Books – Fiction – Modern Classics

A list of books that I’m particularly fond of.
I didn’t discover the modern classics until relatively late in life.

These are in no particular order.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Ken Kesey
Set in a psychiatric hospital, from an inmate’s point of view
Wikipedia

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
The story of a white lawyer defending a black man accused of rape, often from his daughter’s point of view.
This book is all the more remarkable given the period in which the book was written
Wikipedia

Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
A violent distopia. Written in future slang
Wikipedia

Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Allegorical; distopia
Wikipedia

1984
by George Orwell
Distopia; governmental subjugation through thought control
Wikipedia

Brave New World
by Aldus Huxley
Wikipedia

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Power struggles amongst a group of children that survive a crash and are stranded on an island
Wikipedia

Farenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
A distopia in which books have been outlawed
Wikipedia

Dracula
by Bram Stoker
This is nothing like the Hammer Horror films
Wikipedia

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
I didn’t find this as gripping as Dracula, but at least neck bolts do not feature
Wikipedia

Brighton Rock
by Graham Greene
A tale about the influence of a young sociopathic would-be-gangster
Wikipedia

The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka; translated
(short story)
Wikipedia
(In the collection I have, I did not find the other stories to be nearly so interesting)

The Machine Stops
by E. M. Forster
(short story)
Wikipedia
The collection I have containing this has some other superb stories:
Amazon

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
A sinful man’s wish for his portrait to age in his stead is granted
Wikipedia

Dune (series)

Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Chapterhouse: Dune

by Frank Herbert
Superbly written from many points of view, voiced with speech and thoughts
Wikipedia

Prelude to Dune series:

House Atreides
House Harkonnen
House Corrino

by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

The Invisible Man
by H. G. Wells
Being invisible certainly has its problems
Wikipedia

The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
A time traveller tells his tale
Wikipedia

The War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells
A martian invasion
Wikipedia

The Day of the Triffids
by John Wyndham
When I first read this as a teenager, I found it very slow. Returning to it later in life, I found it utterly gripping.
A man wakes up in hospital to find everyone else is blind. Beware! Killer daffodils
Wikipedia

The Midwich Cuckoos
by John Wyndham
A tale of xenogenesis and telepathy. Beware! Scary toddlers
Wikipedia

 

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