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Online Books/Stories. The 16 Best Dystopian Books Of All Time. Dystopian novels—stories of the horrific future—are so common as to be almost forgettable. Here is a compilation of what I believe are the 16 greatest of the genre. I could happily list twice as many that are amazing, but these are the best. From the post-apocalyptic wasteland to deadly viruses to social malaise, all possible bad futures end here. 16. That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis Best known for his Narnia novels, CS Lewis also wrote a trilogy dealing with visiting other planets—well the first two books did. 15.

Wow, can you get more polar opposite of CS Lewis than Margaret Atwood? 14. While perhaps not as well known as some, John Christopher (the pen name of Samuel Youd) wrote a fantastic trilogy of young adult novels, set in a far future where the world has reverted to a feudal society after a global ecological disaster. 13. This novel, combined with Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide are all you need to face the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time. In my younger days if I heard a book or movie was disturbing or hard to handle I generally took that as a challenge.

The 10 Most Disturbing Books Of All Time

Most books generally turned out to not be too bad, but occasionally I’d come across something that would leave me with a sick feeling in my stomach for weeks. I’ve largely outgrown this “genre” of late, but here are my picks for the ten most disturbing books of all time. Any one of these books is capable of leaving you feeling a little depressed at the least, and permanently scarred at the worst. I’d say enjoy, but that doesn’t really seem appropriate … 10. Blindness is a book with a truly horrifying scenario at it’s heart: what if everyone in the world were to lose their sight to disease in a short period of time? 9. Anti drug crusaders should stop airing goofy commercials that nobody takes seriously and start pushing to have Requiem For A Dream made required reading for every high schooler in the country. 8.

Naked Lunc is another ode to drug addiction. Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years - Top 10 Lists. Books The ten novels on this list all substantiate the belief that books are the most elastic, introspective, human and entertaining form of media that exist.

Top 10 Best Novels of the Last 20 Years - Top 10 Lists

Not movies, not music, not art, not the theatre. The Books That Changed Your Lives. I have a feeling that many of these are favourite books rather than life-changing.

The Books That Changed Your Lives

Certainly I love "The Hitch-hikers Guide ... ", "Ender" and "Dune" but I don't think they have changed my life. Jared Diamond's book is very interesting but hardly life-changing. In my opinion "2001: A Space Odyssey" had a huge effect on the way people perceive the benefits of science, undermining the positive attitude created by the Apollo program. "1984" had the biggest effect on me, changing my view of government, communication and words.

I have read but cannot recall much of "Zen ... " but you have inspired me to pick it up again and the two Dawkins books are waiting on my "to be read" pile. Print - The 75 Books Every Man Should Read. Sum (book) Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, also simply called Sum, is a work of speculative fiction by the neuroscientist David Eagleman.

Sum (book)

It is in press in 23 languages as of 2012[update]. The Los Angeles Times described it as "teeming, writhing with imagination. "[2] Barnes and Noble named it one of the Best Books of 2009.[3] Synopsis[edit] As a short story cycle, the book presents forty mutually exclusive stories staged in a wide variety of possible afterlives. The title word "Sum" refers to the Latin for "I am," as in Cogito ergo sum. Like Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Sum does not fit entirely into the traditional category of a novel. The New York Times Book Review called Sum a "delightful, thought-provoking little collection [which] belongs to that category of strange, unclassifiable books that will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned".[10] Sum was chosen by Time Magazine for their 2009 Summer Reading list, with the acclaim "Eagleman is a true original.

If on a winter's night a traveler. If on a winter's night a traveler (Italian: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore) is a 1979 novel by the Italian postmodernist writer Italo Calvino.

If on a winter's night a traveler

The narrative, in the form of a frame story, is about the reader trying to read a book called If on a winter's night a traveler. Each chapter is divided into two sections. The first section of each chapter is in second person, and describes the process the reader goes through to attempt to read the next chapter of the book he is reading. The second half is the first part of new book that the reader ("you") finds.