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Ringolevio by Emmett Grogan     A history of the 60s by the ultimate insider.  THE counterculture novel.

 

Anything by Robert Anton Wilson     Mindbending and preconception / delusion shattering

 

The Spell Of The Sensuous by David Abram     Perception expanding

 

The Way of the Shaman, Cave and Cosmos, and Hallucinogens and Shamanism by Michael Harner     The inspiration for Castaneda

 

Stealing The Fire from Heaven by Stephen Mace     Magickal ritual stripped down to its essential marrow

 

Alone With Others, Buddhism Without Beliefs, After Buddhism, and Secular Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor     Buddhism as a lifeway, not as a religion

 

                Sci-fi:     Brilliant stuff by multiple Hugo and Nebula winners

 

Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison

 

Stories Of Your Life and Others and What's Expected Of Us and Others by Ted Chiang

 

Pump 6 and Others Stories, The Doubt Factory, The Windup Girl, and The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

 

At The Mouth of the River of Bees, Tales for the Long Rains, and The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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Here are some more cool books:

 

Faces in the Smoke - An Eyewitness Experience of Voodoo Shamanism Psychic Healing and Other Amazing Human Powers by Douchan Gersi     Magic and mystery witnessed from indigenous tribes

 

 I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter     A powerful description of human self-conscious awareness by the author of Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

 

Practical Sigil Magic by Farater UD     How to work with sigils.

 

Zos-Kia - An Introductory Essay on the Art and Sorcery of Austin Osman Spare by Gavin Semple     Explanation of the non-system system of the founder of chaos magick.

 

The Spell of Making by Blacksun     A superb tutorial in thaumaturgy (ritual design)

 

Finite and Infinite Games - A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse   A comparative phenomenology of finite games (where the objective is to win) and infinite games (where the objective is to continue to play).

 

The Selfish Meme by Kate Distin and The Electric Meme by Robert Aunger     Essential works for a deeper understanding of memetics

 

Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz     An alternative history of World War II - or is it the actual history?

 

The Eden Express - A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut     Scizophrenic madness from the inside

 

The Tao is Silent by Raymond Smullyan   The deeper you think about this book, the more fun it is...;~)

 

Blind Voices and San Diego Lightfoot Sue by Tom Reamy     A novel and a short story collection from a budding Ray Bradbury who was taken from us far too soon.

 

Looking, Seeing by Harry Chapin     Song lyrics and poetry from a master storyteller

 

The Lords & The New Creatures by Jim Morrison and Simulacra and Simulations by Jean Baudrillard     Profound explanations of our media shadow world - one poetic, the other philosophical

 

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison     A profoundly American black novel - one of the very best

 

The Awakening by Kate Chopin     A brilliant early feminist novel

 

Man's Fate by Andre Malraux     An amazing existential novel about the Chinese Revolution

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