Mr. Sensitive

July 15, 2011

You Asked For It

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 08:39

Marcus wanted a top five books list, so I made one.  Rules for this list: fiction only; novels only; no more than one entry per author.

Top Five Novels

1.  The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien

2.  The Moon and Sixpence – W. Somerset Maugham

3.  Zero History – William Gibson

4.  It – Stephen King

5.  Notes From Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

I don’t feel locked in on these below #1 and #2.  If the single entry per author rule is not in place, the list would be Return of the King, Silmarillion, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, then Moon and Sixpence–pretty tedious.  Also, nothing from the Tolkien oeuvre makes the list if I’m being strict about the fiction restriction, since it all totally happened.

The greatest work of art in any medium–visual, musical, written–is The Love Song Of J. Alfred PrufrockThe Rite Of Spring is second.  Hamlet is third.  That’s it, that’s the list.



  1. I wasn’t expecting that last one. I think my list would look a little different – if I were inclined to make such a list.

    Comment by euregirlsandboys — July 15, 2011 @ 10:20 | Reply

  2. Reactions to yours:

    1. Yes, of course.
    2. Maybe the greatest ending to a book. You know, when Maugham imagines Gauguin’s masterpiece inside that house. I don’t know how you go there.
    3. Oops. What am I waiting for?
    4. The best.
    5. I read this one in London. It was like being inside the head of the most insightful man alive. Like Catcher in the Rye for adults.

    And here’s my stab at it WITH FIVE MORE.

    1. The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
    2. Neuromancer – William Gibson
    3. 100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    4. The Ocean – Lee Eure
    5. Dune – Frank Herbert
    6. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
    7. It – Stephen King
    8. The Sea Wolf – Jack London
    9. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    10. Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George

    Almost certainly inaccurate.

    Comment by Justin — July 15, 2011 @ 11:54 | Reply

    • I would put my books on a list of top five poops, maybe. Probably not, though, because Brinky has already created more masterful poops in his six months of life. I don’t know if anything I’ve written holds up. I don’t re-read any of it and I never intend to; I can’t think of any reaction I might have that would be at all helpful to me now. I’m glad you like The Ocean, though. I remember it being a blast to write, once I figured out what I was doing with it.

      Comment by lbej — July 15, 2011 @ 13:28 | Reply

  3. Good list, dude. I sat down to try my hand at this, and I realized something: I’ve read many more non-fiction books over the last five years than “real” (why is that in quotation marks?) novels. I could do a top-five essays or speeches list a lot more easily than a top-five novels list. The one-entry-per-author rule hurts, too; without it, you guys would be looking at Stephen King and Tolkien running it down. Just kidding; it’s all Rowling. Just kidding. Here’s my list, compiled as fast as possible so as to avoid errors:

    1. Fighting Fantasy: Appointment with F.E.A.R., by Stephen Jackson
    2. Choose Your Own Adventure: The Green Slime, by Susan Saunders
    3. Pet Sematary, by Stevie King
    4. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
    5. Just kidding, I meant: Necromancer, by Brian Lumley

    If anything, that is almost TOO accurate a list. And, if I started out kidding, I really think #1 and #2 are locks.

    Comment by Marcus — July 15, 2011 @ 17:36 | Reply

  4. Oh, and if you were worried that Brian Lumley had stopped since the early 90s:

    He didn’t. And those covers alone tell you that he’s never taken his foot off the gas.

    Comment by Marcus — July 15, 2011 @ 17:37 | Reply

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