What is the most entertaining (not necessarily radical) book you have read or listened to?

Submitted by leftous in books

Just wondering where people are at when it comes to being straight up entertained by a novel (regardless of format).

For me, it would be "Time and Time Again" by Ben Elton or "11/22/63" by Stephen King. Not radical books by any means, but I've always found the idea of alt-history very entertaining and interesting (even if I don't agree with the author's views).


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amongstclouds wrote

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Both are soul-crushingly sad.


UnbanTwin wrote

I love The Bell Jar with a passion. It's so fantastically written. It's so interesting to see how it closely reflects Sylvia Plath's own life. Which is most probably the reason for it being such a believable and wonderful book.


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amongstclouds wrote

Also one of the few movies that translated equally as well into a movie format. The final chapter of this book is probably the most beautiful ending to a novel ever... especially considering the content leading up to it!


glokaya_kuzdra wrote

The Road is one of the few books I read within 24 hours. It was terrible, but compelling. I had to know what happened next.


ladyanarchist wrote

the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series are great audio books for long car rides. So are the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

For reading, I loved "Another Roadside Attraction" by Tom Robbins. "The Monkey Wrench Gang" by Edward Abbey, "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austin, and "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury.

The Road was great. So was "The Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham.


braketheboxes wrote

Most entertaining was probably Kevin Mitnick's "Ghost in the Wires". I could not put this book down. I also enjoyed Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" and "Homeland" books.

Most radical was probably Chomsky's "On Anarchism" or Naomi Klein's No Logo. I have my eye out for a copy of her "Shock Doctrine" book, I have the documentary however. Her book on climate change "This Changes Everything" is in my to read queue.


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NeoliberalismKills wrote

The Saga of the Seven Suns, by Kevin Anderson, had me riveted for the entire seven books. Speaker for the Dead and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card I've read multiple times. And definitely don't agree with Card's politics.


selver wrote (edited )

It's been a while since I've really read much fiction. I think my favorite is Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora, the whole trilogy was good but that first book in particular. It's about orphans raised to be thieves & conmen pulling off heists in a middle ages setting. I love crime fiction. I was younger when I read it though so I don't know how strongly I can recommend it, I think it'd hold up though.

I'm trying to get back into fiction, it's been a long time since I've really had a book draw me in like they used to. Nothing I love more than getting obsessed with some new universe.

Edit: And cliche at this point, but Game of Thrones is pretty amazing. I read them before the show tho so I'm not too basic at least.