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Trust me, these books stay with you

Mark F. Spence "mspen147"
 
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"Salinger's heart-shaped prose connects with every adolescent's feeling of alienation & despair at the phoney society adults have created."
The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones (2000 Ad)
The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones (2000 Ad)
"Buy this & fall in love with Halo, as I did when I first read about her. Alan Moore's underrated best."
Houses Without Doors
Houses Without Doors
"A chilling collection of novellas, short stories & essays. This is worth getting for The Buffalo Hunter alone."
The Bachman Books
The Bachman Books
"Before Stephen King wrote bloated bestsellers, he penned these four gripping, short novels. Be sure to get an old edition that includes Rage, as King has since removed that story."
Nineteen Eighty-four
Nineteen Eighty-four
"Room 101, The Thought Police, Big Brother, 2+2=5. Need I say more? Orwell's masterpiece. Doubleplusgood."
V for Vendetta: New Edition
V for Vendetta: New Edition
"Imagine the totalitarian nightmare described in 1984 blown apart by a mysterious, masked vigilante."
China Mountain Zhang: A Novel
China Mountain Zhang: A Novel
"Her first novel is a triumph.  No one else writes such achingly beautiful, present tense prose as Maureen McHugh."
Watchmen
Watchmen
"A superhero story unlike any other, that changed the face of graphic novels forever. Also brilliantly adapted for the big screen."
The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
"The protagonist is one sick puppy. Uncomfortable to read & has a genuinely surprising ending."
Z For Zachariah (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
Z For Zachariah (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
"Ignore the teenage fiction tag.  This is a very moving tale of the conflict between, quite possibly, the last two people alive on earth."
The Chrysalids
The Chrysalids
"Often overshadowed by Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, but don’t overlook this unusual post-apocalyptic story about mutants who can communicate telepathically."
I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
I Am Legend (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"The last man on earth’s struggle to survive in a world populated by vampires. Ignore the average film adaptations & lose yourself in the novel."
Quake
Quake
"Sick, depraved, pornographic … and I’m slightly ashamed to admit I enjoyed it. This is arguably Laymon's best."
On Writing
On Writing
"This book is a must for every aspiring writer.  Good, practical advice from the man himself. Also buy it for Garrett Addams's winning short story, Jumper."
Prayers to Broken Stones
Prayers to Broken Stones
"A strong collection of short stories.  The Death of the Centaur & The River Styx Runs Upstream are the pick of the bunch."
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
"I have fond childhood memories of Tolkien's classic.  The Riddles in the Dark chapter is particularly memorable."
Non-Stop (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Non-Stop (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"A stunning debut from one of the world’s most renowned science fiction writers."
Junky: The Definitive Text of 'Junk' (Penguin Modern Classics)
Junky: The Definitive Text of 'Junk' (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A bleak & unflinchingly realistic account of drug addiction, that makes a lot more sense than the overly hyped Naked Lunch."
Life After God
Life After God
"Don’t mistake this for one of those God Delusion books that knocks people’s faith, based purely on the title.  This is about facing the fears & anxieties that we all carry in our lives."