Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A Catch-22 is "a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions". (Thank you, Google)  The book is about a number of these situations that occur in the army during a war, centering around a schmuck called Yossarian, who wants to get out but can't because …

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Lud-In-The-Mist – Hope Mirrlees

I’d actually never heard of this one before, and came across it randomly from a more hard-core fantasy fan than me. It’s a novel from the 1920’s by a contemporary of Virginia Woolf who amusingly referred to the author as “prickly and perverse…rather conspicuously well dressed” and whom Neil Gaiman champions as a lost author …

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