August 11, 2009 4:58 PM Subscribe
I like mind-blowing books. Please give me your best suggestions.
posted by aheckler to media & arts (75 answers total) 220 users marked this as a favorite
I want to read books that will leave my jaw on the floor because their ideas are so huge and/or counter-intuitive. But I'd also like them to have a certain "punchiness" to them, the exact nature of which is hard to describe.
As an example, I recently re-read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael
; it's a perfect example of what I'm looking for. God's Debris
is another great one.
Examples of books I'm not
looking for include: Guns, Germs, and Steel
(less exciting than Ishmael
, doesn't have that oomph
), The Selfish Gene
(same), and 1984
(good, but didn't leave my jaw on the floor).