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Freak In_the_heart_of_the_fire

black_and_blue

A_child_called_it

I_know_this_much_is_true

shes_come_undone

The incarnation series by Piers Anthony
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Freak I need a new book to read! 021003
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kingsuperspecial lovely bones is pretty good so far. I found myself crying in a cafe at 7:00 this morning. weird.

if you like poetry, buy "Sailing Alone Around The World".

if you like funny randomness, buy anything from Richard Brautigan

Irvine Welsh is pretty good, too.
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sweetheart of the song tra bong "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things"

if you feel like being beautifully disturbed
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screwing for virginity the farseer series from Hobb (the first book is Assassins Quest, which is not the crappy not plot story it sounds like going by the title.)

The Hitch-hiker trilogy (which is 5 books long)

and Shogun (to paraphrase a review: it is horribly long, a pain to read because of it, but worth every word.)

and Clockwork Orange (darker than the movie.)
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screwing for virginity i ment "plotless story" 021003
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silentbob fools_die
mario puzo
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devalis Good Omens
Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett

American Gods
Neil Gaiman

The Song of the Lioness quartet
Tamora Pierce

My Soul to Keep
Tanandarev Due

The Glass Bead Game
Herman Hesse

The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
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Freak I read The Lovely Bones. I thought it was a good book until the end when she went into that other chicks body just because of the fact that the story was believable until then. And if you haven't read it then you still should. I didn't ruin the story by saying that one part. Thats just the only part of the book that sucks. 021005
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Freak Another good set of books is the geodyssey (suppossed to be)triology (consist of 4 books) by Piers Anthony. 021005
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gay gizmo Brave New World ~Aldous Huxley 021006
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bethany fucker you stole that from me
i'm NEVER talkignto you again
throwing my cell phone AWAY
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kx21 The Bitch in the House... 021006
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kx21 Woman_nag? 021006
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Freak the_perks_of_being_a_wallflower has to be one of the best (if not the best) book I have ever read. I highly recommend it!!! 021009
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Freak there is a blather page for this book. perks_of_being_a_wallflower but if you want to find the book to read the title has "the" at the beginning. 021009
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Freak Geek_Love

by Katherine Dunn
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Freak Speak by laurie halse anderson 021121
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Lilac A classic
To_Kill_A_Mockingbird
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birdmad One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 030225
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phil The Death Gate Cycle -
fantasy adventure written by
Margaret Wies and Tracy Hickman
7 book series
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jane cat's cradle
by kurt vonnegut jr
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delial House of Leaves 030225
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delial House of Leaves
by
Mark Z. Danielewski


( house_of_leaves )
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blown cherry The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde

for anyone who's ever thought they saw beauty in life, or art
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cube If you're into Sci-fi, anything by Orson Scott Card is great. His 'Ender's Game' is a must read...
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blue star the book of revelation by rupert thompson.

Johnny got his gun by Dalton Trumbo
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birdmad The Alienist / The Angel of Darkness - Caleb Carr 030226
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frAnk british fiction, preferably booker prize winners, always concise but engrossing like a conversation with some fucking smart cat whose unpretentious. 030226
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jane stranger in a strange land
by robert heinlein
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jane i hope i spelled his name right 030226
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celestias_shadow Orson Scott Card- just anything, they're all amazing

His Dark MAterials trilogy- Philip Pullman...FUCKING amazing, possibly some of the best I've ever read!

The Darkangel- oh god, can't remember who wrote it- oh wait! Meredith Ann Pierce, that's it! If you like spacey fantasy that's just COOL, and you like vampires, you MUST read this book! And its sequels....
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screwing for virginity the fountainhead

great book it points out that people are fake, and many dont really exist, they are just compolations of pop culture and other people.

only downside: you must wade through 200 pages of crap before it gets good
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Alden Tad Williams' Otherland Series
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series
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User24 blather_book_club 030508
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Toxic_Kisses Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

I recomend EVERYONE read this book especialy parents and teenagers for more info on the book go to

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=2THP5BRJ29&isbn=0151006040&itm=1

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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156027348/qid=1052503499/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-6354651-6160025
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smurfus rex To Reign in Hell by Steven Brust

It's gooooood.
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splinken the autobiography of alice b. toklas -- gertrude stein.

a severed head -- iris murdoch
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shivers then again- sorry cant remember who wrote it, kinda nerotic buti luved it

uncomfartably numb - sharon english
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rc did you mean necrotic, necrosis, or neurotic? 030805
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misstree BWAAAAH!

Yes, yes, read to reign in hell. In fact, read everything brust has ever written. Absolutely brilliant fantasy author, far far away from cliches and such a touch with how people would really react... To Reign In Hell is recently re-released, an interesting view on the origins of the universe and the war in heaven. I searched for that book for 10 very very long years. And it was worth every day of it.
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jane flow_my_tears_the_policeman_said
by philip k. dick
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silentbob i also reccomend house of leaves 030805
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delial House of leaves is one of my favorite books.

The "writing style" of Johnny reminded me of Holden Caulfield[from another book I love], the maze of storylines and memories and instances and letters, photos and facts left my mind reeling, but out of joy.

It made me think.
It gave me nightmares.

It went to show that sometimes the most horrifying place lies inside of yourself.

Oh, and my nickname is from the book, obviously. [to those who've read it, heh]
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silentbob are you familiar with the poe cd? 030805
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Fire&Roses Every favorite book of mine is already listed with two exceptions...

High_Fidelity by Nick Hornby &

Farenheight 451 by Ray Bradbury

also not one of my favorites but good books none the less...

The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women - Karl Ackerman

The Last Time They Met - Anita Shreve

Starship Titanic - Terry Jones

Golden Globe - John Varley

ect., ect., ect.
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celestias shadow fight club- chuck palahniuk

me talk pretty one day- david sedaris, it's very funny

feed- m. t. anderson, kinda 1984 but not so depressing, actually now that i think about it it's much more like a clockwork orange, which incidentally was also a fabulous book
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delial To answer your question, yes. I have heard the album, and I've listened to it quite often. Haunted is great. It's amazing to me that they [annie / poe and mark z danielewski ] are brother and sister...and that she'd do a soundtrack for the book. It's a great idea though, and the songs go well with the story. Poe is one of my favorite artists lately.. I find it strange how the tracklisting goes along with events that have happened in my life over the past few years, as well. Coincidences are funny things.

such a talented family.



oh yes, and to keep on topic, other books I'd recommend:

memoirs of a geisha
east of eden
lolita
their eyes were watching god
the house on mango street
catcher in the rye
to kill a mockingbird


yap
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User24 non-fiction, but a great read:
Political Ideologies - Andrew Heywood
0-333-96178-1
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User24 Susan Cooper, The Dark Is Rising (it's a sequence of five books);

Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark Is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King
The Silver On the Tree

If you like Arthurian legend, Harry Potter, and good v evil magic and mystery, you'll love these books.

(I only mention Harry Potter due to the similar target audience)
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girl_jane the_giving_tree

It's short, but a classic.
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User24 indeed it is, never read it before, thanks for giving a signpost :) 031012
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girl_jane You're welcome. 031013
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swamp thing any thing and everything by bret easton ellis in this order: Less than zero, the rules of attraction, the informers, glamorama.

also read comic books. i recomend watchmen by alan moore. the movie the should have made.
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god the davinci code by dan brown 031015
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User24 alan moore lives in my town 031015
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oldephebe i shouldn't be suprised that there's an andy sidaris referance here..yeah sidaris is hilarious..and uh..his succes hasn't blunted his oh so original quirky voice/muse..

oh ah anything by don dillilo (sp) or Samuel Baldwin..I've read giovanni's room countless times..and it tears me into sorrow every time..
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realistic optimist dude, where's my country? by michael moore 040115
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zeke Dhalgren, Nova - Samuel R. Delaney
Vurt - Jeff Noon
Ulysses - James Joyce
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Leguin
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Shockwave Rider, The Sheep Look Up, Stand On Zanzabar - John Brunner
Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs
The Thin Man - Dashell Hammett
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silentlybroken The Great Gatsby, a little simple in places, but strangely mystical in others. The last page appeals to me in a way that no literary work ever has. You'll see what I mean.

Songbird is also one of my favourites.
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smurfus rex try "the devil's apocrypha" by jon de vito.

especially you, misstree. :)
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u24 invitation to the game
-monica hughes
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cocoon i cannot believe no-one has mentioned pg wodehouse. jeeves and wooster are so amazingly funny. the humour is more in the language and way he describes things, but they definetely deserve to be read by everyone. 040203
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zeke Dream of Glass
by Jean Mark Gawron
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zeke Floating Worlds
by Celia Holland
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zeke Winter's Tale
by Mark Helprin
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zeke Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Phillip K Dick
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Witchesrequiem Lost souls, Drawing blood and Wormwood. by Poppy Z Brite.

Also the short stories books Love in vain. Various writers.

Can't forget Ann Rice

For Occult:
The secret teachings of all ages Manley P Hall
Anything Delawrence wrote.
High and low magic Mary Onidia Toops
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falling_alone i love francesca lia block. anything from her.

there have been many on here that are favorites.

user24, i love you for mentioning Harry Potter.

if u haven't the books yet, what are you waiting for?! they're not just for kids
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zeke Ridley Walker
by Russell Hoban

A Canticle For Leibowitz
by Walter M Miller Jr
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zeke Blue Highways
by William Least-Heat Moon
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zeke The Epic of Gilgamesh 040207
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whitechocolatewalrus Drowning Ruth - Christina Scharwz

Born Blue - Han Nolan

Orfe - Cynthia Voight
(an others by her too)

Separate Peace - John Knowles

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Lisa Bright and Dark - John Neufeld

Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

America - E. R. Frank
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lou_la_belle to anyone looking into historical fiction, The Other Boylen(spelling?)Girl is wonderful. For something a bit lighter, yet makes me store up kleenex for those heart-rending moments, i would definatly suggest to all the romantics The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. (Its also historical fiction). I also reccomend The Mists of Avalon for those interested in the tales of King Arthur, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 040601
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puredream Mirabilis
by Susan Cokal
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lizzy Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse
by Robert Rankin....... or ya know what.... anything he ever wrote for that matter.....

Enchantment By Orson Scott Card
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lizzy oh and a short classic

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
~brainfart~ can't recall who wrote it, and SO not about to try and find my copy....
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LavenderTraces The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

How To Breathe Underwater
Julie Orringer
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pete have you got to any that i recommended meg? dont worry if you havent, the list only keeps growing... *smiles*

celestine prophecies
tao te ching
bhagavad-gita
the book of ecclessastes (or however it is spelt)
the book of job
calculating god
factoring humanity
hominids
humans
the white plague
dune, ect
enders game
enders shadow
shadow of the hegemon
between the rivers
the great war: american front
a coast of trees
sumerian vistas
hubbert's peak
the symposium of plato
the republic of plato (oh the sarcasm of socrates! i love it!)
that hideous strength
the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, ect
homecoming (a pentology)
the upanisads
the medea
the bacchae
the antigone
the orestia (agamennom, libatition bearers, eumynedies)
the odyssey
the iliad
the gita-govinda
the song of songs
and so many more, but my mind just went blank so i dont remember

ohhh! yes, i have a few more
the parade of ants, from some purana
the buddhachatria (or however its spelt)
the rg veda, esp 10:40 (i like that one)
wheel of time, but only if you have a lot of time on your hands and like someone who talks around sex ad nasueom...

well thats a good start *smiles*
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pete i forgot:

siddharta,
the hobbit,
the simarillion,
the lord of the rings,
the book of lost tales,
and ya.. ill just stop now, again
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Leland im reading BLood and gold by anne rice.. it's good :) 040707
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Leland im reading BLood and gold by anne rice.. it's good :) 040707
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u24 "a series of unfortunate events"
lemony snicket

non-fiction:
"Witches and Wizards"
Anton and Mina Adams
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Raina The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

The laws included therein can be used for both positive and negative results. It's broken the monotony on my mundane job...

My favorite one is Law number 18:

"Do not build fortresses to protect yourself-isolation is dangerous...." For me, this is a true challenge.

The one that has created the most pleasant chaos is number 12:

"Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim..."

The author usues parables, and historical references. Very good and useful read.
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z [has any one actually chosen a book to read because of this page? i must admit that i have not.]

see: book_reviews
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hsg a_course_in_miracles 050724
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anne-girl the power of now
by eckhart tolle (i probably misspelt that horribly...)

interesting read
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andru235 _flatlands_ by edwin a. abbott 050724
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pete all the dune books, by frank or brian herbert 050724
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anne-girl the unbearable lightness of being
by milan kundera
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u24 hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world. - haruki murakami

a most excellent postmodernist narrative.
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neesh after the quake by murakami too. mind-blowingly brilliant set of short stories. 051214
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neesh adam phillips - "on kissing, tickling and being bored", "on flirtation".

amazing insights into rather interesting areas of psychology, and a profound understanding of what psychotherapy can be.
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unhinged kafka on the shore --- haruki murakami
(i was kind of ambivalent about murakami but i think it's because japanese culture baffles me)

white oleander --- janet fitch
(i'm reselling a lot of the books i've bought in the past year; only good for a read-through. i'm going to keep this one though.)

prague --- arthur phillips
(the narrative style is pretty interesting and it's about two of my favorite cities, budapest and prague in the days right after communism was banished.)
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high viscosity the_hunger_artist by KAFKA 061026
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unhinged i have some kafka and dostoevsky in the 'read next' pile on the table near my bed rather than in the bookself on the opposite wall, but i have to be in the right mood for those. i don't find myself in that mood much anymore. 061026
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nom can anyone tell me where the bookswap blathe is? the one where i offered to mail books around 061026
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oren Island_In_The_Sea_Of_Time 061026
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endless desire someone from blather mailed me the_perks_of_being_a_wallflower one winter and it literally changed my life forever--as well as my family's. 061026
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endless desire nomme: here you go:

blather_book_swap
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epitome of incomprehensibility The Assault
Written by Henry Mulisch, it's the story of a boy living in Holland whose family is killed in World War 2... Only the first quarter or so deals with the actual event, the rest takes place at various later dates. It's not too depressing, or too optimistic; it's an interesting psychological study of the character, and exciting too (in my opinion).

Now something a bit more familiar:
Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf. I'm not finished reading it yet. To the Lighthouse is also great, though perhaps a bit more demanding in spots.
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nom thankyou endless! 061027
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jane i dont think i saw catcher in the rye in there... but i would also say choke by chuck_palahniuk 061028
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Ouroboros infinite_jest 061029
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pete watership down 061029
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endless desire no problem nomme :) it was a great idea. that's how i initially read the_perks_of_being_a_wallflower. 061029
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Ouroboros the revolt of the cockroach people, oscar zeta acosta 070906
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jane in the penal colony
and
metamorphosis

by kafka
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pete fitzpatrick's war

a sense of place, a sense of time
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delial white_oleander

"Now I wished she'd never broken any of her rules. I understood why she held to them so hard. Once you broke the first one, they all broke, one by one, like firecrackers exploding in your face in a parking lot on the Fourth of July."
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rubydee special_topics_in_calamity_physics
by marisha pessl
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pSyche Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.
the Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde.
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lucyford dharma punx by noah levine 080101
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jane welcome_to_the_monkey_house 080625
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(z) (oryx & crake - margaret atwood) 120928
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pobodys nerfect "Lottery" ~ Patricia Wood 120928
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