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25 Books

Mr. C. Johnson "capoeirafreak"
 
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four
"Still as relevant as it ever has been (except for the title)"
Survivor
Survivor
"As dark and twisted as Fight Club. Very Good"
Spares
Spares
"Chilling premise, well written"
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
"Often seen as just a school text, but this is a fascinating read"
Brave New World (Flamingo modern classics)
Brave New World (Flamingo modern classics)
"Huxley's nightmarish vision is gripping, if only the story matched the setting"
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly
"The book is just as amazing as the circumstances surrounding its conception."
Darkest Day
Darkest Day
"Fowler's style is compelling, another fantastic addition to his roster"
Darkness at Noon
Darkness at Noon
"Yet another socio-political commentary in the list.  More down to earth than Huxley or Orwell."
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"For the 'cynical adolescent' in all of us"
The Collector Collector
The Collector Collector
"Slightly crazy, pottery based fiction"
number9dream
number9dream
"Gripping dreamlike novel, put me off ten pin bowling though."
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture
"A very easy book to read, and all the better for it"
Morvern Callar
Morvern Callar
"Very Stark"
Marabou Stork Nightmares
Marabou Stork Nightmares
"So much better than Trainspotting and Welsh's other mediocre offerings"
Manchester United Ruined My Life
Manchester United Ruined My Life
"A better version of fever pitch, with a fantastic title"
House Of Leaves
House Of Leaves
"Appears to be a bit of a gimmick at first, but the quality of the writing still exceeds that of the printing"
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"Included for the first half of the book.  Seemed to lose its way later on."
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
"A book that grips you from the start and doesn't let you go until the end"
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman
"Slightly strange, but intriguing novel from the writer of Withnail"
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
"Fantastically written book about nothing."
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
"The book that caused me to read all the others on this page.  Brilliantly funny"
Junky (Essential Penguin)
Junky (Essential Penguin)
"Not a happy book"
Disgrace
Disgrace
"Deserved winner of the Booker prize"
The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road-Trip Through South America
The Gringo Trail: A Darkly Comic Road-Trip Through South America
"A readable travelogue, surely some mistake"
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
"Top quality writing from the irrepressible Murakami"