What are the best J.G. Ballard books?

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    #1High-Rise

    High-Rise

    High-Rise is J.G. Ballard's 1975 postmodern novel about the residents of an isolated apartment whose ideologies devolved into something more primal, more animalistic.

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    Marilyn Reid
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "High-Rise is one of my favorite of J.G. Ballard books. What a great story of post modernism."
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    #2The Crystal World

    The Crystal World

    The Crystal World is a fictional post apocalyptic novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Crystal World was published on May 1, 1988 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    Christian Thomas
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Apocalyptic books are my favorite, and this was great. Love the suspense."
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    #3The Kindness of Women (Empire of The Sun)

    The Kindness of Women (Empire of The Sun)
    The Kindness of Women is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Kindness of Women was published on April 12, 1993 by Mariner Books. The Kindness of Women is the second book of the Empire of The Sun Book series.
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    Bryan Freeman
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I cannot say that I am a fan of J.G. Ballard but I read quite a few of his books. The Empire of the Sun series consists of decent books that you may look at and I would consider them as one of the best books of the author; together with his book Crash."
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    #4Empire Of The Sun

    Empire Of The Sun

    Empire Of The Sun is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Empire Of The Sun is the first book of the Empire of the Sun book series. Empire Of The Sun was published by Harper Perennial.

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    Heather Ramos
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A friend recommended me this book a few weeks ago, and i just love it, he knows me well. The story of the book is just amazing and many people would enjoy reading this as i did. I highly recommend this book, the cover is awesome and the title is interesting. "
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    #5The Drowned World

    The Drowned World

    The Drowned World is a fictional post apocalyptic novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. The Drowned World was published on September 9, 1999 by Victor Gollancz.

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    Carolyn Patel
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "J.G. Ballard was one of the forefront authors of the New Wave of science fiction and he has beneath his belt many fantastic works. But none rise higher than The Drowned World, a post-apocalyptic novel that seems to share the warning chime of Orwell's novel, 1984. Like 1984, there is a sense of urgency and what-might-be, as The Drown World is particularly topical now with the struggle with global warming. J.G. Ballard's writing has reached a new peak with The Drowned World not only for his masterful prose but because of how relevant it is today. "
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    #6Concrete Island

    Concrete Island
    Concrete Island is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Concrete Island was published on October 5, 2001 by Picador. Concrete Island was first published on 1974.
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    Melissa Hunter
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "According to its jacket copy, CONCRETE ISLAND is a "wickedly modern ROBINSON CRUSOE." But a more apt comparison might be LORD OF THE FLIES, since CI explores the emotional darkness that can surface when an angry man is injured and marooned and exists outside the restraints of normal culture. CI tells the story of Robert Maitland, a wealthy and successful architect and first-rate jerk, who loses control of his car, crashes through a traffic barrier, and ends up injured and stranded on a patch of derelict ground beneath the freeways of London. In a Robinsonade, a protagonist explores his new home, scavenges for food, develops a fever, devises shelter, and then discovers he is not alone. All this happens to Maitland, who survives through the odd kindness of his cohabitants. But as he survives, Maitland shows tendencies toward intimidation and manipulation and corrupts what was, before his arrival, a strange yet undeniable haven."
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    #7A User's Guide to the Millennium

    A User's Guide to the Millennium
    A User's Guide to the Millennium: Essays and Reviews is a nonfiction book written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. A User's Guide to the Millennium was published on April 15, 1997 by Picador.
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    Lisa Walsh
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "In this, the first I believe, collection of J. G. Ballard's non-fiction writings, Ballard is again writing about his favorite themes and obsessions. Dali, Burroughs and Mae West all appear. This time, however, he is writing about them in reality, for book reviews and the like, not as characters and archetypes in a hallucinatory fictional landscape. Despite our knowledge that we a reading an alleged non-fiction collection, the overwhelming presence of the Ballard worldview remains and makes one wonder if perhaps the non-fiction of reality and the imagination of Ballard are more closely linked that we would like to admit. Ballard's prose and style shine through illuminating the seemingly mundane subject matter. Also the careful categorization of the essays/reviews furthers the reader's impression that this is indeed a Ballard collection. The chapter headings of Film, Lives, The Visual World, etc. and titles such as "Hitman for the Apocalypse" adorning the review of a book on Burroughs bring to mind the headers and chronology of The Atrocity Exhibition. This in not necessarily a book for Ballard beginners. Another point of entry would better initiate a reader new to Ballard. But if you are familiar with his work and his common themes and elements, it is fascinating to watch his skill as a writer and constructer as he creates vehicles of ideological validation from Sunday supplement subjects."
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    #8Super-Cannes

    Super-Cannes

    Super-Cannes: A Novel is a fictional novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Super-Cannes was published on October 4, 2002 by Picador. Super-Cannes is set in Eden-Olympia.

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    Tejas Kadam
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I can't get enough of science fiction books. First book I read was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Super-Cannes was a good read and I can see myself reading more books by Ballard. His use o detail and descriptions are top notch leading to the climax where you are fully involved in by the time it comes."
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    #9Vermilion Sands

    Vermilion Sands

    Vermilion Sands is a science fiction novel written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Vermilion Sands was published on December 23, 1975 by Panther. Vermilion Sands was first published on April 1971.

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    Jessica Taylor
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This collection of short stories has a unifying theme of happening in a very strange desert resort, Vermillion Sands. I read this book maybe twenty years ago, and many of the images have followed through my life since. Enjoyable, going from the level of soap-opera guilty pleasure to the sublime and thought provoking. Ballard is the sober man's Bukowski, laying bare the emotions of the tragedies of everyday life and also putting the extraordinary in the context of normal human experience. My favorite book of his, and one of my favorites overall. "Crash" is my next favorite, so if you like this check it out next.."
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    #10Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories

    Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories

    Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories is a collection  of fictional novels written by James Graham "J.G." Ballard. Low-Flying Aircraft And Other Stories was published by Panther.

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    Bobby Aguilar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I love to read J.G. Ballard books. My favorite right now is Low-Flying Aircraft and Other Stories. It's a bunch of fictional novels by James Graham (J.G.) Ballard. The fictional stories are great and really amazing. I love the characters and I loved learning about their adventures. It was awe-inspiring and beautiful. Highly recommended!"

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Best What are the best J.G. Ballard books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1High-RiseBooks 31 Paid
2The Crystal WorldBooks 29 Paid
3The Kindness of Women (Empire of The Sun)Books 28 Paid
4Empire Of The SunBooks 26 Paid
5The Drowned WorldBooks 23 Paid
6Concrete IslandBooks 22 Paid
7A User's Guide to the MillenniumBooks 21 Paid
8Super-CannesBooks 19 Paid
9Vermilion SandsBooks 18 Paid
10Low-Flying Aircraft And Other StoriesBooks 15 Paid
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