Do Not Read "Gravity's Rainbow"
I'd heard annoying, goateed pseudo-intellectuals (who doesn't dislike those jackholes?) raving about it since college, and now I've finally finished Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow". Wow. What a steaming pile off crap that was -- complicated for the sake of complexity, filled with pretentiousness and unneeded fetish sex, it really sets the standard for post-modern craptacularity. Don't read it, and if anyone ever claims to have liked it, punch them in the back of the head.
Just a friendly warning.