Thread: Best Books of the Last 30 Years

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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Also books/short stories from Ray Bradbury like Fahrenheit 451/The Illustrated Man and some others. William Burroughs The Naked Lunch. Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange. And of course H.P. Lovecraft mythos.

    Can't go wrong with some classics. My fave is Jonathan Swift's Gulliver travels.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Anything by Ian McEwan will do.



    or Cormac McCarthy

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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    It depends on what you like. Are you looking for just any novel that will make you think? Are you like me, looking for a challenging read that may leave you stunned and ponderous?

    Here are some that are different from the average newsstand fare:

    - Babel-17, by Samuel R. Delany
    This one was written years ago but it is still a very interestig read. It is a science fiction story with spaceships and whatnot, but that is simply the literary platform from which the author explores the way language dictates thought.

    - The Raw Shark Texts, by Steven Hall
    It has been described as "the bastard love child of the matrix, jaws and the da vinci code". This is a book that is self concsious about being a book and blurs the lines between literature, thought and reality.

    - House of Leaves, bt Mark Z. Danielewski
    House of leaves is probably the most non-linear novel I have ever read and I don't just mean that from the standpoint of the story's chronology, but also the actual type itself is physically all over the place.

    A few other authors to check out:

    - Haruki Murakami.
    His books are surreal, thought-provoking and may leave you wondering what the hell just happened.

    - Tom Robbins.
    This guy has obviously been influenced by the likes of Vonnegut and Kafka, his books can be described as allegories that paint a silly picyure of the human condition.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    What are you looking for, just novels? There are so many. Stieg Larsson's "Millenium" trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) got tons of attention lately. Right now I'm reading "Generation X" (1991) by Douglas Coupland. It reminds me of Bret Easton Ellis in how smarmy and disgusted it is with the world. Very 90s, post, hip, etc so if you like that sort of thing, either of those authors will do.

    I'd suggest going to your local library to see what's new or recommended.
    You could also look at what has won [url=http://www.amazon.com/Awards-Books/b?ie=UTF8&node=542942]awards[/url], check out a few [url=http://www.invesp.com/blog-rank/Books]book blogs[/url], or subscribe to The New Yorker or a similar magazine that features short stories and excerpts of new books.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Narrow it down to genre and thematic elements and you may end up with good ones.

    Last time I read Bruno Schulz and Chuck Palahniuk.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Quote by vkimo
    I can name quite a few books written in the last 30 years I enjoyed. But every book that really made me think, was written before then it seems.


    Same here.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Seems like most books published now are just shallow page turners. Junk food books. Great for quick excitement, but when you're done, you're the same person you were before you read it.

    I'm sure quality books are out there, you just have to search for them. I can name quite a few books written in the last 30 years I enjoyed. But every book that really made me think, was written before then it seems.
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    • 8 years 9 months ago
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    Just starting this thread because most of the lit I enjoy is pre-1970s. I know there are decent newer authors but...David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Lorrie Moore are only a few of the ones I like. Amazon is good for recommending stuff but I figured I'd ask around anyway.
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