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Top 10 Books (That Most Affected Me)

M. Adkins
The list author says: "My entry in the "10 books that immediately meant something to you" genre of list-making."
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
"What Bradbury means for me. October. Halloween. Carnivals. Magic. Aging. Acceptance."
Dune
Dune
"In a 3-way tie with STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND & FOUNDATION as the finest of all 'science fiction' for me."
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
Cat's Cradle: A Novel
"SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE might be better, but this was the first Vonnegut I read. It skewed me, no doubt."
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
"Is there any other literary work that blends homage, cleverness, fun, & inspired genius better than this? No."
The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
"Changed my life. The book on this list that had the most impact on me, by far. It altered the wiring of my brain. The 'physics' was out-dated even then, but its still a beautiful story."
Et Tu, Babe
Et Tu, Babe
"My sense of humor...a sheer delight on so many levels."
JR (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
JR (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
"Mind blowing. Almost incomprehensible, but once you give up & allow it to swallow you whole...it's a beautiful symphony on the page."
A People's History of the United States
A People's History of the United States
"A hard slap to your pudgy, entitled face. I named my son after Howard Zinn, who's such an American hero he should be on a stamp."
His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
"Cheating a bit by including a trilogy...but by the end I found this to be a hauntingly emotional story. It resonated with me far more than Harry Potter, et al."
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
"A staggeringly detailed portrait of disconnection, human loneliness, & need."