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Ayn Rand? Never liked her. Thousands of pages of droning, and a life oozing with hypocrisy.
• “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
• “The Trial” by Franz Kafka
• “Pale Fire” by Vladimir Nabokov
Just a suggestion but ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a really good classic that I really enjoyed, plus there’s a new film version coming out soon.
I would have said ’1984′ or ‘The Doors of Perception’ – but I’m guessing you’ve already come across them as a Orwell and Huxley fan.
Also another book which doesn’t take long to read that I absolutely adore and would suggest to everyone is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paolo Coelho. It’s a great story on the surface with some really inspiring deeper meaning.
@robbiekarlson, I’m not trying to be a downer, and I like posts like this, but there are already 100 different book discussions. Make good use of the search function! You could always bump an old book discussion as well. Hope you find a good book.
@alexisishungry sorry Im still an HE noob
And I understand why alot of people dont like Ayn Rand, I personally liked the anthem and the fountainhead, I tried reading atlas shrugged and that book as you said “drones on and on”.
Thanks for the suggestions guys I appreciate it!
Vladimir Nabokov is also brilliant if you haven’t read already; Lolita and Despair are his best I think.
The Outsider/Stranger by Albert Camus is another good one
Any Franz Kafka, I know someone already mentioned the Trial but I rate all his stuff very highly.
Any James Joyce. I’d start with Dubliners or or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Leave Ulysses until you are familiar with Joyce. Enter into Finnegan’s Wake at your own peril XD
I’m not much of a reader, like writing though. I like Shakespeare, I read Brave New World because the title is a reference to The Tempest. I have read Bridge to Terabithia, The Hobit and a really small time book called Enigma Variations by John Maddox Roberts.
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, spoiler alert: It is never the lower class who did it, they couldn’t possibly be educated well enough to challenge Holmes.
But if you like a bit of prejudice like that in your stories, Biggles has plenty of racial overtones, I love those books. (not for the racism, just for adventure) But chances are they are not in the intellectually stimulating range you are looking for. That is me, if I read or watch movies it is to have a break from intellect, not to exaserbate it.
Also like Stephen King.
Ironic that you mentioned Ayn Rand, i was going to suggest “The Virtues of Selfishness”, because everybody these days is so altruistic and selfless. They think themselves so sophisticated, but they have not questioned any of it.
Considering your taste in science fiction, I’d humbly suggest “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It is short and juicy, definitely a page turner, but also includes very compelling science fiction concepts. Unlike just about any other book, it’s severely underrated.
First of all: I dig the authors you listed, so we have similar taste.
Love in the Time of Cholera
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Sirens of Titan*
Stranger in a Strange Land
Game of Thrones Series**
-George R.R. Martin
*You may have read these already but they are my two favorite KV books.
**If you are into fantasy, some are and some aren’t