William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) is the most influential writer in English history. Shakespeare has been called The Barb of Avon and England's national poet. There are 2 narrative poems, 154 sonnets and 38 plays in his collected works. He began work as an actor and writer in London first writing comedies and historic plays. He later wrote tragedies. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello are some of his more famous plays. The Tempest is a romantic drama about a duke who is ousted from his throne and banished, with his daughter, to an enchanted island. He releases some spellbound spirits who help him to undo his usurper.
This fantastic science fiction novel was originally published in China, and was then translated into English and won all sorts of awards. It switches between the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960s and the present day, where scientists are being killed off after playing a mysterious video game. Be prepared for the scariest alien invasion you've ever read about. It's also brilliantly written.