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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.


  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel by Susanna Clarke
  4. The City and the City by China Mieville
  5. Baudelaire by Pascal Pia
  6. The Craft of the Japanese Sword by Leon and Hiroko Kapp, and Yoshindo Yoshihara
  7. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student by Edward P.J. Corbett and Robert J. Connors
  8. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  9. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
  10. 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.

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