Top Ten Tuesday: Postmodern Lit 
The Top Ten Tuesday topic at The Broke and the Bookish this week is:  Top Ten Books for People Who Like X Author

So, I wasn't sure who to choose, because I kind of like some weird stuff, but I know that a lot of other bloggers have read Bret Easton Ellis, so, for fans of Ellis, read this...  P.S.  This list is pretty Rated R.

10. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy:  So, if you like postmodern lit, it is my humble opinion that it starts here.

9.  Herman Melville, Moby Dick: And then here.

8. J.G. Ballard, Crash or The Atrocity Exhibition:  Ballard is almost as nasty as Ellis, but different.  Crash  really disturbed me the first time I read it, but it is a pretty wonderful book.  The Atrocity Exhibition has illustrations.

7.  Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera:  I could recommend Foucault here for a theoretical perspective on violence in literature, but I like Anzaldua, and this list needs some females.

6. Evan Mandery, Q: A Love Story:  This isn't like Ellis in content, but the style reminds of Ellis just a little bit. 

5. Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted:  This is the nastiest/ most violent Palahniuk book that I've read.  I actually don't really like this book, but some fans of Ellis might?

4. Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis: Again, this is not my favorite DeLillo (again, I don't really like it), but is the most reminiscent of Ellis.  Maybe I don't really like Ellis, except that I really do.

3. William Burroughs, The Ticket That Exploded:  This is the only Burroughs I've read, so that is what I'm recommending. 

2. Tao Lin, Shoplifting from American Apparel: Lin has a similar tone to Ellis in this book: nihilism.

1.  Ryan Bradley, Prize Winners:  This short story is brief, but packs a punch.  Like most of this list, it is not for the weak of stomach.

**Just another quick warning...almost all of these books contain graphic violence and sex.  Of course, if you like Ellis, you know that. But if you didn't know that, they do.


  1. Your list is great! Nothing against the YA fans, but it's great to see a list without any!

  2. Awesomeness, you listed Evan Mandery's Q! =D I read it earlier this year and I absolutely loved it, been recommending it to everyone ever since <3

    Here's my TTT for this week

  3. I kind of sort of hate Ellis except that I don't always, so I'm very confused as to whether I should buy all these immediately, or never look at the list again! I do really like Moby Dick though, and I really hate Tristram Shandy... Hmmm...

    1. I kind of hate some of the books on my own list. But I also love/hate Ellis. I love both Moby Dick and Tristram Shandy though. I also love Borderlands. I wouldn't say I love Crash, but it is definitely worth reading too, and Prize Winners and Q are both books I liked.

  4. I was just discussing Haunted with someone last night. I've wanted to read it, but I hadn't expected it to be the most nasty/violent (sensational?) Palahniuk novel. Intriguing!

    1. For me, it was just kind of over the top. I was actually kind of Haunted by it though, which I guess makes the sensationalism effective. My favorite Palahniuk is Survivor.

  5. I'm so glad you included Tristram Shandy on your list!

  6. nteresting list. I enjoyed reading your titles and your descriptions are pretty provocative.


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