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Read these books at least once before you die.

Orlando Furioso

Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

Journey to the West

Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The book Don Quixote is about an older man (I like to think early to mid fifties) who decides that he is a knight, in an era (early 17th century Spain) that no longer has any knights. He sallies forth with his neighbor, Sancho Panza, whom he calls squire, and does various things like attack windmills he fancies to be giants. All of that stuff is in the book, but it turns out to be much more than that…

Skinny Legs and All

Tom Robbins

Skinny Legs and All is, without a doubt, Tom Robbins’ best novel, and is well worth reading. If you read nothing else by Tom Robbins, read this book. I highly recommend it…

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. Yes, Lolita is a novel about child exploitation. That’s one of the reasons why I vowed I’d never read it, or anything else by Nabokov—and I probably never would have, had it not been assigned by my first English professor in my first English class at Berkeley

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Anonymous

The Epic of Gilgamesh is allegedly the oldest story on record (I’m just repeating what I’ve heard; I’ve got no stake in it), but it reads like it was just written (by someone that rocks)…

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

Jan Potocki

I just now finished reading The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, and am truly astounded. This is a fantastic book that no one ever seems to talk about. If you don’t read any further, then read this, and take these words to heart: if you are a fan of fiction, I guarantee that you will enjoy this book…

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is, and always will be, I believe, unparalleled as a master literary work…

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

At any given moment, I find myself thinking, “I could be reading Catch-22 right now instead of doing x”…

Paradise Lost

John Milton

Paradise Lost is, without a doubt, the greatest epic ever written in English. And, barring a revival of the epic format, it will forever be the greatest epic written in English. And yet, rather than being famous, it seems to me that Paradise Lost has been relegated to the land of infamy…