Go Back   Palimpsest > Reviews > Top Tens

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 16th Aug 2004, 17:11   #1
befriends strangers
Wavid's Avatar
Join Date: 10 Apr 2003
Location: Lincolnshire
Posts: 4,553
Send a message via AIM to Wavid Send a message via MSN to Wavid Send a message via Yahoo to Wavid Send a message via Skype™ to Wavid
Default Wavid's Top 10 books

Wavid's Top Ten Books

In no particular order:

* The Rotters Club - Jonathan Coe

A sheer delight. Very funny, very touching, and sincere without being worthy. The book I have loaned out more than any other.

* Keep the Asphidistra Flying - George Orwell

This has always been my favourite Orwell, though I haven't the faintest clue why. I can't even remember a great deal about it, other than that i think the central character is called Gordon. it made a real impression on me as a callow youth, and I have been scared to re-read it since. For some reason, though, it remains one of my favourite books.

* Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

Most amusing and biting, too. The first book I read where laughing nastily at people was allowed. A liberation.

* L.A. Confidential - James Ellroy

The book that made me realise that crime fiction could be cool, and worthwhile. A stunning read, dense and claustrophobic, yet gripping. The work of a great crime author at the peak of his powers.

* The War Against Cliche - Martin Amis

Is non fiction allowed? The book I get from the shelf more than any other. AnytimeI buy a book, I always check this first. The number of essays in here that I have read countless times is, well, countless.

* Nineteen Eighty-Four - David Peace

The conclusion of a very nasty quartet of books. A tantilising number of ends are tied - but just enough are left loose to leave you feeling, as Graham Parsnip might put it, the very opposite of sated.

* Berlin Noir - Philip Kerr

Very well written slick detective fiction. There's nothing especially innovative at work in the three novels contained in this book, but for sheer enjoyment I find this hard to beat.

* A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Simply the funniest book I have ever read. I want the world to read this book. Twice.

* The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

Actually, this could be any of the six novels that I've read by Chandler. You read these stories with a great big grin on your face.

* Jesse Jameson and the Curse of Caldazar - Sean Wright

Only joking.
Wavid is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 8:49.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.