Top 25 Books

Top 25 Books

Last month for Halloween, I posted a list of my favorite ten horror novels that I had written in 2015. That reminded me of another list I had compiled for my blog back in 2010, my top 25 books of all time.

As always, in case it bears repeating, this is a list of favorites, not 'best' and it is completely my opinion. In fact, it's my opinion from six years ago. If I were to think it over now I'm sure some of these would be different, but that's the nature of these lists. 

Without further ado, I present to you the 2010 me's favorite 25 favorite books. 

 

 

The following is a list of my 25 favorite books, with an additional few 'honorable mentions'

 

'Honorable Mentions' (in no particular order)

 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Shining by Stephen King

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Criminal Macabre by Steve Niles

 

 

25) The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

24) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

23) The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

22) The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

21) Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

20) Kingdom Come by Jim Krueger and Alex Ross

19) Smoker by Greg Rucka

18) Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

17) Slaughterhouse V by Kurt Vonnegut

16) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

15) The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

14) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

13) The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

12) The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

11) Demon in a Bottle by David Michlinie and Bob Layton

10) Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

09) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

08) Paradise Lost by John Milton

07) The Odyssey by Homer

06) Dracula by Bram Stoker

05) Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean

          Easily the greatest graphic novel I've ever read.  It truly redefined the Batman mythos by focusing on the villains and their place in the world, instead of just being about Batman himself.  Grant Morrison crafted a wonderful story taking place primarily within the walls of the asylum Batman himself filled, with beautiful art by Dave McKean.  This is a strong a recommendation for anyone who's ever wondered what the hype over comics is all about. I promise you won't be dissapointed.

04) Macbeth by William Shakespeare

         Whether you want to believe Shakespeare was a single author or a group of authors writing under a shared pseudonym, he/they have crafted some of the greatest stories of all time.  Many of said stories could easily have made this, or anyone's greatest, list.  However, for me, the choice was easy.  Hamlet, Othello, Romero and Juliet, the many sonnets, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and the list goes on, but Macbeth has always been my favorite.  The intricacies of the prophecies and play between characters made for an incredible read. Lady Macbeth's slow decent into madness is some of the finest writing you'll likely ever have the opportunity to read. If you somehow made it through high school and/or college without reading this, your school system has failed you. Make up for that, now!

03) The Occult Detective by C.J. Henderson

         Chances are few, if any, of you reading this has ever heard of C.J. Henderson, but he ranks so high up on this list because his work has been influential to my own writing.  He writes with great poise and a real world grit that makes the paranormal and supernatural feel so relatable in an odd, yet comfortable way.  While he's not as widely known as he should be, other authors in his genre respect his talents to the point where he's been commissioned to continue the work of H.P. Lovecraft.  Another recommendation to anyone who hasn't had a chance to read him. (since initially writing this, CJ has sadly lost his battle to cancer in 2014. I learned this at my very first book signing for Nightmare Noir as I sold a copy of my book to a friend of his. While still saddened by his passing, I hope to live up to his legacy.)

02) The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

         I don't think there's anything I can say about this that hasn't been said a million times over.  With that said, if you haven't read the Divine Comedy yet, you're truly doing yourself a disservice.  It's considered one of the greatest works of literature of all time for obvious reasons.  Read and follow one man's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven that touches on every part of the human condition.

01) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

             Movie and book alike rank the top of my lists, for simple reasons.  Anthony Burgess created his own slang for the novella which came out in 1962, so at times it may be a difficult read, however I can't give a stronger recommendation to read this book.  Although the book takes place in the 'future' the social commentary it relates to is heavily relevant especially in today's political climate, and 'discussions' of censorship.

 

Putting this list together, a few things surprised me.  For one, I find it interesting that Stephen King didn't make the list, although he's easily one of my favorite authors.  Same goes for Edgar Alan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mark Twain, all of whom are some of my favorite authors, but no one work stands out enough to rate higher on the list.

 

If there's a book you think should be on this list, or want to recommend for a read feel free to comment.

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