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My Bookshelf Part II

A Listmania! list by heyheyheywotisay
The list author says: "This list is more a way for me to catalog-so I don't forget-the books I have read. In the remembering, I share my memorable books with you. If you enjoy the list, I have another you might like called "My Bookshelf"-- not very original, I know."
A Canticle for Leibowitz
1.  A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The list author says:
  "Called a sci/fi classic because of it post-nuclear apocalypse setting; however, it is a "classic" in it's own right. Filled with bitter ironies and parallels to our current age; chilling. A one of a kind book."
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The Moviegoer
2.  The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The list author says:
  "An extremely well written existential slice of life in the "Southern" writer's tradition. Intelligent, humorous, ironic...good!"
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Falconer
3.  Falconer by John Cheever
The list author says:
  "Cheever is a magnificent writer! And this book is a masterpiece of modern American fiction, by the master storyteller of dysfunctional suburban middle-class society. Not for the faint of heart."
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Bullet Park
4.  Bullet Park by John Cheever
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece of modern American fiction, by the master storyteller of dysfunctional suburban middle class society. Dark with an infusion of subtle humor."
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The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War (Modern Library)
5.  The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War (Modern Library) by Michael Shaara
The list author says:
  "The absolute best historical fiction concerning war. This book brings Gettysburg to life! So well done it's hard to believe that every word, every bit of the drama isn't exactly how it happened. A masterpiece of the genre."
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The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1)
6.  The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1) by Bernard Cornwell
The list author says:
  "No flower and fantasy in this retelling of the Arthurian Legend. Always gritty, at times very dark, but always a real page turner."
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Enemy of God (The Arthur Books #2)
7.  Enemy of God (The Arthur Books #2) by Bernard Cornwell
The list author says:
  "See "The Winter King"."
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Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles)
8.  Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles) by Bernard Cornwell
The list author says:
  "See "The Winter King"."
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Ninety-two in the Shade
9.  Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane
The list author says:
  "Time has not been kind to this book, nor to McGuane as a writer. When I read it in the eighties' it seemed edgy, atmospheric and interesting. Though of "a time", I still enjoy it today."
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Outerbridge Reach
10.  Outerbridge Reach by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "With his usual wonderfully written sparse prose, Stone tells a tale of "descent" into a personal hell for an upper middle class American family. The back drop is a solo round the world yacht race. Loosely based on David Crowhurst's attempt that ended in insanity and suicide."
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Bear and His Daughter
11.  Bear and His Daughter by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "A masterful collection, by a master of his craft. The stories are edgy, and in typical Stone fashion deal with the dark underside to life. If you are looking for uplifting don't look here. 1998 Pulitzer finalist."
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Pop. 1280
12.  Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
The list author says:
  "Darker than "Noir". Creepy first person narration from the "dumb as a fox" sheriff. This book is crime fiction pulp with a surrealism twist."
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Sweet Hereafter: A Novel
13.  Sweet Hereafter: A Novel by Russell Banks
The list author says:
  "Beautifully written somber, multi-layered tale, told from the perspective of several narrators. It deals with a small town's loss of fourteen of it's children in a school bus accident. Haunting."
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Affliction
14.  Affliction by Russell Banks
The list author says:
  "A well written narrative about the "affliction" of an abusive father on his son. The setting is very gloomy, the story is haunting. Read this as a "double-header" with the "Sweet Hereafter" and you may reach for a razor-blade."
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
15.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The list author says:
  "I love this book! Tom Wolfe did such a great job remaining "detached" enough to document this important counter culture event. He put me on the bus."
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Women: A Novel
16.  Women: A Novel by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "A very different book, written from a very interesting perspective. Hard to put down once you start. However, I have no allusions concerning Bukowski. He is not a poet, nor, a great writer. He was "grossly" overrated when he was alive, and remains so today. I just find the where he writes from, and the how, so damn interesting. Be warned, strong themes, don't read if you are offended easily."
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Notes of a Dirty Old Man
17.  Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "See "Women"."
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Tales of Ordinary Madness
18.  Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
The list author says:
  "See "Women"."
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The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition
19.  The Dharma Bums: 50th Anniversary Edition by Jack Kerouac
The list author says:
  "A great Kerouac book. Second only to "On The Road". We may not have lost Jack so soon, had he been able to achieve the Zen Buddhist state he so espoused in this book. Parties, poetry, sex and jazz in the city, meditations when back to the land."
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The Black Dahlia
20.  The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
The list author says:
  "Very dark, very visceral. Marvelously written. One of the best of it's genre, and certainly the best on the subject of the infamous "Black Dahlia" murder."
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Rabbit, Run
21.  Rabbit, Run by John Updike
The list author says:
  "Superbly written. The quintessential story of a self absorbed late 20th century male. A very interesting character study of a character you probably won't like; "Rabbit" Angstrom."
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In the Lake of the Woods
22.  In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "Atomspheric and beautifully sad; a haunting tale of what the memories of war can do to people. Another wonderful O'Brien Vietnam "story"."
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Going After Cacciato
23.  Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "Call it "Saving Private Ryan" on acid. A well written hallucinatory tale of a squad sent to retrieve an AWOL soldier named Cacciato."
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The Things They Carried
24.  The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The list author says:
  "Tim O'Brien writes well, really well. He is a Vietnam vet, and Vietnam is his subject in almost all his books. This book is one of the best, if not the best of what went on in the minds of the men who fought this war."
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Fields of Fire
25.  Fields of Fire by James Webb
The list author says:
  "The real deal. The best book on "fighting" in this war. Gritty, raw and visceral. A "hell" of a read."
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Libra
26.  Libra by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "One the best "historical fictions" you will ever read. Old news? No. DeLillo makes it fresh and exciting with great perspective from all the characters."
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Look Homeward, Angel
27.  Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
The list author says:
  "I came to this book which such high expectations. I really wanted to love it. I'd heard so many wonderful things about it. However, when finished, I was very disappointed. Though the language is beautiful, it was a 500+ page adjective filled run-on sentence. Maybe you will think differently, many love it; remember it's a large committment."
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Seize the Day (Penguin Classics)
28.  Seize the Day (Penguin Classics) by Saul Bellow
The list author says:
  "The full measure of a man in 150 pages. A remarkable book! The only book that comes close to saying so much in so little is the "Great Gatsby". "Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow"."
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
29.  Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown
The list author says:
  "This book is gut-wrenching at times when it so eloquently tells it's sad, tragic tale. Puts a sharp focus on events that should be considered a national disgrace."
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Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn
30.  Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn by Evan S. Connell
The list author says:
  "Of course, The Little Bighorn in great detail;however, much more than that. A marvelous presentation on the history of this man and the time he lived in. Hard to imagine a better book on George Armstrong Custer."
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One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.)
31.  One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  ""The Emperor's New Clothes". You will read nearly everywhere that this one of the greatest books ever written. And if you don't like, you don't get it, because you're not literate enough; hogwash. To be fair, I am not a fan of "magical realism"; however, I still believe the book is way over-hyped. The language is pretty, lyrical, etc. But not much more there."
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club)
32.  Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "Call me a "sucker for punishment". I tried to like this writer, again. See "One Hundred Years of Solitude"."
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Kim (Barnes & Noble Classics)
33.  Kim (Barnes & Noble Classics) by Rudyard Kipling
The list author says:
  "An extremely literate adventure story. A melange of exotic people, personalities, ways of lives. Take the journey with Kim and his monk across the India of the British Empire, and you too may find your river. Kipling writes extremely well. And no, he was not a racist."
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White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
34.  White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Don DeLillo
The list author says:
  "Frankly, I don't think I have ever read a book "so important" that left me feeling so flat. I have a hard time remembering any of it, that's how flat it left me. Usually, a book that's is hyped as much as "White Noise" leaves me feeling something; love, hate...something! The reviews are generally glowing or hateful, so read it I guess, if you are intrigued by the many "glowing" reviews."
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Bay of Souls
35.  Bay of Souls by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "It pains me to write this, as I love Robert Stone as an author when he is "on"; however, sadly, he is way "off" with this one. His prose is it's usual technically brilliant, but the story and it's characters are as uninteresting as they are unbelievable. If you're a fan of Stone and a completist, then read it; otherwise, don't waste your time."
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Damascus Gate
36.  Damascus Gate by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "When compared to the rest of the "tripe" that fills the bestseller lists today, this book is better than good. However, it pales in comparison to Stone's masterpieces like "A Flag for Sunrise" and "Dog Soldiers". I enjoyed it, and recommend it to Stone fans with the right expectation. Oh yes, the prose is technically brilliant as usual with Stone."
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Children of Light (Vintage Contemporaries)
37.  Children of Light (Vintage Contemporaries) by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "Though generally considered one of Stone's "lesser" novels, I find I like it more than most do. It's beautifully and evocatively written; it soothes while discussing the harsh realities of it's desperate characters lives, giving it a dream-like quality while you watch the characters spiral down. More an intriguing vignette than a novel;the quality of Stone's writing is wonderful as usual."
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The Grapes of Wrath
38.  The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The list author says:
  "An important very American book. Very adeptly tells the tale of the Joad family travails during the dust bowl and depression. Recommended reading for all high school students, but never to be reread; it's just too damn depressing (sigh)."
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The Jungle : The Uncensored Original Edition
39.  The Jungle : The Uncensored Original Edition by Upton Sinclair
The list author says:
  "See "The Grapes of Wrath" only substitute the Joad's for slav immigrants in Chicago meat packing plants early in the last century. Important; depressing."
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Fun with Problems
40.  Fun with Problems by Robert Stone
The list author says:
  "More technically brilliant sparse prose from Robert Stone. Harrowing tales from the "darker" side of life. I love Stone's writing, though of a time;know the man, understand and love his stories."
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