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The Waterstones Guide to Cult Fiction

Hello again,
I managed (via the wonder of USB keys!) to get a copy of the list onto my laptop.
Here is the list: Sadly my copy of the booklet got lost in a house move :(

Waterstone’s Guide To Cult Fiction
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)

Hope it's ok to post a big list like this? If not, I will delete it.


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Jan. 6th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've read nine of them, and started reading some others- I didn't have time to finish Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? before it was due back at the library.
I would highly recommend A Confederancy of Dunces, it really drew me in, and made me both laugh and wince!
Jan. 14th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
The Bell Jar is truely amazing. At times, it moved me beyond words and had me screaming, "Yes, Sylvia! That's just it. I understand!!!", at the pages like some crazy person. It really is a fantastic read.
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
The Virgin Suicides and Hitchhiker's are on my list too. Nineteen Eighty-Four you need to read on and off...it'll make you kind of paranoid. The Bell Jar was excellent and had a sad but beautiful feel to it as it's an autobiography of Plath herself. On the Road is a novel to read at the beach or in the car on a road trip. I read it during a trip to Nova Scotia two years ago and I loved it. I just finished Jpod, Coupland's very close to Chuck Palenuik to me...it's different and purposely jarring. Speaking of I've read Fight Club as well, good novel and halarious in a twisted way. I'm currently reading Invisable Monsters.

How was American Psycho...I've heard it was very graphic and descriptive.
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'd say that since I asked for it, it's fine. ;)

I added this post as a link in the sidebar. Thanks for posting!
Jan. 6th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
No problem :)
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Jan. 18th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
No problem! I've only read seven, but I've started a few more before now. Having a list like this to read will make me read books in genres I normally wouldn't read (LA Confidential, for example, isn't a book I would normally read).
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Yes, The Bell Jar is excellent. She captures in words so many things so many people feel, and it's refreshing to see you're not alone in your madness.

American Psycho, even though a lot of people denounce it as 'misogynstic', is one of my favorites. It's a tough book to read, but it really has a lot to say about modern day American.

I never really considered some of these titles to be cult fiction, though. Like Breakfast at Tiffany's...or As I Lay Dying. Both of those I view as just classics, not cult classics. Oh, well.

And where in the world is House of Leaves?! :P
Mar. 8th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I'm reading The Bell Jar at the moment actually, it is indeed very good. I will get round to reading American Psycho at some point- I watched part of the film and got bored, so I really hope the book is better!
When was House of Leaves written (I've heard it mentioned, but know nothing about it)? This leaflet was published in 2002, could it be that it wasn't written then?
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about House of Leaves but I'd love to read it. How are you liking it?
Mar. 29th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure if this was a reply to my comment or not, but I haven't read House of Leaves :)
Mar. 30th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh cruddo I thought you meant you had the book in front of you...didn't read that properly *headhand*
Mar. 29th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I've read these:
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
The World According to Garp (John Irving)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
The Bell jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger)

I plan to read these for the challenge:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Generation X (Douglas Coupland)
The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)

Have to finish them:

The Virgin Suicides (Jeffery Eugenides)

Read them for the challenge:
The Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
Mar. 29th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I used some book tokens I got for my birthday to buy American Gods (which I'm currently reading, it is fantastic), The Bell Jar and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, so they're next on my list.
Mar. 30th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Hmm cool....I just bought a load of mystery novels. They tend to be the only thing that keeps my interest right now, well that and well written graphic novels (most written by Neil Gaiman or in the Fallen Angel series)
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
i can definitely recommend:

And the Ass Saw the Angel
Tipping the Velvet
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The Secret History
The Bell Jar
The Eyre Affair
A Clockwork Orange
Fahrenheit 451
Apr. 5th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've read some of the ones you recommended (Oranges are not the Only Fruit, A Clockwork Orange, and I've started reading The Bell Jar). And The Ass Saw The Angel is on my to-buy list :) What's it like?
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