I've bought a new book to take on my upcoming holiday.
This is pure self-indulgence, since I am currently in possession of not just a to-read pile but an entire to-read bookcase. I'd never heard of novel or author before I saw it in a pile in Foyles, but how could I resist an alleged modern classic about fighter planes in the Korean war?
callmemadam has written a list of Modern Novels with that 'wow' factor - the original, intriguing, funny ones you re-re-reread, and press upon your friends at every opportunity - and bemoans how thin on the ground they are. So here's my list.
- Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
- Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
- Empire of the Sun - J. G. Ballard
- Lives of the Monster Dogs - Kirsten Bakis
- Beatniks - Toby Litt
- The Solitaire Mystery - Jostein Gaarder
- The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
- Mort - Terry Pratchett
- Watership Down - Richard Adams
- The Looking-Glass War - John LeCarré
- The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
- To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Mum's stipulation that writers should be living rules out, alas, Catch-22, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.