I was talking to Debbie yesterday about what her all-time favourite books were. I managed to guess 3 of her top 5, but then I got into a pretty grey area where I was guessing books that were probably in her top 20, but definitely didn't make the top 5.
I then started thinking about my own 5 favourite books, and found that there were a large number of possibilities. Debbie guessed 5 or 6 books that I thought all warranted being in the top 10, but I struggled to rank them. So, over the next couple of weeks, I intend to make a short list of books that I really, really like, and from this list will reduce it down to a current top 5. Please feel free to make suggestions - especially if you know that I said I loved a book, but it doesn't show up on the list. If there's a book that's in your top 5 that I haven't mentioned, please let me know, and I may add it to my towering pile of books to read.
In no particular order, some books Matt loves are:
Kurt Vonnegut - Breakfast of Champions, Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle, Galapagos
Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club
Philip K Dick - Radio Free Albemuth
William S Burroughs - Naked Lunch, The Ticket that Exploded, Cities of the Red Night
Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman - The Dragonlance Chronicles
Joseph Heller - Catch 22
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
Hunter S Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Robert Anton Wilson - The Historical Illuminatus Trilogy (haven't read part 3 yet - will do this holidays)
Stephen King - The Eyes of the Dragon, The Stand, Dolores Claiborne
John Brunner - um, so many to choose from, uh, The Sheep Look Up?
Right, that's enough for Day One. I will actually look at my bookshelves when I'm next at home and at leisure (possibly being next year). From this group, Vonnegut, Wilson and Heller are the current forerunners.
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