There are so so many different lists online (both about the "best" Culture novels and the "best" reading order), anyone with 30s time can Google them. Bleak House (Charles Dickens, 1853)5. Brighton Rock (Graham Greene, 1938)41. 100.
Left me totally hanging. The Old Wives’ Tale (Arnold Bennett,1908)86. Very much like The Wasp Factory. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame, 1908)32. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts.
Interesting musings on some theoretical issues. One of Nabokov’s most famous novels, The Defense is based on the life story of the writer’s friend Curt von Bardeleben, who committed suicide in 1924. Surface Detail had the most badass finale of them all IMO! The Swimming Pool Library (Alan Hollinghurst, 1988)42. Love the war in Heaven concept, even if it isn't explored to my satisfaction. As an ex-Christian I really enjoyed that. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (James Hogg, 1824)93. Use of Weapons - beautiful twists and turns; required a lot of thinking to put the story together and connect the dots; great depth of character in Zakalwe. Contains all the elements that make The Culture work - Minds, drones, high-level plotting, and a protagonist who is very much the typical Culture human, totally in over his head. There but for the (Ali Smith, 2011)98. Ex machina basically held the same meaning as Excession to me. But as you will soon discover, Laymon very rarely has only one problem in his books, staying true to form he brings in some fascinating characters, one of which being a sociopathic killer ex-husband who slices his way through the plot adding more thrills to the already frightening, twisted tale. Old Filth (Jane Gardam, 2004)70. The Sea, The Sea (Iris Murdoch, 1978)60. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens, 1861)3. Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry,1947)97. Has its ups and downs, but overall I didn't find the moralizing too interesting and the story doesn't make up for it. But if you do, it has its depth. OTP: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel Flush, the other most literary dog I know. The Heart of the Matter (Graham Greene, 1948)71. Possession (AS Byatt, 1990)48. Maybe the best beginner's book, not too deep into Culture tech and world, but not totally out of it either. Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. The main character of this heartwarming novel is Timofey Pnin, a 50-something Russian-born associate professor living in the U.S. It brings up the question of how other sci-fi civilizations live for millions of years.
The critics we polled live and work all over the world, from the United States and continental Europe to Australia, Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East. Scoop (Evelyn Waugh, 1938)83. Cold Comfort Farm (Stella Gibbons, 1932)91. Parade’s End (Ford Madox Ford, 1924-1928)56. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens, 1850)7. It's hard to make a list out of this. The State of the Art - Didn't really find it interesting, but I'm not a short story person, so there's that. In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics, from Australia to Zimbabwe – but none from the UK. Like to rather focus in the human side, morals and ideology? A House for Mr Biswas (VS Naipaul, 1961)77. And I wouldn’t want to suggest that A Most Wanted Man , at No. Women in Love (DH Lawrence, 1920)74. I love trying to occupy the mental space of things that are smarter than human. Surface Detail. Loving (Henry Green, 1945)57. Stephen King has published an oeuvre of close to 100 books. Consider Phlebas is the wrong book to start with because it's really more of a critique of the Culture, delivered before you truly understand it. I love trying to occupy the mental space of things that are smarter than human. The ending was abrupt and annoying, though - felt like the author just gave up and wanted to publish it no matter what. Clarissa (Samuel Richardson,1748)13. Orlando (Virginia Woolf, 1928)64. Surface Detail - Basically next to Excession, full swing of the Culture, but with a bit more of the organic meddling.
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel, 2009)43.
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters, 2009)44.
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