? asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 10 years ago

Have Any Book Suggestions?

Bonjour. ♬

So, I'm looking for some book suggestions, kids.

Let's see if you can help me.

My taste in books is very varied: my bookshelf consists of musician / music (auto)biographies, (Nick Kent's 'Apathy For The Devil', John Lydon's 'No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs') American post-modern cult fiction writers, (Hunter S. Thompson, Don DeLillo, Hubert Selby Jr.) classics, (Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 'Venus In Furs') science-fiction / futurist novels, (H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Phillip K. Dick, George Orwell) and many essays, and obscure, controversial works of literature. Basically loads more cal. Nadsat, anyone?

I'm just interested in being opened up to something new. Don't hesitate, suggest anything. Try me. I'm not averse to novels that have been banned, in fact, I find enjoyment in reading books that government / religion deems to be inappropriate somehow. I'm fascinated by the idea of revolution.

Non-fiction? Fiction? I don't mind.

Fling your ideas at me, guys. Go ahead!

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  • Alice
    Lv 6
    10 years ago
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    Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole by Micco Mann. It has the defiant voice of a 17 year old girl who manages to overcome everything thrown at her in the course of the novel which is a lot-- and she does it in a way that would make all girls proud-- not in a superhuman way or through the assistance of some heroic act of a man or a monster but via her own means.

    http://bit.ly/NokoseeKobo

    http://bit.ly/Nokosee

    Cherry by Mary Karr. A memoir about teens, sex, drugs and growing up in rural Texas as told through the gritty, beautiful prose of one of America's best writers. It's a book every teen girl should read. If the opening paragraph doesn't do it for you, nothing will (you can read it on the Amazon link below).

    http://bit.ly/CherryKarr

    Think of this as Greek mythology lite (less gods, more filling): The King Must Die by Mary Renault. Set in ancient Greece it follows Theseus on a journey of discovery while painting a vivid picture of the times. Loved the descriptions of young uninhibited Greeks running buck naked up hills and through forests and making love among the flowers. The scenes of naked teens jumping bulls with back flips cries out for a cinematic interpretation. Ms. Renault's written a series of historical novels set in this period and all of them are so worthy.

    http://bit.ly/MaryRenault

    The People by Zenna Henderson are psychically gifted extraterrestrials who look like humans. They become stranded on Earth after their starship crashes during a space migration they refer to as the Crossing. What transpires is an engaging look at us meeting them in a desert town in Arizona. The series inspired Francis Ford Coppola's legendary 1972 TV movie starring Kim Darby and William Shatner. I say "legendary" because it hasn't been officially released as a DVD and only exists as a subpar, blurry VHS memory (http://www.amazon.com/People-1972-USA-Ki… That's too bad because from what I heard from people who saw the original on TV nearly 40 years ago , it was magical-- just like the books.

    http://bit.ly/ThePeople

    She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Begins with the life of a school girl with no friends and follows her through many wrong turns until she makes a right one and finds love. The book gives us one of the most memorable characters in literature: Dolores Price.

    http://bit.ly/ShesCome

    Tom Robbins. You can start with his "Still Life With Woodpecker" which can be found here:

    http://bit.ly/TomRobbinsStillLife

    Pamela Des Barres legendary I'm With The Band. It's the ultimate shameless tell-all book by a groupie who couldn't wait to grow up.

    http://www.amazon.com/Im-Band-Confessions-Pamela-B...

  • 10 years ago

    There is a really interesting book called Chinese Cinderella. It's an autobiography, and I hate biographies, but this one was so interesting. I think it's by the same author as Falling Leaves, which someone else suggested. I loved it so much, I couldn't believe how terrible this little girl was treated. But don't worry, it has a happy ending. : )

    I'm not sure if you'd like this one, a lot of people I know don't but whatever. Where the Red Fern Grows is a book about a boy and how he saves up to buy hunting dogs and all there adventures. Unfortunately, this one has a sad ending. But i loved it it is one of my absolute favorite books.

    Source(s): Loved the books!
  • 10 years ago

    For your like of gov't hated books: Behold A Pale Horse by William Cooper. He talks about a lot of conspiracy theory type things and is very detailed in describing what he means. In reality, the government probably is checking this out because the name william cooper and the book are blacklisted and checked out the same way "bomb" and "president" and "assassination" and whatnot are said to be.

    I am typically non-fiction reader, but was turned on to a very good author named Richard Bach. He has a 3 books series that is fantastic and covers a lot of different philosophies through his story. The books are "Illusions: The Misadventures of a Reluctant Messiah" "Bridge Across Forever" and "One."

  • 10 years ago

    I love the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz. It is a quick easy read that taps into supernatural elements in the introduction of the character and moves into a science based phenomena in the sequel. By the third and fourth books you're really attached to the character of Odd. Koontz has some really interesting theories on the balance of the universe in a book called 'in the corner of his eye' or something like that. It has murder and science and supernatural all rolled into one but then again when doesn't he.

    Asimov and Octavia Butler created some great worlds in which to explore. Sci fi. If you haven't picked up anything by them I suggest you give them a read.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    OK, I read like the books are going out of print, so I am thrilled by this question.

    YOU MUST READ "HOLD STILL"!!! It is a beautiful and sad book that I love. I just read it, and it was wonderful.

    Another good read is Falling Leaves, a biography of a chinese woman recounting her difficult life. Her mother died while giving birth to her, meaning that the whole family thought she was bad luck. He step-mother resented her, and she had an awful chilhood which affected her deeply as an adult.

    I don't know how old you are, but I am 13. Don't let that put you off though, these books aren't easy peasy reads.

    HAVE FUN!

  • 10 years ago

    YOU HAVE NOT LIVED IN TILL YOU HAVE READ POISON STUDY!!!!!! it is the most amazing, thought provoking tale i have ever read. it usually takes me two or so days to finish a book but no kidding i finished this in like an hour. when i first got it the title made me think it would be like any other book if not worse, but it is to this very day the best book ever. it is the first of a trilogy, which then leads on to another trilogy about a character you meet in the first trilogy. it is sci-fi fantasy-which i know sounds bad but isn't. if you are not into books like that i suggest willow. it is a great book about a girls journey in not only finding herself and true love but also getting over a large scar that hangs over her.

  • 10 years ago

    How about the Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor?

  • H77
    Lv 4
    10 years ago

    Diary of Anne Frank...... so good

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