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Books that have induced a mindfuck posted 25 Aug 2004, 01:08 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

I posted this in edited form at OF, but I thought I'd gauge reaction here to this guy's list that I found and saved some time ago: [url:340v6tne]http://everything2.com/index.pl?lastnode_id=88698&node_id=1016184[/url:340v6tne] And for the record, I've read 82 of these books and own 3 others that I'll read shortly. I'm just sad that [i:340v6tne]Run, Spot, Run![/i:340v6tne] didn't make it into the list ;) view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 15:08 by Alric, Auditor

I'll reiterate... it's not a bad list though I'd agree with jfclark's assessment... if all of those books produced that claimed result on his mind, I'd question the guy's sanity. :wink: I've read all of or portions of a great many those titles. Still, I think you should link to the post ... Riffing off my earlier post. The books in that thread are a bit more interesting. view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 18:08 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Sure thing, Jake. Here's the post I made riffing off of that earlier one: [url:11ykjqhi]http://www.wotmania.net/fantasymessageboardshowmessage.asp?MessageID=106070[/url:11ykjqhi] view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 21:08 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have read quite a few of the books on the list and own most of them, however I would say that perhaps the most disturbing was The Wasp Factory, still a damn fine read but nothing that totally fries the mind. As to books like Bloodline of the Grail thats just a book to read, doesnt do too much to the mind however I suppose it will do to those of religious sensibilities. view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 21:08 by Edge, Peralogue

Watership Down :o Hitchikers Guide :o Obviously has a totally different definition of the word than I have. Have to agree with dros though, [i:2nckgsqo] The Wasp Factory [/i:2nckgsqo] is seriously weird. view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 21:08 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

If there's any book I read that would really qualify as a mindfuck, it'd be Mark Danielewski's [color=blue:2jwapepn]House[/color:2jwapepn] of Leaves. Now that was seriously warped in a good way. view post


mindfuck book posted 30 Jun 2005, 02:06 by Anonymous, Subdidact

May I add to the AynRand part, Atlas Shrugged. Totally made me depressed... made me think things you aren't supposed to. Like...life and it all being a huge contradiction on its self. And how we have to have all the good and the bad or we wont exist... geeze. view post


posted 16 Jul 2005, 19:07 by Edge, Peralogue

Having finished it recently I'll add [i:1pw7nhta] A Scanner Darkly [/i:1pw7nhta] by Philip K Dick. Weird, weird stuff. view post


posted 17 Aug 2005, 13:08 by WhiteLineRacer, Candidate

Elric At The End of Time did my head in :? view post


posted 19 Aug 2005, 03:08 by Clarkesworld Books, Peralogue

How about the Illuminatus! Trilogy by Shea and Wilson? view post


posted 19 Aug 2005, 05:08 by Lucimay, Subdidact

weelll....when i was 19, lo these many years ago, i decided i should read freud. don't know why i thought this but i did. i read six volumes of collected papers. THAT was a serious mindfuck. and (dweeb that i am) when i first read King's Salem's Lot, that scared the crap outa me. kindof a mindfuck. (that was the year it was published, once again, many years ago) haven't read any "mindfucking" literature lately. (i've used this adjective too many times now, haven't i) :oops: oh..i just thought of something more recent, anyone else read [i:lrso1n0x]The Angle Quickest for Flight [/i:lrso1n0x]by Steven Kotler? That was a bit bizarre. view post


posted 05 Sep 2005, 03:09 by Fortey, Commoner

That may be the most preposterous list of books ever to be categorized under such terms. And why is Margaret Atwood on there? Am I the only person who hates Margaret Atwood and all her work? However, I'd like to add that the Neverending Story certainly is a mindfuck. When the book ends, instead of never ending...whoa. view post


posted 09 Jan 2006, 06:01 by Fell, Peralogue

Some of those books are lightweight, but yeah: some of Philip K. Dick's works, Iain Banks's [i:37hdeu63]House of Leaves[/i:37hdeu63], Shea & Wilson's [i:37hdeu63]Illuminatus! Trilogy[/i:37hdeu63], and most definitely Mark Z. Danielewski's [i:37hdeu63][color=blue:37hdeu63]House[/color:37hdeu63] of Leaves[/i:37hdeu63]. Could also throw in Paulo Coelho's [i:37hdeu63]The Alchemist[/i:37hdeu63], and [i:37hdeu63]Foucault's Pendulum[/i:37hdeu63]. Danielewski fucked me up for months after that. Only book that's ever sent shivers up my spine. Banks's [i:37hdeu63]The Wasp Factory[/i:37hdeu63] was interesting in that it's an accurate portrayal of the child as the discovery of a personal shamanistic system comes into place. The youth develops a personal, subjective system of mysticism akin to more Traditional systems of magic and sorcery. Very cool book. Anyone looking for a few phenomenal books, non-fiction, should check out [i:37hdeu63]Prometheus Rising[/i:37hdeu63], [i:37hdeu63]Thundersqueak[/i:37hdeu63], and [i:37hdeu63]The Lucifer Principle[/i:37hdeu63]. view post


posted 04 Feb 2006, 06:02 by Sharaz Jek, Commoner

Definitely the first volume of Robert Anton Wilson's [b:1gap39sz]Cosmic Trigger[/b:1gap39sz] for me. Other mentionables would be The Wasp Factory, The Schrodinger's Cat trilogy (also by R.A.Wilson), Ubik and A Scanner Darkly, both by PK Dick. view post


posted 05 Feb 2006, 08:02 by Nasrudin's Shadow, Candidate

Oh sure, people bandy Kafka's name about for no good reason, but [i:hu8a1m06]The Trial[/i:hu8a1m06] is a serious mindfuck, as are many of his short stories. Also, Martin Amis' [i:hu8a1m06]Time's Arrow[/i:hu8a1m06] threw me for a loop for a while. And Idries Shaw's [i:hu8a1m06]The Magic Monastery[/i:hu8a1m06]. view post


posted 05 Feb 2006, 14:02 by Peter, Auditor

I would second and third [color=blue:2x7wh995]House[/color:2x7wh995] of Leaves. I based an Unknown Armies game on it (for those who don't know, very very good rpg) and actually managed to scare one of my players to the extent that he didn't want to sleep... and that was second hand from the book. view post


posted 31 Mar 2006, 07:03 by Curethan, Didact

Alright people. Just read Aylett, Steve. Slaughtermatic, Shamanspace, Crime Studio. The day they get optioned for movies will be the day that I realize I have died and gone to Mindfuck Heaven. view post


posted 31 Mar 2006, 14:03 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

i haven't even heard of 1/4 of those books... mostly cos a lot of them look boring as hell... HHGTTG a mindfuck? right. poppy z. brite should be on there. now she is a mindfuck. view post


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