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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, Gelezen, Books about Books
Rating:***1/2
Tags:nonfiction, boeken over boeken

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Bizarre Books: A Compendium of Classic Oddities by Russell Ash

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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 |
This book is hilarious! Even though it's just a listing of odd titles encountered by Russell Ash and Brian Lake, there are a few titles that a collector may want to get.

Longer review: Lifelong Dewey ( )
  NielsenGW | Dec 31, 2011 |
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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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