Monday, August 21, 2017

TTT - 10 Books For The Study of Weird Things

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

OK, class is in session.  This class is for everybody who likes to embrace their weirdness every once in a while.  Here are some books which are definitely WEIRD - some in good ways, some in bad ways and some in ways altogether unique.







Here's a small piece of my original review which sums up this book's weirdness...and also STILL leaves me confused - "This book is about Diane, Jackie, Diane's son and a shapeshifter named Josh, a waitress in the local diner who is actually a tree, a man named Evan who walks around town appearing and disappearing and handing people pieces of paper with KING CITY written on it, 30-40 men named Troy (or actually the same man, just multiples of him), a tarantula, secret agents and exploding flamingo lawn decorations. "  
VERDICT - WEIRD IN A BAD WAY!

Stuart R. West has become one of my favorite horror authors.  "West's description of Hell itself, and of the hellhounds with human heads which show up toward the end, were spot on with what I associate with old-fashioned horror. If you like scary books, aren't afraid of a little blood and gore, and don't mind some comedic spins thrown in here and there, this books might just be worth your time. "
VERDICT - WEIRD IN A GOOD WAY!

Still unsure about this one.  "The mystery in this tale is pretty unsatisfying and I would be hesitant to classify it as such. To be honest, this book is pretty hard to classify in general. I'm not sure who to recommend it to but I'm sure fans of Lovecraft will be curious what it is all about and will find some worth in picking it up. I don't regret reading it because it's nice to read outside one's comfort zone, but I would never pick it up again. "
VERDICT - JUST PLAIN WEIRD!

I made it through the first 9 books and initially loved Anita Blake's character but the books just kept getting weirder and weirder.  I always planned to pick the series back up but now there are so many, I doubt it will ever happen.
VERDICT - WEIRD IN A "HOW MANY CREATURES CAN SHE HAVE SEX WITH?" WAY

This recent horror release didn't get much hype but I really liked it.  "There is also a lot of foul language in the book but that doesn't really bother me much - especially in a horror tale. However, I was really engrossed in finding out Mormama's purpose, learning all about the Ellis family, and discovering how this book could ever present me with a satisfying ending."  Guess what?  It did!
VERDICT - WEIRD IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY

Definitely a different kind of book.  "It's a mystery, but not really a mystery, it has a lot to say about stereotypes, but what does it really say, and on and on..."  It does have one of my favorite quotes ever though - "Kids are for people who can't have dogs!"
VERDICT - WEIRD IN A "I CAN'T REMEMBER READING THIS" WAY

All my regular readers know how much I love this extremely weird and extremely unique novella series linked to the Seven Deadly Sins.  Book 2 was one of my faves. "This book is as twisted and demented as the first one, and that's a good thing."
VERDICT - WEIRD IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE

"Insanity has escaped Jesus' hold on him and is causing havoc somewhere in 1978, all the while looking for the perfect sandwich makers. Several of God's servants/personalities, such as The Muse, Contradiction, Leviticus and Satan assist in locating him, and while doing so, unleash 3 of the 4 Horses of the Apocalypse."
VERDICT - JUST FLAT OUT WTF????

This book has managed to stick with me for years.  "The Library at Mount Char shows the reader how scary the world can be, but made me grateful that things haven't gotten as bad as it could yet. "  Maybe 2015 me was able to see the future.
VERDICT -WEIRD IN A BEAUTIFULLY MESSED UP WAY

I don't think I've read a Christopher Moore book I didn't like.  This is one of my favorites which really showcases the way his mind works.
WEIRD IN A NON-TRADITIONAL SORT OF WAY

CLASS DISMISSED 💫

35 comments:

  1. Ooh Nightvale good one! The podcast is definitely weird and I don't think the book would be for me, but I like the IDEA of the podcast. Lustlocked looks weird but fun? And the rest of these I don't know but they all look quirky!!

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    1. I really wanted to like the book but couldn't.

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  2. What a fun take on the topic! "The Library at Mount Char" is definitely one of the weirder books I've read too! I also read and liked "The Stupidest Angel." One of these days I'll read more of Christopher Moore's books.

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  3. I haven't read any of these! I'll have to check some of them out! Have a great week and happy reading!

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  4. Woah! Fun list!! These all certainly seem weird! I've been meaning to read The Library at Mount Char!

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    1. Definitely pick it up. But be prepared for some odd reading ahead.

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  5. i agree with you about Anita Blake. Every book was the same-screw as many shifters as possible and argue with Ronnie and Richard about all the same stuff again. I liked the first Matt Wallace book and plan to read the rest of the series when time allows. Weird but good! Nice take on the theme!

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    1. Thanks. I wanted a theme where I could feature some different books.

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  6. I love weird books. Well, most weird books. The Library at Mount Char was wonderful! I have read more than 9 of the Anita Blake series. I usually wanted them to hurry the sex scenes along and get back to fighting. What is strange is that the first 4 or so books have no sex.

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    1. I know. The series really took a turn. There is a used bookstore in town where the owner won't sell any of the series. He says it's his prerogative. Guess he has a point.

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  7. The title of The Stupidest Angel made me giggle. I've seen that book at bookstores, but I haven't read it yet. Now I want to change that, though.

    Here is our TTT

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  8. There are a few on here that I really fancy reading. And, although you maybe didn't love the book the cover for the Paul LaFarge book is really something.
    Lynn :D

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    1. The book was okay. I didn't hate it. It just wasn't one of my faves.

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  9. Lustlocked looks good. The only one on your list I've read is The Stupidest Angel. I ended up giving a copy to my daughter.

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  10. This is horrible but I have not read any of those books!!!

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    1. You need to start the Matt Wallace books - they're awesome.

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  11. I have heard a lot of good things about Welcome to Night Vale. I need to check it out.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it better than I did.

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  12. Yes, The Night Ocean was pretty weird, but in a way that worked surprisingly well for me! Despite its "weirdness", I like how it was still easy to follow the story.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I remembered how much you liked it when I was putting this list together :)

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  13. Oooh! I love weird books and all these sound awesome!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  14. I love me some good weirdness ! BUT this list is something else huh?? LOL and of course I had to go and add "The Library at Mount Char" since it stuck with you for years! You got me all intrigued with your 2015 self foreseeing the future! Now I NEED to know why you liked this book so much :)

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  15. This is such an interesting take on the topic! I wish I'd had longer to think of an idea, because there were so many possibilities for great picks.

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  16. A waitress who is also a tree? Yes, that definitely sounds weird lol. That one sounds like it's maybe trying too hard to be weird though. Demon with a Comb-Over and Lustlocked both sound fun. Lol about the Anita Blake verdict. And The End of the World is Rye def sounds very WTF?!

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  17. I recognize these books from following you. :) I really need to check out a few especially the Matt Wallace ones.

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  18. This is a different take, but an interesting list! I wonder what would make my weird list.

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  19. I really want to try the Night Vale book since I love the podcast! :)

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