This week I want to give you a different list. I’m no focusing on marketing, startups or creativity books. This week I’ll give you a list of books that will blow your mind. You won’t find this list anywhere else, mainly because everyone seems to be reading the same books.
We need weird surrealist stuff! To see the world differently we need different stories. You need to question the system. Books should make you think about the world you live in.
This list gives you few tittles. I really hope these stories will spark your inquisitive mind.
10 books that will blow your mind
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The power is a tale of women taking over the world. But there is a twist, women get extraordinary powers, and just as any powerful group they make the most of their new found abilities.
The well being of the community is at risk. This is a commentary on the absurdity of the system and the consequences of a group holding too much power over the rest.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
I haven’t read this book but it looks promising. The central story is about life in Mars and how humans discover that going there wasn’t the best idea.
Mars’s dreams turns out an authentic nightmare, humans are jailed and miss-treated by Marcians. We’ll have to wait to see if that tuns to be true.
I can’t recommend this book enough. This book is simply mind blowing.
A guy living a conventional life as a “calcutec” sees a scientific who needs some help. In a small village another guy is assigned the task of a dream-reader and is deprived of his shadow.
Two stories run in parallel and everything makes sense at the end. A surrealist tale with intriguing characters.
2666 by Roberto Bolaño
In my opinion this is Bolaño’s Masterpiece. A story that comprises many stories, the victims of the Mexican gangs, the story of a teacher living in the Mexican/US border, a group of academics looking for the mysterious Archimboldi, the decadence of Europe in the second world war, everything happens as life itself.
Stories are interconnected, full of death, life, humour and hope. A story of all stories.
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
I just started to read it, The Night Watch is part of a trilogy. Good and evil patrol the city of Moscow.
The Night Watch must keep a balance with his counterparts the Day Watchers. The forces that govern our lives must guard each other’s territory. Moscow underground and city streets are the scenario of powerful encounters.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Another cool story of the 20th century. You can recognise the obvious implications in today’s societies.
A dystopian world where there are no families, kids are brought up according to the task they will perform later in life, elders get taken away so no-one can see their ugliness.
When consciousness arises a pill is the solution. This reminds you something? Not doubt UK is a Brave New World of some sort.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This is a classic of modern literature. Burgess’s antihero Alex is a nihilist character who inflicts pain wherever he goes. He and his friends get pleasure from violence.
As a consequence Alex is taking into rehabilitation, but the techniques used to “recover” him are just as violent.
A comment on society? Perhaps the violence Alex grew up with is the product of the state itself.
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
A best selling book. Vonnegut gives a recount of the dream-like memories of the war. Mixing past and present, you dwell into the mind of someone who went to war.
This book is a compelling portray of the damage humans can inflict on other humans.
Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
A collection of surrealist stories Borges at his best. The one that sticks on my mind is the story of the man who remembers everything. Maybe this was a metaphor for our constant search for perfection.
More stories in the book are as intriguing as the writer’s life. Fiction mixes reality with fantasy, the mix will suck you into a weird world.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is set in a futurist society. Paul Streide the protagonist is send to control one of the most important planets in the galaxy.
Dune is considered the greatest science fiction story of all times. A desert planet Dune is the home of the most important substance in the galaxy.
There are many things you can say, we are destined to go back to basics in order to
re-discover ourselves. Dune got few answers.