Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Five books



On Twitter, "Emma," a librarian, writer and blogger, Tweeted, "Quote & RT with your top 5 books of all time. Don't think about it, just follow your heart."

So I quoted the Tweet and offered these five:

1. Illuminatus! Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.
3. Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.
4. The Gold Bug Variations, Richard Powers.
5. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson.

Of course, the nature of such an exercise is that one has second thoughts. Should I have listed The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe instead? Where is Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov, and Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty and Excession by Iain M. Banks?

What are your five?

9 comments:

Eric Wagner said...

The Fusus al-Hikam by Ibn 'Arabi
I, Wabenzi by Rafi Zabor
The Bear Comes Home by Rafi Zabor
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
Prometheus Rising (revised version) by Robert Anton Looney

Joshua Hallenbeck said...

1.The Historical Iluminatus Chronicles (all 3) Robert Anton Wilson
2.Jerusalem by Alan Moore
3.Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
4.Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
5.Masks of the Illuminati Robert Anton Wilson

Oz Fritz said...

In no particular order:

Finnegans Wake - James Joyce
Cosmic Trigger Vol. I - RAW
The Logic of Sense - Gilles Deleuze
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
The Book of Lies - Aleister Crowley

Branka Tesla said...

10 would be easier to do than 5:

1. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche
2. The Illuminati Papers, by Robert Anton Wilson
3. Le Spleen de Paris, by Charles Baudelaire
4. Six-Legged Sex, The Erotic Lives of Bugs, by James Wangberg
5. Present Shock, by Douglas Rushkoff

supergee said...

Illuminatus--Shea & Wilson
Stranger in a Strange Land--Robert A. Heinlein
Catch-22--Joseph Heller
Time out of Joint--Philip K. Dick
Fictions--Jorge Luis Borges

Dustin said...

1. Cosmic Trigger I by RAW
2. Flashbacks by Timothy Leary
3. Cyberia by Douglas Rushkoff
4. Masks of the Illuminati by RAW
5. Supergods by Grant Morrison

Manic The Doodler said...

1) Blood Meridian —Cormac McCarthy
2) Memories, Dreams, Reflections — CG Jung
3) The Last Temptation Of Christ — Nikos Kazantzakis
4) The Place Of Dead Roads — William S Burroughs
5) Heart Of Darkness —Joseph Conrad

Rarebit Fiend said...

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
American Sniper
Vampire: The Masquerade Player's Handbook
Garfield at Large
The Da Vinci Code

peter said...

nice post