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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
""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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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)."