10 in 25: Books…or Were They Cataclysms? Answer, Yes.
If a cataclysm is a wrecking event that divides the time after and before it into distinctive parts, then there have been books I’ve consumed that I’d call cataclysms.
Which is a falutin’ way of saying they changed my life.
In the order I’m remembering them, and not all of them are books I’d say I necessarily liked or enjoyed. They’re life-changers.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke
- The City and the City by China Mieville
- Baudelaire by Pascal Pia
- The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Leon and Hiroko Kapp, and Yoshindo Yoshihara
- Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student by Edward P.J. Corbett and Robert J. Connors
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
- The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
And the list has ended before my ideas have… I must add one more:
- The Comic Mind by Gerald Mast.
Okay, I am done.
There be my cataclysms. They shook me and wrought me anew.
Our team of ruffians are notchin’ high. Keep ganderin’, gentles.