What are the best surreal psychedelic mind bending novels?

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    #1The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Ann Larson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you are looking for a novel that will truly mess with your head, you will love The Shining. The novel is written by Stephen King and is about the struggle against the forces of evil. Check this book out if you don't want to sleep in the near future. "
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    #2Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    Brandon Powell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "i agree and disagree with this. its a great book but im no sure about mind bending per se"
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    #3Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.

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    Nathan Robinson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book has a story that is unforgettable, I read this in my English class in High School, and I still remember the story pretty clearly after 7 years. It has a story that is very interesting to think about, and has a surreal feeling in many different times during the story. I recommended this to friends and family who have never read this book, but enjoy survival stories."
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    #41Q84

    1Q84

    1Q84 is a fantasy fiction book written by Haruki Murakami which centers on a young woman named Aomame who follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. 

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    Cynthia Mendez
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This story is really amazing - I was able to relate to the main character very well, and I could imagine what she experienced, as I feel I was a passenger in her story. Your mind will appreciate this book, and you may never look at the world the same way again."
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    #5The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49

    The Crying of Lot 49 is a postmodern literature novel written by Thomas Pynchon which was originally published in 1965. This novel is about a woman named Oedipa Maas and the unveiling of truths between two mail distribution companies.

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    #6Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 
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    Michael Griffin
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Looking for Alaska is a mystery novel, a detective story of sorts. The journey is kinda mind bending as they take you through the last words of various people. The plot is a little far fetched and the end result isn't hard to see coming, but this book is intended for young adults."
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    #7Night Shift

    Night Shift

    Night Shift is a book collection of frightening stories written by Stephen King which serves as a delectable introduction to King's mythologies. This is said to be the first short stories King has written in his early years. 

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    Randy Richardson
    Written on April 18, 2018
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    #8Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is a mystery-thriller book written by Peter Straub which centers on four old men who gather together to tell each other frightening stories, however, one of the stories wherein they did something in the past is haunting them. 

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    Juan Knight
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is an old classic. It slowly weaves together many stories and circumstances as the sense of dread builds until the stories have become a single thread. It is set in a small town during an oppressive winter as the townspeople learn that they can never escape their past. Heavily recommended for readers seeking a slow crushing thrill. "
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    #9Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    Ready Player One is a science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline published in 2011. It is about Wade Watts' search for an Easter egg hidden inside a virtual reality game world. It has a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

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    Terry Montgomery
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "people might hate the book for some reason, but i think it's great."
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    #10Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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    Steven Bell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Even 50 years after it was published this book explores the effects of WWII by someone who was there. It likely even is a precursor to what we now know as PSTD. Yet the way it was written contains sufficient distance and humor from the events to allow them to be realistic understand the futility some people feel in the face of tragedy but also the hopefulness of "life goes on" afterwards."
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    #11Aware

    Aware

    Aware: An Inquiry Into Consciousness... Our Psychedelic Quest for Life, Liberty and Intellectual Property. "a psychonaut adventure" is a Humor, Action, Science Fiction novel written by Brandon Earl Bristow.

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    Kenneth Hall
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Aware is such a cool book. It is definitely one of the best that that are surreal and psychedelic. It definitely is mind-bending and may send you through a paradigm shift."
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    #12The End of Certainty

    The End of Certainty

    Ilya Prigogine's The End of Certainty is a psychological-philosophical book about the concept of time, it's nature and how people came to understand it. The book was published on August 17th, 1997 by Free Press.

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    Daniel Ford
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "What's more mind bending than the discussion the process of (or lack thereof) time itself? While not necessarily "psychedelic", The End of Certainty is a good book for people seeking a philosophical look at the nature of time, and to a lesser extent, physics. A good read if you're looking for something mind-expanding."
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    #13Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice
    Inherent Vice is a part-noir, part-psychedelic postmodern novel written by famous literary icon Thomas Pynchon. It was first released in 2009. it became a New York Times Bestseller.

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    Keith Ellis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book gave me a serious urge to watch The Big Lebowski again. Inherent Vice is a part-noir, part-psychedelic postmodern novel written by Thomas Pynchon. "
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    #14Darkness Blooms

    Darkness Blooms
    Darkness Blooms is a thrilling suspense and horror novel written by author Christopher Bloodworth. It was released in October 2015. 


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    Jeffrey Hayes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Thrills abound in Darkness Blooms. Has a little bit of everything."

Summary

Best What are the best surreal psychedelic mind bending novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The ShiningBooks 34 Paid
2FrankensteinBooks 30 Paid
3Lord of the FliesBooks 28 Paid
41Q84Books 27 Paid
5The Crying of Lot 49Books 25 Paid
6Looking for AlaskaBooks 23 Paid
7Night ShiftBooks 22 Paid
8Ghost StoryBooks 19 Paid
9Ready Player OneBooks 17 Paid
10Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 16 Paid
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