Books wot I like

The Gormenghast Trilogy

Well, obviously really considering where I take my nick-name from. These books were written by Mervyn Peake in the mid 20th century. The first two "Titus Groan" and "Gormenghast" are usually considered to be the best with "Titus Alone" written during the author's final illness being less complete. All three are a real joy to read if you can get used to the somewhat lugubrious prose style. Well worth a look if you've got a few weeks to spare.


Well, in fact anything by P.K.Dick is good. Very odd. Very very odd. And then some. Dick wrote, amongst other things, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" filmed as "Blade Runner" (as recent paper-back copies are wont to mention in rather bigger letters than the original title) and "We can remember it for you Wholesale" which was the inspiration for the stranger parts of "Total Recall".


A superb little book and (I believe) the first novel that Salman Rushdie wrote. He's a brilliant author and clearly needs no recommendation from me.


Part one of a projected four part series by the (IMHO) very under-appreciated John Crowley. This book is "more than most others a book about books". It's also brilliantly conceived look at superstitions and "secret histories".

Foucault's Pendulmn

OK so it's more than a little pretentious and it does tend to annoy the uni-lingual amongst us (like myself) by slipping into eight or nine other languages for important revelations. I read it in a few days while suffering flu and it was one of the most paranoia inducing experiences of my life. Strongly recommended for fans of "conspiracy theories".

Feersum Endjinn

Iain M. Banks - the same person as the Iain Banks who wrote the infamous "The Wasp Factory" but with an M. in the middle to indicate that this is another of his sci-fi books. Only out in hardback at the moment I'm afraid. Still, an absolutely fabulous book. One of the few things I've ever read which made use of Virtual Reality in a way which really impressed me. It makes Neuromancer look positively technophobic. The only problem I have is that 1 ov thi karakters rites in a stile wich u 1/2 2 reely konsintrate 2 unnerstan. If you see what I mean.

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