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The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language: The New Science of Language and Mind (Penguin Science)
"Dazzling gripping boggling brain-food. Savour each page, marvel at each chapter. Genuinely and utterly life-changing. (Of the ten most-quoted sources in history, Chomsky is the only one still alive."
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
"A finalist for ''the world's most unsettling book''. Haunting, uncomfortable and edgy, Smilla is simultaneously a hero and violent, sexually-deviant sociopath."
Borderliners (Harvill Panther)
"A pigeon-step ahead of Smilla in weirdness - is it autobiographical? A paean to a disturbed childhood. Scandinavians weird-out like no one else."
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (International Writers)
"The German part of the ''Axis of Weirdness''. Every man will find a scary resonance in Grenouille's obsession. The story ends in the most perfect way imaginable."
"Now the Dutch have a go. Another disturbed hero. Gentle language but sharp observations."
"Bonkers, quite bonkers. Did someone put LSD in Mr Thomson's soft drink?"
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
"As the back-cover says, ''It takes a baseball bat to the inside of your head''. Double-takes required."
Design patterns : elements of reusable object-oriented software
"Wonderful clarity of thought; like maths with objects instead of numbers."
The Thought Gang
"Rich, chewy, zany, barking - first known use of prose as a weapon? makes other books on this illustrious list feel pedestrian! Get Zet!"
The Music Of The Spheres: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe
"History, philosophy, music, science, art, the Ancients, the modern, the West & East. JJ recognises no boundaries and works some real magic. This gun is fully loaded."
Let's Put the Future Behind Us
"Russian gangsters, extremist nationalists, layabouts and a dog called "Pussyeater". Not Literature but the near-farcical closing scene makes it a must. Captures the feel of Russia in 1992 perfectly."
The Little Book Of Buddhism
"The above are brain-food, this is soul-food."
Buddhism Plain and Simple (Arkana)
"Simple, clear, beautiful. Just like Buddhism."
The Koran (Penguin Classics)
"The only way to understand a beautiful and peaceful religion."
KJV Emerald Text Edition KJ530:T Hardback with Jacket 40: Authorized King James Version (Bible Akjv)
"If only for the quality of the English, which is stunning."
The Fabric of Reality: Towards a Theory of Everything
"''Big up'' the existential thinking massive."
Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science (Penguin Modern Classics)
"The big man speaks - head-thrashing stuff."
A Clockwork Orange (Essential Penguin)
"A malenky tolchok in the face of reasoned humanity."
A Book of Surrealist Games
"Deckchair adversity brambles."
The Shape Of Things To Come (The Everyman library)
"In loving memory of my grandpa - his favourite book ever, of which I own the original."
"Kick out the jams - one of the few boom-era books to have lasting value."
Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story
"The psychopharmaconaut's unique oddysey never rambles or strays from the work at hand; how did he keep it together...?"
Other Worlds: Space, Superspace and the Quantum Universe (Penguin science)
"Things ain't quite how they seem."
The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered
"The self-described ''giant digestive tract'' in action."
But Where is the Green Parrot? (Piper Picture Books)
"But where IS the green parrot? A favourite from my childhood."
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