This page focuses on those fiction works I have read and would like to recommend to you, my readers. These works have greatly influenced my own flash fiction and short stories. Of course, if you have any books you have highly enjoyed, please feel free to share them with me. I am always willing to throw another book on my crumbling TBR list! Who knows, they might end up on this list one day for future readers to discover!
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This classic Russian novel is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life: social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power to rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in THE HOBBIT. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
"The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black.
Nothing I have read quite compares with The Master and Margarita. The reader follows the Devil and his band of mischief-makers, traveling the city of Moscow, leaving chaos in their wake. Mikhail Bulgakov uses a fantastical, funny, and devastating style, weaving together two storylines, one set in contemporary Moscow, the other in ancient Jerusalem, to create a satire of Soviet life during the darkest days of Stalin's reign. The novel is brimming with historical, imaginary, frightful, and wonderful characters, including a talking black cat, an assassin, and a beautiful naked witch.
Written in 1975, this is one of King's earliest works. Long before vampires became gothic and stylish, they were killers of the night, embodying our fear of death. Salem's Lot draws upon the latter undead folklore and reveals how a single vampire unleashed in a small rural town, tainted with its own dark secrets, takes advantage of its townsfolk one at a time, leaving those few who remain to fight the final battle. I read it twice in my teens, and will revisit it someday soon as an adult.
Published in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment has remained one of the literary world's classics novels. It definitely has left an indelible mark in my heart. The main character of the novel, Raskolnikov, a destitute student, sees himself as exceptional and, therefore, free to commit crimes―even murder. However, his crimes and a growing existential dilemma weigh heavily on his consciousness as he attempts to outmaneuver both his own mind and a suspicious police investigator.