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Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities (edition 2007)

by Russell Ash, Brian Lake

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Title:Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities
Authors:Russell Ash
Other authors:Brian Lake
Info:Harper Perennial (2007), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library, 0, Gelezen, Books about Books
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Probably not a book that you intend to read through in one sitting. And I didn't, but I did read it quicker than I might have planned - I think it's more of a book you dip in and out of.

The book is organized by chapter and many of the entries are just the name of the book, the author, the publisher and the date published. Sometimes there will be a picture of the cover or some other illustration in the book.

Sometimes there will be a quote, a blurb from the cover or something from the introduction. It's organized by chapter: Double Entendre titles, authors, sport, leisure, food & drink, etc. There is a also a section in the back entitled Remarkable Names of Real Authors.

So, there was a lot of rather juvenile and non-PC stuff in the book - making fun of author's names for example.

There were some things that made me laugh out loud - here are a few examples:

From Language:
Correct Mispronunciations of Some South Carolina Names

From Health & Medicine:
The Romance of Proctology
Memoirs of an Amnesiac
How to Get More Fun Out of Smoking

From Transport & Tourism:
The Little I Saw of Cuba
How To Abandon Ship (NOW with 40 more pages of NEW material)

From Death:
The Beginner's Guide for the Recently Deceased. A comprehensive guide to the only inevitable destination.
Premature burial and how it may be prevented. ( )
  LisaMorr | Jan 27, 2016 |
This compilation of some of the weirdest titles, topics, etc, makes for a quick read. There are several in here that had me laugh and guffaw, sometimes in disbelief, though not all. Sometimes, the author's editorial comments on the books in the list are the funniest parts of all!

I don't think you could make this stuff up! ( )
  jessibud2 | Mar 22, 2014 |
Pretty funny, but marred by their inclusion of dissertation titles. It's clueless, first of all, to list things published in Ann Arbor as books (dead giveaway: it's where diss. microfilm made/published), it's another thing not to realize that diss. titles tend to the weird, esoteric, and punny. It's almost a generic expectation. ( )
  karl.steel | Apr 2, 2013 |
a compilation of bizarre, unusual, or just funny titles and authors of actual books. Some of these books have appeared in other collections (and I think I have one or two) but this is a collection of the authors' choices as the best. I know I'd love to have a couple of these on my shelves just for the whiplash factor! ( )
  Murphy-Jacobs | Mar 30, 2013 |
"Bizarre Books" is a listing of books with odd titles and authors with odd names. It was originally published in Great Britain under the title "Fish Who Answer the Telephone," which I think is a better title.

This book might be more fun than just about any party game you might think of -- just sit around a room and read book titles like "Old Age: Its Cause and Prevention," "The Romance of Proctology" and "How to Get Fat."

Some of these titles, I'm sure, were intentionally funny. When Oscar Levant called his book "Memoirs of an Amnesiac" back in 1965, you can be certain he knew what he was doing. Much funnier are those titles that were probably concocted in all innocence: "Suggestive Thoughts for Busy Workers," published in 1883 by the Bible Christian Book Room; "The Gay Boys of Old Yale!," published in 1869; and "Shag the Pony," published by the Catholic Truth Society in 1952.

Whether intentionally funny or not, many titles are just plain odd: "Queen Victoria and Ping-pong," "The Supernatural History of Worms," "You Can Make a Stradivarius Violin," "Frolic and Fun with Egg-Shells," "Ice Cream for Small Plants," "Catching a Cannon Ball," "Hand Grenade Throwing as a College Sport," "Becoming a Sensuous Catechist" and "A Million Random Digits." The latter book consists of nothing but a million random digits.

Authors' names can also be fun. "The Ethics of Peace and War" was written by someone named I. Atack. Robin Banks wrote "Punishment" and Geoff Carless wrote "Motorcycling for Beginners." There have also been authors named Thomas Strangeways Pigg-Strangeways, Cornelius Crocus, Joy Muchmore Lacey, Lettice May Crump and Francis M. Fillerup.

This paperback, published in the United States in 2007, also includes many book covers and other illustrations, plus a few book excerpts, many of which are as funny as the titles. A 1933 book called "What's Wanted -- A List of 895 Needed Inventions" calls for someone to invent lipstick-proof linen, a bullet-proof stroboscope and "improvements in deckchairs whereby the user can sit sideways." Where was Thomas Edison when they needed him? ( )
2 vote hardlyhardy | Jul 21, 2012 |
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The index to Bizarre books by Russell Ash and Brian
Lake (Macmillan, 198S), a compilation of peculiar book titles, is headed 'Bizarre index', and lives up to its name indeed with such entries as:

Ants, Psychic Power of
Ear Rims, Hairy
Earthworm, Harnessed
Elastic Webbing Since the Dawn of
Time, The History and Romance of
Embroidery, Who's Who in Australian
God, Cooking With
Goldfish, Eighteenth-century Chinese
Hipbones, Self-Revolving
Holes in Bread, The Romance of
House, Eat Your
Peanut, How to Eat a
Suet Pudding, The Fangs of
Telephone-answering Fish
Walk, How to

—oh, to deal always with such headings!
added by KayCliff | editThe Indexer, Hazel Bell (Apr 1, 1987)
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061346659, Paperback)

They say you can't judge a book by its cover—but its title can tell you more than you ever needed to know!

Amazing, illuminating, and gut-bustingly funny, Bizarre Books is the wonderfully twisted product of more than two decades of determined searching in forgotten corners of out-of-the-way libraries and through the literary detritus of eclectic private collections. It is certain to delight every true fan of trivia and the patently absurd.

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A compilation of unusual book titles, subtitles, author names, book jackets, and book descriptions ranging from such works as"Little-Known Sisters of Well-Known Men" to "How to Write While You Sleep" and "Woodcarving with a Chainsaw."

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