Books

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

In my opinion this is a literary masterpiece.

The genius of the writing, where reality and the book blur, is something I've never experienced in a book before. I was taken on a mental trip where reality seemed unstable for a moment.  On the back of the book, the New York Times has said "Vonnegut performs considerable complex magic...he very nearly levitates", and I couldn't agree more.

Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

There are many reasons I have read one book or another, and with this one it was for no better reason than that I liked the title. It had stuck in my head for some reason, and so I had no other option than to read the book.

Ringolevio

Emmett Grogan

By the time Emmett Grogan was 21, he had been halfway around the world, had dealings with the Mafia, the IRA, been in prison, been addicted to heroin (which eventually killed him) and many other things. His autobiography is a rollicking tale, every chapter is enjoyable, and there is a kind of voyeurism in watching this anti-hero traverse situations that we probably wouldn't be comfortable in ourselves.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's, as it is simply known to its fans, is a sci-fi comedy classic.

Douglas Adams has such delightful turns of thought, that one can forgive his complete bastardization of the word trilogy. Whether one forgives him or not is probably of no matter to Douglas Adams himself, as he has now booked a permanent table at the restaurant at the end of the universe, at which we will all one day find ourselves.

The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is a seminal book in my life. Although I read a little when I was very young, I fell out of the habbit, and sport, movies, tv etc took over.

The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien

Since the movie marketing machine of U.S. economic imperialism sprang into action there is little need to explain much about the Lord of the Rings to people. I am one of the lucky one's who got to read it without any preconceptions of what the world and the characters looked like.

The Silmarillion

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion is the book to which the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit owe their lineage.

Tolkien was a great admirer of language, and he invented the realm of Middle Earth partly as a setting for the invention of new dialects he created.