Not necessarily a book you can recommend to everyone, just a book you personally like very much. Feel free to mention multiple books if you can’t name just one.
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Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I appreciate his wit and style of satire.
Also the entire Dune series, or at least the first four books. I worry that we are leading into an age where we give up our self-determination to thinking machines.
Asoiaf series. It had me addicted to the story to the point that I could not think about anything else. Its a fucking masterpiece.
Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe ( see the lemmy community for help reading)
Hmm, maybe from general literature I’d pick Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetary, for being funny and interesting with an end that let’s your heart sink…
Or probably The god of small things by Arundhati Roy. The book is an absolute treat and Arundhati Roy is just great in general!
In politics, it would be easily Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman’s Manufacturing Consent. A lot feels of the books argument feels like common sense, however what impressed me so much was the detailed outline and references that drove down the point of the book so well.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Not very original, I know, but I really enjoyed the humor.
Ian M. Banks - The Player of Games
The Gay Science by Nietzsche
The Silo Series by Hugh Howey
Glad to see someone is finally making this a TV series, apple TV grabbed it earlier this year.
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Tough one, but I’ll have to go with the Silmarillion.
I don’t think I can narrow it down to a favorite, but Blindsight is pretty darn good.
My favourite as well! It’s the epitome of speculative science/fiction: taking a fascinating concept and exploring its implications - precisely what I want out of science fiction.