Mind altering, state shifting, world shaking books that leave you with an eerie feeling about the world and everything that you knew about it. These books will mess with your mind and induce a heavy dose of a mind fuck.
1. The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Illuminatus! is pershaps one of the most wonderful books you will read. The combination of occultism, anarchism, and outright strangeness carries the reader through the most mind altering conspiracy theory ever dreamt of. This book will make you laugh, rage, and probably cause you to become a bit paranoid.
2. House of Leaves — Mark Z. Danielewski
This book could be described as the book of The Blair Witch Project. Danielewski’s genius is his deft mix of great storytelling, insightful emotional reckoning, and playful word games. “House of Leaves” is a book that’s bigger on the inside than it is outside. It isn’t a book to be read from the first page to the last and is very frightening.
3. Naked Lunch — William S. Burroughs
This book is truly a trip to the dark side. Dream, hallucination, reality and drug visions blend and merge and disperse. Naked Lunch allows you to put yourself inside the tormented and confused mind of a drug addict as he loses lucidity and visits demons.
4. The Thirteenth Tale — Diane Setterfield
Vida Winter, England’s most famous and reclusive writer, is nearing the end, and before she goes she wants her life story to be recorded. For this, she engages a lonely young biographer, Margaret Lea, who has a few secrets of her own. When these two women meet, the stage is set for a series of shocking surprises.
The back inside flap of the book jacket promises that Setterfield will, “in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life”. She keeps her promise.
5. Slaughterhouse Five — Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughter House Five follows a young man, Billy Pilgrim through his life. Billy believes aliens have abducted him. We assume that it’s through these aliens that he learns to time travel, a skill he frequently uses. He bounces around time to all the various portions of his life, many times returning to World War II where he was captured, taken prisoner, and held in slaughterhouse five in Dresden, Germany.
The story of Billy Pilgrim is enjoyable to read, and contains more than dry philosophy that some antiwar novels are filled with.
6. Firefall (2 Book Series) — Blindsight & Echopraxia By Peter Watts
The day sixty-five thousand objects burned briefly around Earth: an unexplained moment of surveillance by an alien intelligence. We called it Firefall.
Two months later, we sent the Theseus reconnaisance mission into deep space. Somewhere past Jupiter, we lost contact.
For the last twenty-five years we have waited for word. No further sightings of “”fireflies”” have been reported.
But all this is about to change. For a man hiding in the Oregon desert is about to play a key role in the next stage of human evolution. And first he must find the Theseus mission…
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