Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis
For a start he also wrote one of my favorite comic series "Transmetropolitan"
If you prefer the more fun things in life (s&m, foot fetishes
) some very interesting characters
A private detective story which dumps the classic noir feel for a distinctively modern tale of a trek through the disturbing, depraved and perverted side of American life. From Godzilla bukkake fetishists to garrotted cow udder-sucking, Detective Michael McGill's quest to track down a very dangerous book leads him to witness (and unwillingly partake in) a whole host of bizarre activities taking place behind white picket fences. Consistently funny and scary, Warren Ellis' debut novel is bursting with energy and deserves to become a cult classic.
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
The odd numbered chapters take place in the 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland,' where the narrator is a "Calcutec," a human data processor/encryption system who uses the unique characteristics of his mind as the encryption key. The Calcutecs — perhaps short for Calculating Technician — work for the quasi-governmental System, as opposed to the criminal Semiotecs who work for the Factory and who are generally fallen Calcutecs. The relationship between the two groups is simple: the System protects data while the Semiotecs steal it, although later in the novel it is revealed that they may be two branches of a single institution. The narrator completes work for a mysterious scientist, who is exploring "sound reduction." He works within a laboratory protected by a series of labyrinths within an anachronistic version of Tokyo's sewer system.
The other set of chapters deals with a newcomer to a strange, walled-off town far away from other civilization — it is depicted in a map as being surrounded by forest — and called 'the End of the World.' The character, in the process of being accepted into the village, has his shadow "cut off." He becomes the resident "dreamreader" and goes to the Library every evening to read dreams from the skulls of the unicorns that live in the city with the help of the Librarian.
The two storylines eventually merge to tell a single story, exploring the concept of double consciousness, in this case "two cognitive systems existing within the same person."
stole this of wikipedia just seemed a lot easer then me having to describe it. Haruki Murakami is one of my fav authors, i recommend any of his books, well all the ones that i have read, this was the first one i ever read and will remember for a long time to come.