What are the best philosophical and fiction books?

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    #1Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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    Silvia Vera
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "this is my favorite part Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. I would read because it have philosophy "
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    #21984

    1984
    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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    Shreya Jaiteley
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I consider 1984 to be an American classic. It's not the most high-brow book ever written; it's plot becomes somewhat obvious from the beginning. It is, however, a compelling read with many real-life implications. The connections that can be drawn between 1984 and today's society are mind-blowing! This is a great book for anyone from high schoolers to seasoned readers. "
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    #3The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Julio Monroy
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "The Picture of Dorian Gray is a story of young Gray finding the secrets of eternal youth. Immortality is a flagship topic within my library and this book is no exception. This book really hits home when it comes to conveying cause-and-effect and is one my personal favorite fiction books."
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    #4Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.

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    Philip Howard
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "good"
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    #5Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    Thus Spoke Zarathustra

    The most accessible and influential work of Nietzsche, the most influencer philosopher of the 19th and 20th century. In this book, Nietzsche explains the basis of provocative and utterance 'God is dead'.

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    Justin Fields
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Anyone with a sincere interest in philosophy must add Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra to their reading list immediately. This translation is direct and straightforward, which makes understanding his arguments all the better. While easier to get into than some of his other work, Zarathustra is still rather dense, so prepare yourself to dive deep. Powerful and challenging, this book will open your mind to the follies of our culture and how we might address our societal flaws."
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    #6The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
    Albert Camus wrote The Myth of Sisyphus becoming one of the most influential philosophical works of the 20th Century. Under the influence of Don Juan and Kafka's works, this book is a meditation on suicide and living or not living. 


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    Eric Anderson
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Thanks for an Amazon suggestion. The book looked a little spendy for the rating at first but it looks like there are a ton of used options to make this an easier choice. I will give it a shot."
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    #7Notes From Underground

    Notes From Underground
    In Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells the story of an unnamed narrator who retreated underground, fully isolating himself from society. It exhibits Dostoyevsky's thoughts on society and the human condition.
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    Jack Sims
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "Dostoyevsky shares insights into irrational behaviors and the need for freedom via a spiteful character. Reading this text left me feeling a bit agitated, though less so than with "Crime and Punishment." I found the translation to be readable and clear. Easily readable on Kindle."
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    #8Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night

    Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline is a fiction novel originally published in 1932. This book entails the idiocy and hypocrisy of society through the author's point of view.

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    Devansh Banerjee
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "One of the stand out books from L Louis-Ferdinand Céline looks at society contradictions. This classic fictional novel will bring you on a journey to the views of society from a generation ago."
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    #9Art as Experience

    Art as Experience
    Art as Experience is a philosophical book written by John Dewey based on the author's lecture at Harvard in 1932. It was published posthumously in 2005. It discusses most art form, from architecture to visual art and literature.
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    Billy Boyd
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Published long after the original authors demise, this archived collection of philosophical musings is characterized by the wide variety of thoughtful discussions within, including the areas of sculpturing, architecture, painting, music and literature. The book goes into great depths on the correlations of an artist's pragmatic approach to their craft and the how and why's of what makes an artist contemplate their finished project."
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    #10Reaper Man (Discworld)

    Reaper Man (Discworld)
    Reaper Man is a fantasy novel by acclaimed author Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of Death, who goes on a vacation after losing his job and causes a backlog of souls to be collected. It is the eleventh book in the Discworld series.
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    Wayne Holland
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Dark tales aside, a digital format of this book would bring in more readers."
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    #11Inferno (La Divina Commedia)

    Inferno (La Divina Commedia)

    Inferno is by Dante Alighieri is a medieval poem written in the common vernacular of the time which started on Good Friday in the year of 1300 wherein he encounters the ghost of the poet Virgil.

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    Maria Walker
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Inferno (La Divina Commedia) by Dante Alighieri is a poem written in the medieval times. It's about the main character meets the ghost of poet Virgil."
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    #12Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is a non-fiction book written by Novella Carpenter which includes farmers' tips and offers a meditation on what people give up to live the way they currently do. 

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    Rishika Singh
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I don't really think this solution fits what I want. This is a completely opposite type of book than what I wanted. Overall not a horrible try but just really got off of what I wanted."
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    #13The Millennial Reincarnations (The Millennial Trilogy)

    The Millennial Reincarnations (The Millennial Trilogy)
    The Millennial Reincarnations is a science fiction novel by Daniel Mark Harrison. It tells the story of a group of millennials from New York and Shanghai, as they try to figure out the reason for their existence on Earth.
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    Walter Stevens
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I recently bought The Millennial Reincarnations (The Millennial Trilogy), a fiction novel written by Daniel Mark Harrison. The book it's about a group of millennials between New York and Shanghai that interrogate themselves about the reasons behind the existence of the life on this planet. Surely interesting, I suggest it to everyone!"
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    #14On Art and Artists

    On Art and Artists

    On Art and Artists: An Anthology of Diderot's Aesthetic Thought is a compilation of the art critic essays written by the Enlightenment philosopher and playwright Denis Diderot. This version is edited by John Glaus and Jean Seznec.

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    Wang Luo
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "On Art and Artists was not my type of book to read. I passed it on to my art major niece and she loved it."
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    #15The Concept of Mind

    The Concept of Mind
    The Concept of Mind by Gilbert Ryle is a philosophical novel originally published in 1949. This book tackles the illusion of the "mind" supported by logical errors. Its first edition was released by the University of Chicago Press.
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    Tyler Webb
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Very simple book to use and understand to improve your conceptual and analytical skills"
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    #16The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The Philosophy Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book by Will Buckingham is a philosophical novel originally published in 2011. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.

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    Alexander Ramos
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I don't think the topic works for this one. This book is easy to read and good visual graphics. Historical account of philosophy from ancient to modern, so it's not quite fiction though it is philosophical."
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    #17An Essay on the Beautiful

    An Essay on the Beautiful

    An Essay on the Beautiful is a compilation of essays and writings about aesthetics written by ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus and some works by Enlightenment philosopher Taylor Thomas.

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    David Peters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "An Essay on the Beautiful is a bunch of essays in one book written by Plotinus and Taylor Thomas. It's perfect for philosophical reading and a way to look into how people used to view the world back in the 17-and-18 hundreds."
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    #18Thief of Time (Discworld)

    Thief of Time (Discworld)

    The Thief of Time is a fantasy novel by multi-award-winning author Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of the Monks of History as they try to stop the Perfect Clock from being built. It is the 26th book in the Discworld series.

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    Moisés Peña
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Another entry in Pratchett Discworld series. In this entry the story revolves around time, can it really be wasted, loss, made up, sped up, and slow down words we use everyday in are relationship to time. But rather than metaphors this was a actual thing. This is the premise of Pratchett book."
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    #19Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics

    Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
    Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics is a book written by German philosopher Georg Hegel. It was originally released in the 1820s. This Penguin Classics version is edited by Michael Inwood and is translated by Bernard Bosanquet.
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    Pamela Cooper
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I don't think this is a fiction book. It is an introduction to Aesthetics. Worth reading but not the best match"
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    #20At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    At The Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

    At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell is a biographical novel originally published in March 2016. This book tackles the concept of existentialism movement.

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    Jason Edwards
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I like the idea of reading philosophy, but it always seems so inaccessible and makes my eyes glaze over. This book is actually a light read, if that's possible, and is really insightful and informative."
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    #21Wittgenstein's Mistress

    Wittgenstein's Mistress

    Wittgenstein's Mistress is a fiction written by David Markson with Afterwords written by Steven Moore and David Foster Wallace. This book is published in 1988 by Dalkey Archive Press.

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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "After not being able to sleep I wanted to do something. I found a book called Wittgenstein's Mistress. I thought by the title it would be a really racey book. What I found was that the book is actually good and not as racey as I thought it was going to be. I enjoyed it very much."
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    #22Freedom

    Freedom

    Freedom is a contemporary fiction novel written by Jonathan Franzen. This features the Berglund family as they live their life. With over 500 pages, this novel is published in 2010 by Farrar Straus Giroux.

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    Beverly Fox
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book was recommended by Oprah. It reads like a soap opera. It never fills out a character enough for the reader to want to continue reading. It goes along in fits and starts and never completes anything. NOT good, not worth money, and certainly not worth time to push through. "
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    #23Small Gods (Discworld)

    Small Gods (Discworld)

    Small Gods is the thirteenth novel in Terry Pratchett's fantasy series, Discworld. Simultaneously philosophical and satirical, it tells the story of Brutha, a novice priest to whom the God Om asked for help to regain his true form. 

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    Gloria Mendez
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I loved this book. It kept me interested from start to finish. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to read about different gods. Definitely a good philosophical book but not sure if I consider it the best."
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    #24Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability

    Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability

    Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability is a non-fiction book written by David Holmgren wherein he shares his permaculture concept which he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. 

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    Arthur Montgomery
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The topic, philosophical and fiction books, casts a wide net, but this solution is a fair fit for the philosophy side. Permaculture is an interesting topic."

Summary

Best What are the best philosophical and fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SteppenwolfBooks 11 Paid
21984Books 8 Paid
3The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 8 Paid
4Crime and PunishmentBooks 6 Paid
5Thus Spoke ZarathustraBooks 5 Paid
6The Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysBooks 3 Paid
7Notes From UndergroundBooks 2 Paid
8Journey to the End of the NightBooks 1 Paid
9Art as ExperienceBooks 0 Paid
10Reaper Man (Discworld)Books 0 Paid
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