MY APETITE IS RAPACIOUS AND STUFF
So what is the single best book you've ever read? Your number one favourite. No cheating. Name a single book that blew your mind like no other book has blown it.
River God by Wilbur Smith
Its about an ancient egyptian slave called Taita. The book is an incredible piece of work and is the only one to actually make me choke back tears. Its brutal and violent, but very heartfelt as well. The cool thing about this one is that I really didnt know anything about ancient egypt and yet by the end I had such an incredibly vivid idea of it. Smith's imagery is powerful, but it does not in the slightest get bogged down in its own splendor, as so many other writers tend to.
Personally its also an important landmark to me, because it was really the first grown up book I've ever read. I was content with the likes of his dark materials and artemis fowl, and then BAM I pick this **** up with its torture and rape and war and after I finished young adult books lost their shiny. I still remember when warlock came out they advertised it on tv and I was like holy ****, a book on tv? I have to read it. But the library was out and I had to make do with the prequel, River God, which is vastly superior anyhow. Warlock is pretty good though as well. I've read it every couple of years since and
After I finished River God we were reading an alex rider book at school and it just seemed pathetic in comparison. To this day I havent found a book that grabbed me like River God does.