Breaking the mould..


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:\

Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Okay, unique books.  Well, I’ve had a good think and this is what I came up with:

  1. Alice in Wonderland.  I read this book many years ago and the one thing I initially recall was thinking how very ‘out there’ it was.  Seriously, was Lewis Carroll on some sort of mind bending hallucinogenics!  Seriously.  Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe….. (I rest my case – even though I do love, LOVE, that poem – do you have any notion how long it took just to type those 13 words – the number of auto correct words that took over?  What the shagging hell is is a slithy tove anyway?)
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Now this was another fairly early read for me and I think the whole idea of allegory went over my head so fast that it probably had some sort of butterfly effect on the other side of the world.  Anyway, animals, running the farm – and those blinking pigs!
  3. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.  Now this is one of those books that I picked up on a sale.  I really enjoyed this and I thought it was very unique – in fact I gave my copy to somebody in work and she actually cried (which was more emotion than I probably showed) – but, yeah, we both loved it.  So unexpected.
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t mind admitting that I didn’t like the idea of this book at all.  I couldn’t get my head around the idea of a games arena where children fought to the death.  Nope.  Too much.  I thought simply that it was going too far but, eventually, I picked it up and it was the very opposite of what I expected.
  5. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – creepy as.  OMG.  This is a scary little number.  I haven’t caught up with the series yet and I like to keep telling myself ‘I haven’t had time’ – who am I kidding – I’m scared.  I will though.  I can do this – face your fears and all that.
  6. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis – this is such a great book.  I’m going to completely confess that I didn’t really think I would like this, the reason, yes, *hangs head in shame*, I didn’t really feel drawn to the cover – there it is – but, I’m very pleased to say that this book was absolutely brilliant.  I loved it.
  7. Flex, Flux, Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz.  An excellent series, unbelievably unique, jaw droppingly brilliant, packed with excitement and danger and this fantastic combination of fantasy and games all mashed together.  I loved this.
  8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke – what a tour de force this is, maybe not for everyone but I loved it.  The history, the fantasy and the vision.  What a phenomenal piece of work.
  9. The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence- Prince, King and Emperor of Thorns.  Undoubtedly unique.  Dark and gritty, violent and yet compelling, well written and with a sweeping vision.  I love this series – maybe not for everyone but it really blew me away.
  10. This one is for you – choose your unique novel?

24 Responses to “Breaking the mould..”

  1. sjhigbee

    Ooo… what a lovely topic:)). There are SO many to choose from – I think I’m going to have to join in with this one! Thank you for sharing – I love your book choice and I’m really glad you went right back to looking at some of the early gamechangers, as well as more of the more recent reads.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I wanted to go for a mix and some of these books really stood out so this was a fairly simple list.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        And I wrote the post last night – it’ll be going up on Monday:). I couldn’t resist!

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Nice choices. The only one I’ve read is Alice in Wonderland and don’t throw things at me but I didn’t really care for it. I found Alice to be a brat. I know it’s a beloved book to many and I can accept that it truly is a classic, it just wasn’t the book for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      haha, of course I won’t throw things, I promise, *grabs for pitchfork and burning torch*. I think Alice is definitely not the book for everyone – it really is quite bizarre and I recall reading it and thinking that I’d missed something, or skipped some pages, but I was absolutely determined to continue. I do love it but I think it’s a marmite book.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Nathan

    Oh, Alice in Wonderland is a great choice. So is Annihilation of course. My unconvential read would be The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes. Nothing but red herrings, false trails, and mcguffins.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I will go and take a look at that, ta muchly.
      Lynn 😀
      Haha – what a curious looking book, it certainly seems to have divided opinion – did you love it?
      Lynn 😀

  4. beckmank

    Great choices here! I love Alice. The Time Traveler’s Wife is on my TBR, I even picked up a used copy a few months ago. I will get to it eventually! My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s what we all say – as our TBR’s grow and grow (and grow) – my books are now a veritable forest all stacked up. I will read them all one day.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    Great list, Lynn. I have to agree with Annihilation, it was so odd and wonderful! I’m not really an Alice in Wonderland fan, but it certainly is unique. You have several books listed that I’m dying to read, including the Ferrett Steinmetz series. MUST get to that one of these days!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the Ferrett Steinmetz books. I think you’d love them too – so creative and a wicked streak of fun.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    I totally agree Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is very unique, weird and wonderful, and I love it for it! I also love The Hunger Games and The Time Traveller’s Wife too 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      TTW is so good – I gave it to my friend in work and she cried at the end – she loved it more than me.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Maija Reads

    Nice one with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell! I’m a bit intrigued by Annihilation – earlier I thought I might give it a pass, but now that the TV series is coming and everything… I might try it!

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The Hunger Games came as a surprise to me – and a good one, at that: at first I believed it would all be about the fighting, but it turned out it was not so, indeed. I should have remembered that the recommendations from the friend who advised me to read it are always on spot… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, definitely a book that didn’t appeal to me at first. I felt the same about the tv series Dexter – I just didn’t like the sound of a detective who was a serial killer – six series (or maybe seven!) later I guess I proved myself wrong.
      Lynn 😀

  9. imyril

    *tempts you with a copy of Authority* It’s a different sort of creepy to Annihilation, I promise 😉 (to be fair, while I loved Authority, lots of people didn’t – it’s an office politics novel with WOAHWTF in the cupboard)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really fancy that to be honest – and I’m fairly certain I’ve already bought a copy … goes away to look – yes! I have a copy. Excellent – can’t wait to read about wtf is in the cupboard. Intrigued am I.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    Alice in Wonderland is such a fantastic choice! The Hunger Games is interesting too, because you’re right: it was definitely the first of its kind to go mainstream. Unfortunately I read Battle Royale first, the book that some critics argue THG was based on, so it didn’t have the same unique feel to it for me.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t heard of Battle Royale – do you recommend it?
      Lynn 😀

  11. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Ooooo good choice with The Time Traveler’s Wife! I also thought it was a very heartbreaking but unique read!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was really unique. It took me a while to catch on but such a great concept.
      Lynn 😀

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