So I got a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and decided to get a whole stack of books yesterday. I went into my two favorite sections (Literature and SciFi/Fantasy) and ended up with these:
I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
The Idiot, by Dostoyevsky
Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Shadow and Claw: The First Hal of the Book of the New Sun (two books in one volume) by Gene Wolfe
The Knight, by Gene Wolfe
plus a giant book of crossword puzzles.
I'd heard the Tom Wolfe book being talked about a little online, read the first chapter online, and decided it was interesting enough to read all of.
I got the Idiot, because I love Dostoyevsky and it's supposed to be one of his best books.
I've been wanting to read Burroughs' Mars books for awhile (gosh darn it, Mr. Wright, stop talking about books, it keeps expanding my reading list!) Plus, it had a picture of a space princess in a bikini on the front. How could I resist?
Gene Wolfe also comes highly recommended by Mr. Wright; I picked up The Knight and started reading the first chapter to see if I wanted to buy the book. After about 2 pages, I felt like my mind had been pulled through into another dimension, and been remade as something new. On the strength of that, I bought both G. Wolfe books that I'd grabbed, instead of just onoe. Can't wait to see where he's going with this story! Even in the first two pages, there were references to Norse mythology and Platonic dialogues.