October 11th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Was wondering if there were any good books that follow psycho- or sociopathic characters, without trying to make the reader feel disgusted with the character.
And prefferably not through the view of a detective or alike.
(Note: Not scientific books of what traits mark a psycho- or socipaths, have no interest in those.)
October 11th, 2010, 10:13 PM
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell (won tons of prizes including the Prix Goncourt since it was originally published in French in 2006); my top book of the 00-09 decade so far
Originally Posted by Aphantos
October 12th, 2010, 12:58 AM
American Psycho is right up there.
October 12th, 2010, 11:07 AM
A chuffing heffalump
Not sure if it's exactly what you are looking for but Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman follows the struggle of an 'evil genius' as he tried to take over the world.
October 13th, 2010, 06:18 PM
I am Not a Serial Killer was a fun read.
October 15th, 2010, 01:43 AM
Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to check them out
October 15th, 2010, 10:21 AM
Life's a riddle
Also highly recommended and very much in sync with your requirements:
Stone, by Adam Roberts.
October 16th, 2010, 03:10 PM
The Black Dahlia Elmore Leonard
The Final Programme Michael Moorcock
Most of JG Ballard's lead characters
Blood Meridien Cormac McCarthy
TV and film are particularly good for this sort of thing:
Dexter (the TV series) Dexter
The Sopranos (TV) Tony Soprano and others
The Wire (TV) various characters
Deadwood (TV) Ian McShane et al
Taxi Driver (film) Travis Bickle
No Country for Old Men
Last edited by Hitmouse; October 16th, 2010 at 03:17 PM.
October 17th, 2010, 01:10 AM
It never entered my mind
The Third Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders is one of my favorites. It has the POV of a serial killer, alternating with the one of the detective.
October 29th, 2010, 01:24 AM
Perfect example, didn't care for the book but it is what you are looking for.
Originally Posted by Barefoot
October 29th, 2010, 09:22 AM
On time and sober!
The best book from the point of view of a sociopath that I've ever read was definitely The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. It's first person and you really get inside the head of a messed-up youth who believes he can prophesy the future by torturing insects. And that's just the tip of the iceberg with this kid's delusions. The book really moves and I couldn't put it down.
October 30th, 2010, 09:15 AM
Not Leonard. It's by James Ellroy.
Originally Posted by Hitmouse
The novel by Cormac McCarthy is excellent.
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson
Finishing Touches by Thomas Tessier
The Face that Must Die by Ramsey Campbell
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
(As I recall, the last three have fairly extensive sections told from the point of view of the psycho-/sociopath.)
Last edited by Randy M.; October 30th, 2010 at 11:39 AM.
November 8th, 2010, 03:04 AM
I second that. The story's quite disturbing at times, yet really moving too. It's really one of a kind.
Originally Posted by BreakLater
November 8th, 2010, 05:35 AM
It never entered my mind
I'm surprised nobody mentioned yet The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and its sequels by Stieg Larsson.
It features one of the most interesting functional paranoid / anti-social heroines I've read about, and in the first book a serial killer that I will not spoil the identity of.
November 10th, 2010, 08:13 AM
Two books that immediately come to my mind, both excellent in my view, are Theodore Sturgeon's 'Some of Your Blood' and Adrian Mitchell's 'The Bodyguard'.