Book recommendations?

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  • Emily Dunlap 11 months ago

    hey guys! New here. I am a huge huge fan of everything by Bret Easton Ellis. I also love Cormac McCarthy, however only the ones that are set in the south such as Child of God, Suttree, and Outer Dark.  I’m also a fan of Dennis cooper. Basically I like really disturbing novels. I also enjoy murder paperbacks from time to time and I do still love the Fear Street series because of the nostalgia. Can anyone recommend anything for me? Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Lucy Cruickshanks 11 months ago

    Hi Emily! Welcome to Bookaxe. Have you ever read J G Ballard? His novels are definitely distrurbing but also super imaginative and have that literary vibe that Bret Easton Ellis does so well. Chuck Palahniuk might be another author to check out, as well as Irvine Welsh. Both fabulous writers who stand firmly on the dark side of life. You may also like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess or Lolita by Nabokov. If you're interested in a slightly more sci-fi vibe, there's Ian Banks too. The Wasp Factory is one of his that sticks in my mind as super disturbing. Lastly I'd recommend The Collector by John Fowles or Engleby by Sebastian Faulks, which have a slightly more thrillerish vibe. Hope you find something you love! Please let me know!

  • Nina 11 months ago

    hi, emily :) I love Cormac mcCarthy too, though I seem to have read exactly those of his books which you've not enjoyed much. If disturbing, but very readable is what you're looking for, Gillian Flynn is great. Sharp Objects and Dark Places are wonderfully disturbing and I just couldn't put them down. Tom Rob Smith is great, too. I've started two of his books, The Farm, and Child 44, and loved both. The opening sequence from Child 44 just blew me away.

    I can second Lolita, the first half was such a terrible, but engaging read. 

    I've definitely got to put A Clockwork Orange on my TBR, and the Collector sounds creepy af. I havent heard of bret Easton Ellis before, though. Is there any of his books you'd specially recommend? 


  • Lucy Cruickshanks 11 months ago

    Tom Rob Smith is a great shout! I loved The Farm and Child 44. Nina, please will you come back and tell me what you think of the end of Child 44 when you get there!? Endless discussions in our house! I'd love to know!

  • Nina 11 months ago

    I will, definitely. Though it might take a few months.. The warm weather has put me in a more light, romantic reading mood :)

    For another book recommendation, Kate Atkinson is wonderful. A God in Ruins was a top shelf book for me. Though it isn't quite as grimdark as the other books mentioned in the chat, it still deals with quite a few disturbing details of everyday life.  

  • Lucy Cruickshanks 11 months ago

    Anything take your fancy, Emily? I'm curious!

  • Mark Housley 10 months ago

    Fear and Loathing is one of my favorite books, Lucy :) I loved Clockwork when I was a pretentious high school student- that was a weird time lol. All around excellent rec's- Palahniuk? Yes, please. Hey Lucy, what does "wins the pools" mean? It's in the description for The Collector. 

    I recently read The Gone World by Tom Sweterlisch and it has really stuck with me. It's total sci-fi but really far out there. It's grown on me, something I love to happen! It has a disabled female lead character, something you don't often see. Also, Emily, you might try The Magicians by Grossman. It has a real Less Than Zero vibe. I love Ellis too and I was thinking hard about LTZ the other day but I can't remember about what for the life of me...

  • Lucy Cruickshanks 10 months ago

    Ah, yes! The pools is a UK term for a weekly betting pool for football games (or soccer as you lot call it!). Really cheap to enter but you can win huge. The Collector is such a great book. Teenage me was TERRIFIED! He wins enough money to buy himself a house where he can hide a woman he's kidnapped, I think. I really think you'd like it, Mark.

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