Alright now, I could praise every book that makes up the Dark Tower series, because they are some of my most favorite Stephen King novels. Narrowing down one out of seven was difficult, but Drawing of the Three shows some of King's strongest characters at their most desperate points of need. The book picks up right after Gunslinger, progresses seamlessly as new characters are introduced, and the setting shifts from desert to New York City. The books are a mix of western and science fiction, and can be considered King's Lord of the Rings.
This is possibly one of the most quirky novels I have ever read. It is very sad Fran Ross only wrote Oreo, because when I finished I just wanted so much more to study. As far as I know, it is the only book written by an African American woman to come close to James Joyce's Ulysses. Ross's use of puns, semantic and word play adds incredible rhythmic depth to the humorous but tough character Oreo. The cultural satire still holds up today as some of the same racial issues it tackles continue to exist.
Absolutely, I had to read Don Quixote when I heard about the difficulties Terry Gilliam has faced to bring his vision of it to film. It also just happened to be a hilarious must-read classic, which, I actually didn't know much about before watching the documentary Lost in La Mancha (2002). Don Quixote is one of the first widely popular novels written in shorthand, making it a fairly straightforward read compared to a lot of the other great novels written in the 17th century. The story behind it being brought to film is just as quixotic as the tale itself.