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Old 07-26-2007, 07:48 AM
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Christopher Moore's off-beat and veery weird books come to mind. They're as far from the regimented, scholarly Tolkien as you can get. At least one quotable weird sentence per two pages.

Practical Demonkeeping

The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

The Stupidest Angel

Bloodsucking Fiends


and others.



T.H. White's The Once and Future King is superb King Arthur. Read The Sword in the Stone, if you can -- the independent publication is VERY different from the chapter that appears in TOaFK, and worlds away from the Disney version supposed o be based on it. Also read The Book of Merlin, the last book in the series that was excised from TOaFK.




A lot of Fredric Brown's short stories. And Robert Sheckley's


And J. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's Tales from Gavagan's Bar


I believe de Camp's Compleat Enchanter has been mentioned. Christopher Stashieff has added to the saga, and Stashieff's own stuff is worth reading, too.


Esther Friesner's many fantasies.