• yes. "the reader" twas my favorite before anyone ever decided to do a movie about it... i thought about the book for weeks afterward.
  • Ninja Handbook
  • Hundreds of them have. It's not an "it" answer.
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • stephen kings the dark half totaly awesume !!!
  • Yes, Go Ask Alice and The Painted Bird.
  • Yes Nick... Very interesting question.. the little prince and johnothon livingston seagull as well as books by maurice maeterling about the life of ants, termites and bees... and one ohter by henry corbin: the life of mola sadra, the great persian scholar from 17th century...
  • Yes, "Godfather", "Jaws" and all of Harold Robbins books. But if you really want one that will fascinate you get one called "How the World Really Works" by Alan B. Jones. After that you will have a different look at the world, particularly the US Government. Oh, don't forget the Bible. That will really intrigue you.
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand
  • Many books have left me feeling like that. One that always sticks in my mind is "Illusions" by Richard Bach. And in fact, anything else by him too.
  • Interestingly, the first answers for me are short stories. All of these completely mesmerized me. By far, my number one pick: Conrad Aiken's short story "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" - - a poetically beautiful yet disturbing descent into mental illness for a young boy - or is it illness? [ and not 'snow' as in crack cocaine -- title refers to regular wintry snow ] no particular order: "The Celestial Omnibus" by E. M. Forster "To Build a Fire" by Jack London "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Complete Collected Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor," which includes "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and " Good Country People." ~ I asked an official Answerbag question months ago about Flannery O'Connor but have yet to receive an answer. This author has me shocked, laughing and horrified -- more often than not, all at the same time. She AMAZES me!! And no one here seems to have read her stuff! Of all my answers, I recommend the most Aiken's "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" and the short stories of Flannery O'Connor ( especially the two short stories I mentioned ) - - hey, the best thing about my answers - you don't need a huge time commitment -- they're short stories! :) +5
  • Stephen King's "The Stand". The only book I ever felt compelled to finish.
  • Push by Sappire. it reminded me that some people have it really hard and that i shouldn't complain. i CAN'T wait to see the movie in November!!!
  • The Legend of the Seventh Virgin by Victoria Holt
  • "Replay" by Ken Grimwood
  • The Doctor's Wife by Brian Moore I was amazed that such a book could be written by a man! Brilliant book
  • War of the worlds that book was bad ass and the last the book of the bible.
  • "The Long Walk" is one of my favorite books. I dunno if mesmerized is the word I would use though.
  • The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.
  • it was a book by ken follett's 'pillars of the earth' and 'world without end' i dont want it to end. each book is already 1100+ pages. i cried, got angry, pissed and fell in love while reading .
  • The entire 'Dark Tower' series by Stephen King.
  • Well I'm not sure what the definition of mesmerized really is in the context of reading a book, but Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut left me just sitting there blinking for a few minutes after turning the last page.
  • A lot of true crime, a few biographies, horror and fantasy by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Michael Crichton, Ira Levin, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Robert McCammon, Richard Matheson. One of the most perfect books I've ever read is Misery by Stephen King.
  • Definitely "The Ghost King" by R. A. Salvatore, that was absolutely devastating when two of the main characters, truly perfect in design, were handicapped the entire story, then killed off for the sake of 4th Edition D&D. Anda third one, Cadderly Bonaduce, turned to a simple ghost at the end of the book, and not able to talk to the rest of the characters. Simply shocking and so saddening.
  • 'The Mists of Avalon' by Marion Zimmer Bradley I got the book for Christmas from my boyfriend, and when I finally started to read it, I had to call in to work and take a weeks vacation starting immediately because I couldn't put it down. So good!

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