I was going to post the book review for C.L. Polk’s debut novella, Witchmark, but then I remembered that it first has to appear in our next issue of Gamecca Magazine first which means it will have to wait until next month. It’s a contract thing. Anyway while I’m still working through Robert W. Chambers’ The King In Yellow for the next review (I’m halfway through don’t worry), I thought perhaps I should talk about books for today.
There’s this part of me that wishes I had impeccable memory and can recall the contents of a book thoroughly enough to sound… well like a scholar. I know it sounds pretentious but have you heard people talk about books like they were literally living in them? Character names. Places. Events. Linking scenes and quotes between books to draw revelations I would have otherwise completely missed. I want that ha ha. Although in my defense, I spent way too much of my youth reading Stephen King so I could probably do that with a couple of his books (looks at the collection of The Dark Tower novels).
While I may lack that ability to fully recount a book’s contents, here are some memorable books I’ve read over the years that I remember well and still think of to this day. Some I can draw correlations across other books while others just changed my worldview:
1. The Program – Gregg Hurwitz
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
3. Kill Baxter – Charlie Human
4. Once – James Herbert
5. Endgame – James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
6. The Bachman Books – Stephen King as Richard Bachman
7. Books of Blood – Clive Barker
8. Beyond the Pale – Mark Anthony
9. Three – Ted Dekker
10. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Do you have any books that have stuck in your mind or you still recall to this day? Perhaps any book that changed your mind, thoughts, world view?