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Child Harold at the Zoo By Roy Anthony Shabla
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This is the coming-of-age story of a regular boy in an irregular world, the story of a divine boy in a mundane world. It is perfect reading for anyone trying to find a relationship with his own... More > family or anyone trying to find a place for himself in society. Very quirky and funny, very real and enchanting. Gives you hope about being in this crazy universe. There is no normal childhood, no normal family. And the blessing of living with oddity is that it grounds one's experience of the world. This book tells the story of a boy who observes his strange family, friends, and acquaintances with a non-judgmental and sometimes compassionate and appreciative eye. A must read for those struggling with issues of identity and individuality, especially teenagers or those in psychological therapy. A special delight for everyone. Multi-layered and resonant, this book will be enjoyed anew many times over.< Less
The Vegetable, or From President to Postman [A Whisky Priest Book] By F. Scott Fitzgerald
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NOT FOR SALE IN THE U.S. An oddity in F. Scott Fitzgerald's career, his play 'The Vegetable' was a satirical attack on the presidency of Warren Harding. An ordinary, incompetent man, taunted for his... More > lack of ambition by his family, realises his dream of ruling the United States of America. One biographer described it as "inspired by the pervasive stupidity, gross cronyism and rampant corruption [of the] administration of the philistine president". With appalling timing, the play was first staged just after Harding's sudden death, when the mood of national mourning meant that few were ready for a savage indictment of the dead president. It closed after one week. Bootleggers, political machinations, romance and a man on the run combine in this bizarre story from the side of of Fitzgerald which wrote 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'. Out of print for decades, The Vegetable is a strange and significant work by one of the Twentieth Century's greatest writers.< Less
Beyond the Seven Labyrinths By don webb
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"Don Webb's writing in the assorted, sordid, sauced and sauteed stories contained in BEYOND THE SEVEN LABYRINTHS (A RHINESTONE MANIFESTO) exhibits a kind of ultra-sanity, hyper-tactility and... More > para-wisdom found only in the utterly mad and visionary literary prophets of this world. The action in this volume traverses several dimensions never before charted; features characters stranger than your bachelor Uncle Quinn with the basement full of oddities; and leads to conclusions and climaxes more unforeseeable than next year's prices for ambergris, saffron and dancing girls. By some strange alchemy, Webb manages to channel both Harry Stephen Keeler AND Gene Wolfe, Mickey Spillane AND Robert Aickman. The lucky reader is in for the carnival ride of a lifetime, one that will surely leave him or her a barely sentient lump of satisfied protoplasm by the book's final pages." Paul Di Filippo (author of COSMOCOPIA)< Less
The Otio in Negotio By E W Farnsworth
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In ‘The Otio in Negotio’, E. W. Farnsworth has brought together another lively, intelligent collection of stories, focusing on the humor, romance and oddities of exceptionally active and... More > intelligent people in the contemporary world of business. As the title of the entire collection implies, these stories are highly allusive and full of hidden puzzles and games meant to pique the reader's attention. Names are significant. Allusions enrich the narratives. The scope of business is global, and many business plans resemble those of top startup companies in today's financial headlines. The fun in these stories is tempered by the constraints and challenges of business. Farnsworth's CEOs are human and infallible. Sometimes love finds a way, and sometimes it is cruelly eliminated from the personal equation. Where business triumphs, so does the human spirit. When satire chastens, the biters are bitten. A seasoned editor described lead story 'TwinLions' as "Breathtakingly new ... I've read nothing remotely like it."< Less
Levitical Day By Wren Blackberry
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Book 2, The Metrico Mesh Youth Fictionages 10-14 What can travel through cement walls, fly into your nose, and grow from a tiny dot into a mass that spreads across acres? Whatever it is, time is... More > short. Some rules seem awfully fussy: don't run with scissors, tuck your leggings into your boots. But what about one like remove infected stones? Or burn moldy clothes? On this day, crazy rules become more sensible to Jacquie Metrico. They were the key to keeping her friends alive. Join Jacquie and Jeff in the second story of the Metrico Mesh series, discovering absurd logic and scientific oddities in the world around us. 116 pages.< Less
The Wisdom Walkers By Corina Roberts
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Mikki and Luz are on their way to meet each other for the first time. Their parents met by accident thirty years earlier on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Mikki is a native of the... More > Americas and Luz is from present-day France. Mikki has no family and a history of broken relationships. Luz has parents and a son but no husband. Both are respected, but thought of as oddities amongst their communities. And both are horsewomen. Mikki will travel across land with her companion, Pony, a well-known horse wrangler. Luz will make her voyage by sea, and bring along a selection of her own horses. Both women are concerned with an environment that they perceive as changing. But it is about to change more than they could ever imagine. They will be the last generation to walk the earth before the eruption of the Toba volcano radically alters the face of the planet, and forces the human race to the brink of extinction.< Less
Orlando By Virginia Woolf
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Published by Hogarth Press in 1928, Orlando is at once an oddity, an indulgence, but also a slice of genius. The novel – because despite masquerading as a biography, it is a work of narrative... More > fiction – tells the unlikely, impossible story of Orlando through his years as a male member of the Elizabethan Court, an affair with a Russian Princess, a subdued period of contemplation during the reign of James 1, his time as an ambassador in Constantinople and the sudden transformation into a woman. Not content with such a plot twist Woolf allows her character to live on through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, using the journey to trace the female place in society while allowing Orlando the freedom to seduce, be seduced and to love in equal measure. After 80,000 words, Woolf leaves her heroine in the England of 1928 having completed a poem, The Oak Tree, that had been started some four centuries earlier.< Less
Clock Girl By E.C. Polster
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The city of Elegy has been devastated by an apocolyptic disease, and now stands like a graveyard in the midst of rolling moors. But the clock tower is not broken, not lifeless, not yet: It is... More > operated by the city's one last survivor, Alumina Spires, who lives behind the numbers and dreads the city below, dreaming about a new life. When Mina leaves the clock at last, she is spirited away into a world of "others"--those who are neither alive nor dead, and certainly not human. Manned with a bag of Twizzlers and a fake fairy wand, Mina is met with a hodgepodge of oddities--the mechanical spider-backed Monk, a hunger artist, an imp named Pip, the elusive fée, and the ominous Richelieu. All ghosts and shadows who have roamed the city for ages but have only just emerged to Mina's attention, they paint a picture of morbidity and despair in her mind--Where did they come from? Who are they?< Less
The Tragic Muse By Henry James
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Originally serialised in the Atlantic Monthly between 1889 and 1890, before being published in book form later in the year, The Tragic Muse was James' last full novel before his doomed foray into... More > writing for the stage. The plot also hinges on dramatic leanings, with Miriam Rooth, a young and by all accounts extremely raw actress, providing the love interest for one of the other leads in Peter Sherringham, a high flyer in the British Diplomatic Service. Other characters include, Nick Dormer, a politician who'd prefer to be an artist and his partner Julia Darrow who prefers him in the House of Commons. There are in fact at least fifty named characters in The Tragic Muse and a plot to carry them through, making the novel an oddity in the James portfolio. In truth it reads more like a typically Victorian novel from authors like Dickens or Thackaray, rather than the pared down character studies that James would perfect towards the end of his career.< Less
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
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Since its publication in 1842, Dead Souls has been celebrated as a supremely realistic portrait of provincial Russian life and as a splendidly exaggerated tale; as a paean to the Russian spirit and... More > as a remorseless satire of imperial Russian venality, vulgarity, and pomp. As Gogol's wily antihero, Chichikov, combs the back country wheeling and dealing for "dead souls"--deceased serfs who still represent money to anyone sharp enough to trade in them--we are introduced to a Dickensian cast of peasants, landowners, and conniving petty officials, few of whom can resist the seductive illogic of Chichikov's proposition. This lively, idiomatic English version by the award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky makes accessible the full extent of the novel's lyricism, sulphurous humor, and delight in human oddity and error.< Less

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