All books which I've found interesting or liked
This list is old and has been shifted to my website at http://www.karangill.com/books-ive-read.html
Alan Paton - Cry, the Beloved Country - 2008 - a touching novel on apartheid in South Africa
Albert Camus - The Plague - 2006 - Camus used the incidence of a plague to delve into the human psyche
Albert Camus - L'Etranger - July 2010
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World - 2007 - A description of a possible Utopia, but is it a Utopia?
Arthur C. Clarke - Odyssey Series - 2005 - Science fiction
Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd among others - 2003 - I find her books too dry but "The Murder..." is a classic.
Alexander McKee - The Friendless Sky - 2007 - A book on the lives of men who piloted fighter planes in WWI.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Le Petit Prince - 2005 - Childlike wonder, innocence and questing.
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead - 2008 - I don't agree with her philosophy but her literary style is something to be admired.
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson - Prequels and pre-prequels to the Dune Saga - 2007 - Do you want racy, scifi thrillers which will make you stick your nose in the book? Then these are for you. The Pre-prequels are The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, The Battle of Corrin and the prequels are House Harkonned, House Corrino and House Atriedes.
Enid Blyton - all her stuff, its great reading for children - <1998
Edgar Allan Poe - Collected Short Stories - 2006 - don't remember which ones exactly but they include the Pit and the Pendulum.
Eric Roll - 2010 - A History of Economic Thought
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby - Summer 2011 - One of the most evocative books I've ever read. Fitzgerald takes great care to ensure meticulous reading is rewarded. Pause to savour the words and you will be rewarded with intricate imagery and feelings made real. The book was much clearer to me when I read it second time after coming to America. It is about American society, so living here before reading it definitely helps.
Frank Herbert - The Dune Saga - 2007 - truly amazing and possibly my favorite series. A creative blend of metaphysics, fantasy and science fiction. Recommended!
Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov - 2007 - The amount of wisdom this book contains is unbelievable...recommended!
George Martin - The Song of Ice and Fire - 2008 - a fantasy series in which magic plays less of a role, with a heavily intertwined and subtle plot.
George Orwell - Animal Farm - 2005
George Orwell - Down and Out in Paris and London - Sept 2010
George Orwell - 1984 - 2010
Gerald Durrell - My Family and Other Animals - 2002(?) - Excellent source of comedic relief, and very reassuring that we're not along in our battyness.
Gerald Durrell - Mengerie Manor - 2002(?)
Guy de Maupassant - 2004 onwards - all his works, especially Ball of Fat and The Necklace
H.H. Munro - 2004 onwards - all this works, I like his style and irony
Issac Asimov - 2003 onwards - The Foundation Series, I, Robot, lots of short stories, and parts of his Daniel Olivaw centered works...must complete reading it sometime.
Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves - Jan/Feb 2011 - Completely agree with the theme here. "Against stupidity the Gods themselves contend in vain."
James Herriot - 2002(?) - Assorted works don't remember which ones, but they're excellent reading. Who knew you could bring alive being a vet?
James Joyce - Ulysses - 2009 - easily the greatest book ever written!
Jerome K. Jerome - Three Men in a Boat - 2004 - This is possible my favourite book, it had me in splits. I'm willing to bet that this will be the funniest book you've ever read, inspite of it being published in the 19th century its humour remains fresh are ever.
J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye - 2007
Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World - 2008
John J. Macionis - Sociology - June-July 2010
J.R.R. Tolkien - Lord of the Ring, The Silmarrion The Hobbit - 2003 - fantasy at its best
Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss - 2009
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five, Cats Cradle - 2008 - The pointlessness of war and strife
Kim Stanley Robinson - The Mars Trilogy (Red Mars,Green Mars,Blue Mars) - 2009
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace, The Death of Ivan Ilyich - 2008 - The 2nd book is an introspective on the nature of death and why we fear it.
Mordecai Richler - Barney's Version - Oct-Nov 2010
O'Henry - 2009 - Collected Short Stories
Philip K. Dick - Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said - Summer 2011 - It was a decent read, but I had high expectations for PKD this being my first read and it was below expectations.
Philip K. Dick - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - December 2011 - A rollicking journey through reality. What is reality? What is consciousness? What is illusion? What do you know? What exists? This books makes you feel these questions.
Philip K. Dick - V.A.L.I.S. - Dec-Jan 11/12 - A trip through PDK's psyche. Really, there's no other way to put it.
Pearl S. Buck - The Good Earth - 2006 - Its potrayal of human nature really struck me.
P.G. Wodehouse - 2004 - Really comic, the coincidences he comes up with are hilarious.
Rabelais - Gargantua & Pantagruel. Translated by M.A.Screech - late 2010 - Plein de joie de vivre. All the little touches and flourishes, the way the chapter names start with 'How' and are always followed by something ridiculous, the non-words, bon mots, absurd lists...
Roald Dahl - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda and so on - 2000
Robert Jordan - The Wheel of Time Series - 2007
Richmal Crompton - William Series - 1996 - Simply hilarious, I think I've read ever single one
R.K. Narayan - Malgudi Days - 2005
Robert P. Colwell - The Pentium Chronicles - Aug-Sept 2010
Steven Errikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen (9 books) - 2008 onwards as they came out
Thomas Hardy Leahey - A History of Psychological Thought - 2008
Thom Holmes - Electronic and Experimental Music - Spring 2012
Will Durant - Story of Philosophy - a great introduction to Western Philosophy - 2007
William Gibson - The Sprawl(Neuromancer) Trilogy - Summer 2011 - This is amazing. It's like science fiction leveraging the techniques used in realism to make you feel the future. Gibson's descriptions are vivid such that you can feel their texture: set apart by his ability to convey not how the scene looks but how the impression the scene makes on your senses: literary impressionism is you may. This trilogy with it's futuristic, tech-immersed world spawned the sub-genre of cyberpunk where tech has so permeated...even saturated everyday life...that humanity begins to fray a little at the edges, being transformed by its own creations.