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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Hilarious absurdity. I reread it often and laugh each time, marveling at their outlandish wit.
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Stranger in a Strange Land
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert Heinlein's most famous and influential work, albeit not his most brilliantly speculative, is surely Stranger in a Strange Land, a book whose questioning of social mores and religious certitude have made it as congenial to some readers as it has been controversial to others. Astonishingly ente...show more
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
While the success of the Sherlock Holmes tales can properly be seen as a catalyst for the boom in crime and detective literature that began in the early twentieth century and seems to grow larger every year, the pleasure of Arthur Conan Doyle’s narratives rests only in part on the cleverly contrived...show more
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
In the late 1920s, J. R. R. Tolkien, a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, scribbled a sentence while correcting some student papers: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Those ten words are the seed from which grew a complex and elaborate mythology that would captivate the ima...show more
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Candide, or Optimism
Voltaire
Voltaire was in many ways the guiding spirit of the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment. His collected works run to 150 volumes. But Candide, for all its brevity, is his magnum opus. This darkly comic narrative reads like a surreal version of a medieval book of marvels, in which all the signs ...show more
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