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The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann, Leonard Peikoff
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
David Mitchell
To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon, Daniel J. Boorstin, Gian Battista Piranesi, Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Perfect Wrong Note - Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli
The Varieties of Religious Experience
William James
Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
G. Lee Bowie, Robert C. Solomon


Catch-22 - Joseph Heller Ugh. How many times can you put someone in an impossible situation and still have it be funny or witty? For the first 50 or 75 pages I thought the famous catch 22 dilemmas were clever and illustrative of the futility of war, the quirkiness of the human condition etc. After another 100 pages of the same thing over and over ad nauseam, I found myself alternating between frustrated and bored. Finally I stopped reading it 3/4ths of the way in--the occasional laugh couldn't make up for the repetitive sarcasm, depressing futility and dry plot. I read on Wikipedia that originally Heller was going to make it novelette. Maybe he should have.