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GruntLogic's Favorite Books

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People who added this item 25  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
1. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
I've been in love with this book ever since I first read it fifteen years ago. I've gained a small bit of objective criticism about it since, and I will say that it takes a while to get into gear, but once the character of Jubal Harshaw is introduced, the story really starts to take off. Harshaw as a character really serves as a mouthpiece for Heinlein, and Jubal is used to convey many of Heinlein's opinions. I feel this book is an excellent look at just what it means to be a human being, from the perspective of someone from Mars.
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People who added this item 445  Average listal rating (174 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
2. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
I feel that this book just about exactly captures how I feel about my term of service in the United States Marine Corps, the sheer absurdity of it all. So I guess I feel a bit of a personal connection to this book.
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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
3. Dune
I'm not going to lie, I rarely recommend this book to people, despite how much I love it. I think this book can be an incredible challenge to many readers. The story moves a bit slowly, but I love the ideas Frank Herbert puts forth. When you set a book 10,000 years into the future, it gives you a lot of room to play with ideas and concepts that would take just that long to develop. It is a novel that functions as commentary on environmentalism, politics, philosophy, and genetics, among other topics. Also, this a book that has it's own glossary.
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People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
4. American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman
I love the imagination of Neil Gaiman, and I love how he plays with the mythologies that I grew up with. He also weaves in a bit of the philosophy of Joseph Campbell, despite Gaiman's testimony that he hasn't ever read anything by Campbell.
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People who added this item 133  Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
5. House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
I can just about guarantee that you will never read a book quite like this one. I think that the way that this book takes several different story lines, and weaves them all together is handled in a marvelously inventive way.
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People who added this item 489  Average listal rating (258 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
6. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
I love the biting satire that Vonnegut brings to all of his works. I feel this novel is a look at the illogical nature of human beings, told through the perspective of a man who has become "unstuck" in time. If it sounds bizarre, that's because it is, but then again, so is life.
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People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
7. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Most novels set in a post-apocalyptic setting have a strange appeal for me, and I usually feel like I'd like to live in them, if only for a time. This is the exception. The relentless bleak world that the man and the boy inhabit is unlike anything I've ever read. This is a world that has been destroyed. It is a dying world that is brutal in it's desolation. The focus isn't on how the world ended, no one has time for that luxury, because every day is a struggle to survive.
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People who added this item 102  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
8. Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley
If there were ever a situation where the book is better than the movie, this is it. In fact, most movies about Frankenstein seem to have almost no relation to the book at all, it's as though it were a completely different story. The creature may be one of the most sympathetic characters ever created.
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9. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan ... - Edgar Allan Poe
Poe is the father of the short story. A story that you can read in one sitting. He is an absolute master of the English language.
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 9.9  IMDB Rating
10. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
I'm not sure how to describe such a classic book. If you haven't read it, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you have read it, then you know what I'm talking about. The world that Tolkien creates is absolutely gorgeous. He took great care in crafting this world and it's mythology, and even the languages in it, and it shows.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 10  IMDB Rating
11. The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell_III
This book isn't the most entertaining read, in and of itself, but it is instead a tool. A tool that can and will greatly enhance your knowledge and appreciation of literature. You may even notice that it can enhance your own life, and the journey you never knew you were on.
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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
12. A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
I used to think that Ernest Hemingway was the greatest author who ever lived. I've since tempered my opinion considerably. Now I think he's just a good author. I still do think that this is his finest work. It's a very sad love story. I can also see now how some may think that Hemingway may be a bit misogynistic, but I don't think it's quite so noticeable here. He isn't known for creating strong female characters, and I suppose you won't find any here either.
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People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
13. Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 - Clive Barker
I like Clive Barker's brand of horror. I feel that there is a dash of H.P. Lovecraft here, with unknowable horrors closing in, and it is combined with the opinion that human beings are little more than walking piles of meat that happen to have personalities and feelings.
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14. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders
Speaking of short stories, I feel this is the best modern collection of short stories. Each story is utterly fascinating and extremely bizarre.
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15. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The best, most believable dystopian future in literature. For comparison to 1984 I refer to this article:

Social critic Neil Postman contrasts the worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He writes:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.
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People who added this item 50  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
16. Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in th... - Cormac McCarthy
This is one of the most brutally violent books I've ever read. It's also fairly difficult to read and make sense of. At first I found it incredibly frustrating, but then it started to dawn on me that that might actually be an intentional effect. This book is a like trying to read a bad acid trip, and it is both simultaneously revolting and fascinating.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
17. Cry, the Beloved Country (Scribner Classics) - Alan Paton
A beautifully written book that looks at some of the problems that would later lead to apartheid in South Africa. It is a sad story, there is some hope, but not much.
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18. Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank
The first post-apocalyptic story I ever read. Wonderfully grounded in reality. A story of a community trying to survive in the aftermath of nuclear holocaust.
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People who added this item 159  Average listal rating (80 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
19. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
This book is really the origin of modern zombie movies/literature. It is interesting to note that it isn't even about zombies, it's about vampires. I like the utter isolation that Robert Neville faces. You really feel like you understand his despair at being truly alone, desperately clinging to life, despite not having any real reason to believe that it's ever going to get better. The belief that you are truly the last human being alive in the world.
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People who added this item 74  Average listal rating (39 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
20. The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
This is the life I want to live, even the bad parts.
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People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
21. Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabr... - H. P. Lovecraft,Robert Bloch
I think this is as good a place as any to start delving into the world of H.P. Lovecraft. The title is self-explanatory.
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People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
22. Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein
I think this novel has a unique position of simultaneously celebrating militarism and at the same time, condemning it. I'm not sure how to explain it better, it's a fairly quick read, give it a shot and you'll see what I mean.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
23. The Moon is Down (Penguin Modern Classics) - John Steinbeck
I feel like this story explains why Resistance is stronger than War.
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
24. The Norton Shakespeare
The best, most complete collection of the works of William Shakespeare. I'll also add that the footnotes were actually of some use and were frequently quite helpful.
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
25. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Oxford World... - Mark Twain
A classic of American literature by America's greatest satirist.
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 9.2  IMDB Rating
26. Welcome to the Monkey House - Kurt Vonnegut
Another collection of short stories, this one by the contemporary master of American satire, Kurt Vonnegut.
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People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
27. The Portable Henry Rollins - Henry Rollins
As a cynical bastard, I think of this as being my personal manifesto. I wonder how my life would have changed if I had read this after graduating from high school. I think it could have made an incredible impact on my life.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
28. Poems New and Collected
My favorite collection of poems by my favorite poet: Wisława Szymborska. She makes simple, ironic observations of human nature, without ever coming across as being bitter or jaded or cynical.
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Yeats is a poet who had an incredible career, and this selection of poetry is a wonderful example of his growth as a poet.
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
30. On Liberty (2011)
I think that if you love the idea of freedom, this is the best argument for defining it.
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 9.1  IMDB Rating
31. Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
Okay, so I'm a bit of a fanboy when it comes to Vonnegut. This is another delightful story by a contemporary master of American satire.
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People who added this item 104  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
32. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
A marvelously inventive take on a dystopian future.
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
33. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
A superb collection of short stories, well worth anyone's time to read.
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See my description for On Liberty by John Stuart Mill. This merits the same attention, though I suppose the prose here can be a bit dense.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9.5  IMDB Rating
35. Return to the City of White Donkeys: Poems (2005)
James Tate is one of the most creative writers currently living today. His poems really seem like incredibly small stories that get more and more bizarre as you read them.
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating
36. Dubliners: Text and Criticism; Revised Editi... - James Joyce
As a fan of short stories, this is the best collection that I would classify as "Literature."
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
37. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
A marvelous classic of American Literature. I think it can be a tad dense for modern readers who are used to page-turners that move at a brisk pace.
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38. Hartley Field: Poems
This is the kind of poetry that I want to write. It is beautiful, lovingly crafted, and very thoughtful.
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
39. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - Italo Calvino
I'd never before read a novel in the 2nd Person. It's... interesting, to say the least.
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
40. The Partly Cloudy Patriot - Sarah Vowell
Ms. Vowell as marvelous insight into modern American life in these little stories.
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People who added this item 116  Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
41. Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, Book 2) - Frank Herbert
continuing the Dune saga.
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People who added this item 108  Average listal rating (53 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
42. Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 3) - Frank Herbert
continuing the Dune saga.
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People who added this item 73  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
43. God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 4... - Frank Herbert
continuing the Dune saga.
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44. Heretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 5) - Frank Herbert
continuing the Dune saga.
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People who added this item 69  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
45. Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles, Book 6) - Frank Herbert
the end of the Dune saga.
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
46. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
The classic masterpiece of warfare. Still applicable, even after all these millennia.
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47. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movi... - Bruce Campbell
This books offers humorous insight into low-budget movie-making hijinks.
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The life of Theodore Roosevelt is truly extraordinary. Enough so that it fully requires at least three volumes to even begin to try to encapsulate it. This is the first volume, appropriately titled: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. This man is truly an inspiration to all of humanity.
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People who added this item 85  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
49. Beowulf - Anonymous
A true classic of English language literature. I've always been a sucker for mythological stories.
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As stated in the title, this book contains a lot of good practical advice for aspiring poets. I also found a lot of the advice by Ted Kooser to be a bit inspirational as well, as far as writing goes.
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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 9 20:33
Very interesting list!
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Very nice list!

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