Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson Book: The Illuminatus Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, the Golden Apple and Leviathan
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it's own genre
No this isn't as intriguing as Umberto Eco or as insightful as Pynchon. It isn't as funny as Douglas Adams. It doesn't preach like Ayn Rand. It's not good literature. It won't stretch your mind like Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach". It isn't as well written as any of those. It's not meant to be. It's meant to poke you in your gizzard and be sort of "neato" whilst doing so. What it will do is disturb and irritate you. Take note of where it disturbs and irritates you, those are your faults and weaknesses. The funny parts are where it is poking at some other reader and you (oh so wisely) get to see this and laugh from your own superior perspective. Good, fun airplane book for those who view Grisholm, Clancy, typical NYT best-sellers, etc, as the Doritos of literature, but aren't currently looking for a truly nourishing read. Doesn't matter much if you lose your place. Long and clever like the worlds largest limmerick. A bible for freshmen dystopians, it may seem incredibly profound if you're just getting into social and cultural critiques that wax philosophical.