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Added by Darth Brutus on 29 Dec 2020 03:21
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My Favourite Books

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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
This obscure fantasy novel is actually a clever satire of Soviet-era paranoia and dysfunctional thinking. You know, back in the days all kinds of weird and mysterious things like sudden mass disappearances, heads rolling down the streets, weird noises and lights happened all around the country and the government officials and the head of the state were "officially" just as baffled as the common folk.

The only rational explanation for these weird and mysterious events was magic, as if the devil himself had appeared and did all kinds of tricks to the poor Soviet citizens. Soviet Union was an atheist state and officially denounced such explanations, quite ironically. The absurdity of the situation was so fruitful for satire that Bulgakov's masterpiece basically wrote itself.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 0
The Egyptian - Mika Waltari
The mother and father of all historical epics. It's about Egyptian times, but the grand themes are as universal and timeless as they get. I think Mika Waltari is closest to Kenji Mizoguchi as a storyteller.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The grand epic of human drama, psychological realism and ethical thinking. Everything that is good about Dostoyevsky is present here crystallized to the absolute max.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
The finest piece of Afro-American literature ever written. The story is full of existentialism and deep thought about the place and identity of black people and their relationship to revolutionary ideologies like socialism and liberalism. The grand themes are as universal as they come.
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People who added this item 798 Average listal rating (824 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Animal Farm (1945) - George Orwell
Meant as a striking allegory of the rise and degeneration Stalin-era Soviet Union, Animal Farm is still one of the most powerful and depressing novels ever written.
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The single best book I have ever read about music theory. Twentieth-Century Harmony is like the theory of relativity of modern music, but very easy to read and apply with even very basic understanding of the stuff. If you're like me and you're interested in musical composition and more technical side of things, then this is THE book to own.
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Some say this novel is too rushed and ends too quickly, but I loved it. I think it ties all the loose ends perfectly, feels like a fully realized adventure and at least third of the novel is just the masterful epilogue that not only feels epic and adds so much to the lore itself, but also leaves room for continuation, which in this case happens to be at least six more novels. None of them surpassed this, the third one of the nine-book long series.
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Lord of Flies is similar to Animal Farm in spirit, but in this case the author wants to tell a story about human spirit and loss of ideals. While many people tend to see third world folk as savages, our very own culture is just a mask to hide our own similar savagery and brutishness. The title refers to Satan.
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People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
This novel has one of the most beautiful and surprising endings I have ever read. That alone makes it worth to be mentioned here.
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
Narcissus and Goldmund - Hermann Hesse
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (22 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
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People who added this item 1044 Average listal rating (933 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
1984 - George Orwell
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People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (69 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
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People who added this item 517 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Watership Down - Richard Adams_VI
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People who added this item 722 Average listal rating (484 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 0
Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene
They call this book "guitarist's bible" for a reason. Ted Greene was a genius and his ideas regarding harmony and chord relations are cutting edge material and must-have even to this day. One of the best in-depth guitar-related books, must own.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
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The Jazz Theory Book - Mark Levine
Another great theory book. What makes this so good is not just the theory part, but the author has wisely understood that this will be obligatory read for many students, so he put in lots of clever ideas on how to practice and educate the stuff efficiently. Very few books have inspired me this much to learn the ways of jazz.
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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick
The very first truly killer novel Philip K wrote, at least in my opinion. This was also the first one I read back in the day. I can't spoil the story, but Truman Show movie is loosely based on it.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
The Feast of the Goat: A Novel - Mario Vargas Llosa,Edith Grossman
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People who added this item 462 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
Man gets sucked into a world where the time runs backwards. There's clearly few major narrative mistakes and the ending twist is just criminally insane, but that's what's so lovable with these Phil K's novels.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9.3 IMDB Rating 0
Blood Music - Greg Bear
This book I just ate up. It's so damn good and for a scifi novel also very surprising and even poetic.
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