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Recommend me books with a twist (with a twist)

I'm interested in reading some books with good plot twists and would love some recommendations.

BUT WAIT THERE'S A TWIST

Knowing that a twist is coming can inhibit its effectiveness, so I also want some recommendations in this thread that do not have twists. This means that I or anyone else consulting this thread for recommendations won't necessarily know if the given book we've chosen has a twist or not, which helps keep us on our toes.

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  1. wervenyt
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    Joseph Heller's Catch-22 For a twist on your twist, I'm not even sure whether this one has a twist.

    Joseph Heller's Catch-22

    For a twist on your twist, I'm not even sure whether this one has a twist.

    8 votes
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    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    a few of my favorite sci-fi books: Arthur C. Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game Robert A. Heinlein - Double Star as requested, some have major plot twists and some...

    a few of my favorite sci-fi books:

    Arthur C. Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama

    Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game

    Robert A. Heinlein - Double Star

    as requested, some have major plot twists and some don't.

    all of them have that feeling when you're reading them the first time that there might be a big plot twist or reveal, lurking just around the corner.

    8 votes
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      vord
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      I'll toss one out for Heinlein's Moon Is A Harsh Mistress as well. It's a much better take on Libertarian-esq philosophies than Rand's. And there's a lot of good ideas and a fun story to boot.

      I'll toss one out for Heinlein's Moon Is A Harsh Mistress as well.

      It's a much better take on Libertarian-esq philosophies than Rand's. And there's a lot of good ideas and a fun story to boot.

      5 votes
      1. TemulentTeatotaler
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        I think Heinlein's writing career could be included in the thread? I have never had more whiplash than reading different-aged Heinlein books...

        I think Heinlein's writing career could be included in the thread? I have never had more whiplash than reading different-aged Heinlein books...

        5 votes
  3. vord
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    Steven King - The Dark Tower series It's the best possible way to introduce yourself to King, and it highlights how King isn't just some prolific pop writer....he's also got deep literary chops as...

    Steven King - The Dark Tower series

    It's the best possible way to introduce yourself to King, and it highlights how King isn't just some prolific pop writer....he's also got deep literary chops as well.

    For any embarking on the journey for the first time, or constant readers being triggered into another re-read, I highly reccommend pairing your reading with the Kingslingers podcast. I learned more about literary analysis from 2 of the books covered than I had all the way through college.

    Also, I request any of you starting to take a mandatory 6 month break between finishing "The Wastelands" and starting "Wizard and Glass." If that's painful, pour one out for all of us whom waited 6 years.

    5 votes
  4. spiffytech
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    I just finished Project Hail Mary, by the author of The Martian. Hard-ish sci-fi. Good stuff. I've also been enjoying the (not yet finished) fantasy series, Spells, Swords, and Stealth ("What if...

    I just finished Project Hail Mary, by the author of The Martian. Hard-ish sci-fi. Good stuff.

    I've also been enjoying the (not yet finished) fantasy series, Spells, Swords, and Stealth ("What if the NPCs in our games were real people in a real world?").

    4 votes
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    lynxy
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    If you've not read any of the Culture series by Iain Banks I highly recommend 'Use Of Weapons'. The rest of the books are fantastic, though as the series is sort of anthological (or at least, not...

    If you've not read any of the Culture series by Iain Banks I highly recommend 'Use Of Weapons'. The rest of the books are fantastic, though as the series is sort of anthological (or at least, not chronological in a strict sense), they're not necessary to grok this one.

    4 votes
    1. spctrvl
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      I'd also recommend The Player of Games from the culture series.

      I'd also recommend The Player of Games from the culture series.

      2 votes
  6. Adys
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    The Phone Book by British Telecom The official Highway Code, by the Driving Standards Agency One has twists and turns, the other one doesn’t. I will not tell you which is which and yes, I’ll mark...
    • The Phone Book by British Telecom
    • The official Highway Code, by the Driving Standards Agency

    One has twists and turns, the other one doesn’t. I will not tell you which is which and yes, I’ll mark myself off topic already fine you killjoy 😑

    Okay just so this reply isn’t completely useless I want to actually recommend one nonfiction: The Dictator’s Handbook. You’d think nonfiction wouldn’t have twists and yet, this one might or might not. It’s a genuine recommendation either way.

    4 votes
  7. lou
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    The Man Who Folded Himself. Edit: I feel that saying anything about it defeats the purpose...

    The Man Who Folded Himself.

    Edit: I feel that saying anything about it defeats the purpose...

    3 votes
  8. TemulentTeatotaler
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    Fingersmith The Contortionist's Handbook -- I can neither confirm nor deny whether this is about contortionists and apologize if there has been too much man folding in this thread already The...

    Fingersmith
    The Contortionist's Handbook -- I can neither confirm nor deny whether this is about contortionists and apologize if there has been too much man folding in this thread already
    The Broom of the System
    Exhalation: Stories -- a collection by Ted Chiang
    Something Like an Autobiography

    3 votes
  9. krg
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    Pynchon's Inherent Vice doesn't necessarily have one "gotcha!" twist that's revealed near the end... but it's definitely a tangled mess of twists and turns. ... which kinda describes Pynchon in...

    Pynchon's Inherent Vice doesn't necessarily have one "gotcha!" twist that's revealed near the end... but it's definitely a tangled mess of twists and turns. ... which kinda describes Pynchon in general, now that I think about it.

    3 votes
  10. HotPants
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    The Westing Game is who dunnit you might like. My favorite ending is from a movie, Inside Man.

    The Westing Game is who dunnit you might like.

    My favorite ending is from a movie, Inside Man.

    3 votes
  11. ras
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    The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I'll let you decide if it has a twist or not.

    The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I'll let you decide if it has a twist or not.

    1 vote
  12. eladnarra
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    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

    1 vote