I suppose this is mainly sci-fi and fantasy fiction but some of my picks don’t seem to fall into that category. Or they do really but you might not think they do. And they aren’t necessarily my favourite books ever, or necessarily always a pleasant read but they are worth reading.
- Ice by Anna Kavan
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adam
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Times Arrow by Martin Amis
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang
- Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days by Salman Rushdie
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Ubik by Philip K Dick
- This Book Is Full Of Spiders by David Wong
The ones with proper reviews are linked, the other have a mini synopsis below.
‘Ice’ is a totally weird and sometimes horrid book about a world that is approaching another ice age and a protagonist who chasing down a woman he is obsessed with.
‘Foundation’ is an interesting piece about where a pyschohistorian mathematician foresees the downfall of the galactic empire, which will take 30,000 years to rebuild. But he creates a foundation of artists and engineers to preserve humanity’s knowledge and perhaps limit the dark age to only 1,000 years.
‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ books were based on the original radio show, and follow Arthur Dent, the last man alive after the Vogon destruction of Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass. It’s got a pretty cult following and lame film version…
‘Animal Farm’ is as well written as 1984, Orwell’s other famous work, but explores the politics of mid-century Europe as played out by animals on a farm who start to resemble their oppressive human dictators more and more each day.
‘Ubik’ is bonkers.