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Tentacle Monster 05-22-2004 11:52 AM

Speaking of Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs And All is weird and wonderful. You'll never look at a can o' beans the same way. Still Life With Woodpecker is pretty good, too.

Oh, yeah, the classic Portnoy's Complaint. Some people identify with the main character in The Catcher In The Rye. I identify with Portnoy.

How about weird comics? Like anything by Michael Kupperman. the Excel Saga manga, The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Zap Comics and the like.

Lobsang 05-22-2004 12:06 PM

I got Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas yesterday. Read it in bed. Couldn't put it down. Lost a complete night of sleep. Bastard.

Is the other one (Fear and Loathing on the Campain Trail) as good? Is it also about excessive drug use?

Syntropy 05-22-2004 12:39 PM

Yes, and yes. Hunter continues pretty much where he left off, following on the campaign trail of McGovern. He does a great job of showing just what goes on behind the scenes, the manipulation and how the candidates are presented to the media and the country. I loved it. What's scaring me is how history has such a nasty habit of repeating.....

Gail 05-22-2004 12:40 PM

Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey is very nothing else I've ever read.

Also, last weekend I read Neil Gaiman's Coraline ---that's a "children's book" but it's weird and scary.

Ross 05-26-2004 02:26 PM

You sick little monkeys may enjoy the following:

13 Steps to Mentalism, reputedly the best of its kind. Straightforward magician's-magician guide to all kinds of mindreading tricks.

The Full Facts Books of Cold Reading, a vast and comprehensive guide to making people think you've guessed their birthday. That sort of thing. Fascinating. Randi-endorsed. Not to be used to take over the world, or Randi will be onto you like a whippet on a bunny.

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