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Tinopeners for the mind

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Dispatches (Picador)
Dispatches (Picador)
"truly stunning account of the war, by the man who later co-wrote Apocalypse Now"
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
"All the narrative structure of a bowl of spaghetti, but you still can't put it down"
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
"Imagine 'Withnail and I' set in Las Vegas, only with two Withnails, no 'I' and heinous amounts of drugs..."
Rivethead
Rivethead
"The perfect antidote to all the corporate motivation-speak."
Etiquette for Outlaws
Etiquette for Outlaws
"The urban counterpart to all those 'survival' books, and a damn sight funnier"
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
"Yes, that was my reaction too, but just give it a try.  Absurdly fascinating."
Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?
Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?
"Getting bombed in Algeria one day, then living La Dolce Vita on the Riviera the next. What a life."
The Dark Art of Death (Black Medicine)
The Dark Art of Death (Black Medicine)
"Don't try this at home.  Good for dropping into conversations at dinner parties,though."
Page & Ingpen : Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were
Page & Ingpen : Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were
"The world of your imagination is just as real as the 'real' world.  But in a different way."
Watchmen
Watchmen
"Don't be put off by the comic-book format.  This is an exceptional novel."
The Divine Comedy: Inferno v. 1 (Classics)
The Divine Comedy: Inferno v. 1 (Classics)
"Surprisingly readable.  Don't bother with the other two parts.  Really."
Last Exit to Brooklyn
Last Exit to Brooklyn
"An ideal Christmas present for that ageing maiden aunt.  Or maybe not."
Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice and Alcohol-free Beer
Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice and Alcohol-free Beer
"Two of the best from the funniest political commentator around.  Deny his logic if you can."
Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut
Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut
"And the second of the two.  Satisfyingly sneery, at everything including himself."
Distant Voices
Distant Voices
"The flip-side of O'Rourke.  Not much to laugh about, but still compulsive reading."
Under Milk Wood
Under Milk Wood
"A beautiful book which has to be listened to, not read.  For my money this modern version is the best."
The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus, Book 3): Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales No. 3
The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales (H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus, Book 3): Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales No. 3
"The only writer who ever managed to scare me.  This is the best place to start."
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries)
The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries)
"Stuff you never even dreamed you never knew."
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
"Dark and decadent fairy tales.  'Little girls, this seems to say, never stop along your way'"
The Life and Loves of a She-devil (Coronet Books)
The Life and Loves of a She-devil (Coronet Books)
"The best modern revenge story ever... go get 'em, Ruth."
What Would Betty Do? How to Succeed at the Expense of Others in This World-and the Next
What Would Betty Do? How to Succeed at the Expense of Others in This World-and the Next
"Magnificent - America's Best Christian (tm) tells it like it is."
Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics)
Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics)
"If Johnson was alive today, he'd make a fortune in stand-up comedy"
Tarot of Marseilles Deck
Tarot of Marseilles Deck
"The original.  Get this and ridicule anyone who uses any other kind."