Strange Books that are also worth reading

angry clamRecently I’ve been stumbling into an inordinate amount of books that simply make me say “What in that world?” I like strange books.

These aren’t necessarily books that I like or dislike, although I should say that I no longer choose to finish books that I don’t like after a certain point. No, they’re just strange books.

The highest compliment I know how to pay to an author is usually “It could only have come from the mind of______”

So in honor of some of the recent weirdness, I’m going to try to make a list of the strangest books I can think of, past and present, and rattle them off without looking any more up on the Webz.

So…

  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurne Sterne
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (I absolutely love this one)
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z.  Danielewski
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • House of Stairs by William Sleator
  • We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • His Monkey Wife by John Collier
  • The Angry Clam by Erik Quisling (actually the entire Tiny Giants trilogy is great–Quisling actually sent me signed copies after reading my review of the angry clam book over on WSL)
  • The Raw Shark Text by Steven Hall
  • Black Hole by Charles Burns
  • The Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
  • Hell’s Half Acre by Will Christopher Baer
  • At The Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft
  • The Trial by Kafka (actually, everything by Kafka)
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (both my favorite and least favorite book, next to A Confederacy of Dunces, which is simply my favorite)
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
  • The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
  • The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck by…Can’t remember
  • Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

Actually, I take back my earlier ambivalent statement: I like all of these books, and I flat out love most of them.

But that’s all I’ve got off the top of my head. Your turn dunce army.

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