Friday, August 1, 2008

Reading Challenge

The Waterstones Guide to Cult Fiction

If it's written in blue I have read it. If it's written in purple it's on my shelf to be read. It it's written in maroon I'm on a bookring at waiting for it. I'm hoping to have this list finished by December of 2009 at the latest.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)
Cocaine Nights (J. G. Ballard)
Money (Martin Amis)
The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
The Chivalry of Crime (Desmond Barry)
Sleepyhead (Mark Billingham)
The Sheltering Sky (Paul Bowles)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Quite Ugly One Morning (Christopher Brookmyre)
Ham on Rye (Charles Bukowski)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
Naked Lunch (William Burroughs)
Double Indemnity (James M. Cain)
The Outsider (Albert Camus)
Carry Me Across the Water (Ethan Canin)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
Elephant (Raymond Carver)
The Magic Toyshop (Angela Carter)
And the Ass Saw the Angel (Nick Cave)
The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
Utz (Bruce Chatwin)
What a Carve Up! (Jonathan Coe)
Generation X (Douglas Coupland)
My Summer of Love (Helen Cross)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
Pig Tales (Marie Darrieussecq)
Underworld (Don DeLillo)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
L.A. Confidential (James Ellroy)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
The Virgin Suicides (Jeffery Eugenides)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
The Sportswriter (Richard Ford)
The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
The Magus (John Fowles)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
The Beach (Alex Garland)
Carter Beats the Devil (Glen David Gold)
All Tomorrow’s Parties (William Gibson)
Blood-Red Rivers (Jean-Christophe Grangé)
Sheepshagger (Niall Griffiths)
The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
Hangover Square (Patrick Hamilton)
A White Merc with Fins (James Hawes)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Sick Puppy (Carl Hiaasen)
A Rage in Harlem (Chester Himes)
Atomised (Michel Houellebecq)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
The World According to Garp (John Irving)
Slaves of New York (Tama Janowitz)
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
Berlin Noir (Philip Kerr)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
The Football Factory (John King)
Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov)
Be Cool (Elmore Leonard)
Corpsing (Toby Litt)
The Butcher Boy (Patrick McCabe)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Comfort of Strangers (Ian McEwan)
Asylum (Patrick McGrath)
The Story of My Life (Jay McInerney)
Perdido Street Station (China Miéville)
Ghostwritten (David Mitchell)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
Pixel Juice (Jeff Noon)
The Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)

The Gormenghast Trilogy (Mervyn Peake)
The Big Blowdown (George P. Pelecanos)
Life: A User’s Manual (Georges Perec)
The Bell jar (Sylvia Plath)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig)
Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
The Dice Man (Luke Rhinehart)
Portnoy’s Complaint (Philip Roth)
253 (Geoff Ryman)
Bonjour Tristesse (Françoise Sagan)
The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)
Powder (Kevin Samson)
The Emigrants (W. G. Sebald)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby Jr.)
The Quantity Theory of Insanity (Will Self)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson)
Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters)
The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)

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