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Old 05-18-2004, 07:17 PM
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what are your favorite weird books?


The title says it all. I'm talking about great, weird, fringe-y books like "High Weirdness by Mail," "Steal this book," "Principia Dischordia," "Trance Formation," "Coffee, Tea, or Me", "Apocalypse Culture" one and two, and more.

Those are mine.
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Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Fear & Loathing On The Campaign Trail '72
The Curse Of Lono


All by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


The Crime Studio by Steve Aylett

The Book Of Weird By Barbara Byfield
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[I]Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

Bought.


(I can't believe it never occured to me to buy that book. I loved the film)
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In addition to the Principia Discordia, I like the Illuminatus! Trilogy and The Book of the SubGenius, and Three-Fisted Tales of "Bob", another SubGenius book including contributions from such luminaries as Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Anton Wilson, and William Burroughs. I'd like to read High Weirdness By Mail or Revelation X as well, but I haven't gotten around to it.
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Does Lizard Music count for anything?
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I have Apocalypse Culture although I can't say it's my favorite. I don't like the attitude that author/editor Adam Parfrey seems to project and I think he's a poor writer.

I also have Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century , and even though author Greil Marcus's writing style will give you a headache and I disagree with about 80% of what he says, I like the book. I learned a lot from it anyway.

Then there is Hitler: The Occult Messiah by Gerald Suster, who claims Hitler was a black magician whose rise to power was caused by the demons he unleashed. Uh, yeah, right....but still an interesting reading even if you believe it's a load of BS. One of the more bizarre Hitler bios.
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Of course! As does The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, which I consider a work of comedic genius. It works on several levels, and if you read it every few years (I started in 5th grade) you pick up on something new every time. Of course, pretty much any of Daniel Pinkwater's books are wonderfully weird -- don't let the "young adult" label scare you off.

I'd also recommend anything by R. A. Lafferty. You pretty much have to take a fan's word on it, because there is absolutely no way to describe his writing. Harlan Ellison once affectionately dubbed him a "madman," and that's about right.
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Of course! As does The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death
Wow, I havn't thought of that book in years. My mom used to work for the public library and I was the test case on all sorts of new books. This was one of them. One of my favorites too.

I would say anything by Robert Anton Wilson would fall into this category. The Shroedinger's Cat Trilogy is probably my favorite.
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I'd also recommend anything by R. A. Lafferty. You pretty much have to take a fan's word on it, because there is absolutely no way to describe his writing. Harlan Ellison once affectionately dubbed him a "madman," and that's about right.

The book that sprang to mind when I read the thread title was Not to Mention Camels. Wonderful book. I think it broke my brain.

And Calvino rocks.
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Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Crap. That's the first thing that came to mind. I thought the film adaptation was pretty good as well.

I have yet to read the Campaign trail one, but I sensed bits of it in "Where the Buffalo Roam"

Does "Hell's Angels" have the same wierdness?
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Crap. That's the first thing that came to mind. I thought the film adaptation was pretty good as well.

I have yet to read the Campaign trail one, but I sensed bits of it in "Where the Buffalo Roam"

Does "Hell's Angels" have the same wierdness?
Hell's Angels has an edge to it, but it falls slightly short of weird. Good, though.
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Steve Rogers' Samauri Cat Goes to Hell is very bizarre. Think enormous nazi Tyrannosaurs chasing after Alice in Wonderland characters while Satan wears pink panties.

It's also incredibly funny.
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I have a lot of these books -- von Daniken, Robert Anton Wilson (my favorite is "Prometheus Rising"), the Subgenius books, a bunch of Lem, Philip K. Dick and Italo Calvino (I like "The Cloven Viscount" personally). The Subgenius ones are amongst my favorite, and I kept the "Book of the Subgenius" in the bathroom for a long time (it is a perfect bathroom read...). "High Weirdness By Mail" was fun in its day, but now with the interweb, all of those guys are a dime a dozen and it has become a lot less interesting.

Here are some nominees for my favorite fringe literature, though:
"Uri" by Andrija Puharich. A biography of Uri Geller written by this dude who traveled with him. It is totally wacked out -- space aliens, faith healings, crazy stuff. All written as true and in a biography style.

"Image of the Beast" and "Blown" by Philip Jose Farmer -- two snuff space alien vampire porn mystery books by a pretty well known sci-fi writer (even though I don't really like his other stuff that much)

Anybody ever read "Stand on Zanzibar" and "The Sheep Look Up" by John Brunner? They are great prophetic underrated set of sci-fi books. Rate up there on my underrated sci-fi with Julian May's Pliocene series.

And the most famous weird book, that everybody should try to get through at least once:
"Gravity's Rainbow" by Pynchon of course and the companion guide. Don't try it without the companion guide. It is famous enough that it probably is out of the league of most of the books in this thread, but this book has it all -- psychics battling giant adenoids consuming London, an intelligent octopus, Malcom X, Kabbalah, coprophagia, rocket science, and a backhand commentary on US society in the 1960s.

Another weird book that doesn't really qualify for the thread but is a helluvan interesting read is "FM 21-76: The US Army Survival Manual." It is nice to be told how to kill a woodchuck (chase it until it turns to defend itself, don't stop running and kick it as hard as possible) or make African bird traps or seawater stills.
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