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Old 14-03-2013, 18:42
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In my case it has to be "The Third Policeman" by Flann O'Brien. It is more impenetrable than James Joyce at his nost impenetrable! It features policeman who talk about little but bicycles - including the suggestion that a man might turn into a bicycle (or a bicycle into a man) if the one rides the other often enough and that one or two of the bicycles outside the police station might indeed be former people who can still apparently move around of their own free will.

One policeman has a wooden chest which has an identical wooden chest in it which has another identical chest in that and so on apparently unto infinity.

Much of the book is taken up with the narrator's quest for a murdered man's cash box - though the murdered man turns up again at one point and has a conversation with the narrator. I wouldn't even like to guess what the ending means or whether the narrator (or one or two of the other characters) are even dead or alive.

It's apparently all to do with time and some all-powerful element (omnium), but if you were to ask me what happened in the book, I haven't got a Scooby.

That's a week of my life I'll never get back!
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Old 14-03-2013, 22:29
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John Dies at the End - David Wong. John and his best mate, David discover a drug called Soy Sauce which allows them to see into an alternate reality. It sounds mental, and it is but until this thread I'd forgotten what a wonderfully funny book it is. Might be time for a re read.
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Old 15-03-2013, 08:59
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John Dies at the End - David Wong. John and his best mate, David discover a drug called Soy Sauce which allows them to see into an alternate reality. It sounds mental, and it is but until this thread I'd forgotten what a wonderfully funny book it is. Might be time for a re read.
Great book! The film adaptation is out soon. The sequel book 'This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously Dude Don't Touch It ' is pretty odd too.

The Robert Anton Wilson 'Illuminatus!' Trilogy is probably the strangest series of books I've ever read. Very good though!
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Old 15-03-2013, 09:15
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In my case it has to be "The Third Policeman" by Flann O'Brien. It is more impenetrable than James Joyce at his nost impenetrable! It features policeman who talk about little but bicycles - including the suggestion that a man might turn into a bicycle (or a bicycle into a man) if the one rides the other often enough and that one or two of the bicycles outside the police station might indeed be former people who can still apparently move around of their own free will.

One policeman has a wooden chest which has an identical wooden chest in it which has another identical chest in that and so on apparently unto infinity.

Much of the book is taken up with the narrator's quest for a murdered man's cash box - though the murdered man turns up again at one point and has a conversation with the narrator. I wouldn't even like to guess what the ending means or whether the narrator (or one or two of the other characters) are even dead or alive.

It's apparently all to do with time and some all-powerful element (omnium), but if you were to ask me what happened in the book, I haven't got a Scooby.

That's a week of my life I'll never get back!
a quote from this about the policeman being half policeman and half bike via molecular interaction was in one of my chemistry textbooks
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Old 15-03-2013, 11:04
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The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. A very odd, ethereal novel about an acclaimed pianist visiting a town in Germany to give a speech and a recital. he seems to have a lot of history with the place which he himself cannot recall. Time and location blur in a dream-like way and he almost seems to be able to read other people's thoughts at times.

I found it very strange but compelling at the same time and it's one of those books that keeps rearing its head in my thoughts.
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Old 15-03-2013, 11:17
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Limbo 90 by Bernard Woolfe.

weird mix of voluntary all 4 limbs amputation, lobotomy, and cybernetics.
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Old 15-03-2013, 17:38
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a quote from this about the policeman being half policeman and half bike via molecular interaction was in one of my chemistry textbooks
You're more likely to "get" this book if you know chemistry. As I understand it, it's a kind of satire on physical and chemical principles (particularly time, spatial dimensions and Heisenberg) and supposedly very funny if you know about that stuff - alas it's way above my head!
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Old 15-03-2013, 22:05
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The Road. It was so grim and appalling, just went beyond what a book should be, entertainment. Couldnt see the point of writing or reading such a grim book.
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Old 16-03-2013, 00:13
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Dhalgren - Samuel Delaney
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Old 16-03-2013, 07:45
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You're more likely to "get" this book if you know chemistry. As I understand it, it's a kind of satire on physical and chemical principles (particularly time, spatial dimensions and Heisenberg) and supposedly very funny if you know about that stuff - alas it's way above my head!
you're not exactly selling it very well
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Old 16-03-2013, 08:03
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you're not exactly selling it very well
I'm not trying to recommend it! Just calling it as I see it. There are many ways you could more enjoyably spend your time than reading this book. Having all your teeth drilled and refilled for example.
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Old 16-03-2013, 10:25
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A tie between David Bunch's "Moderan" and Mark Danielewski's "House of Leaves".
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Old 16-03-2013, 17:42
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http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2003_06_000459.php

this ^ was great.
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Old 16-03-2013, 19:55
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I think The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks would be high on any list.
The same author's The Bridge is probably even weirder, but so weird that I found it very difficult to make sense of it. I know somebody who rates it as a favourite though.
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Old 16-03-2013, 20:43
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I can't remember the title, but it had astral projection, lesbian sex and rape in it. I found the book at home and I think it belonged to my stepbrother. I was only young when I read it, so it was a bit of an eye opener.
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Old 16-03-2013, 22:04
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A William Burroughs book whose title I can't remember.
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Old 17-03-2013, 14:29
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The Raw Shark Texts - the basic story is completely mental, but it's really well written and funny too.
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Old 17-03-2013, 21:19
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Has to be Catch-22. I tried, and tried, and tried, but just couldn't get into it. Sorry Joseph Heller. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (sp?) is also very strange.
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Old 22-03-2013, 23:11
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. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (sp?) is also very strange.
"We" is a superb book. And maybe it's the fact it was written in Russian, but it doesn't feel dated
at all-if you didn't know it was published in 1921,you'd think
"We" could have been written at any time in the 20th century.
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Old 22-03-2013, 23:21
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Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd.

It's also the worse book I've ever read.

I can barely remember the plot line it was so tedious to read....but it was still weird.
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Old 22-03-2013, 23:25
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"Two Girls, Fat and Thin" by Mary Gaitskill. Two women damaged by
sexual abuse come under the influence of an Ayn-Rand like philosopher,
Anna Granite, who advocates extreme individual. Although Gaitskill disagrees
with Rand/Granite's philosophy, she does treat her with some sympathy.
Very interesting book.
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Old 23-03-2013, 01:37
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We Need To Talk About Kevin.

That's the first book I've ever felt unsettled after reading.
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Old 23-03-2013, 05:38
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We Need To Talk About Kevin.

That's the first book I've ever felt unsettled after reading.
Oh yes, me too. I read it, then watched the film online(film not so good), and then asked my mum, my sister, and my friends to read the book for their opinion. It's one of those books that just doesn't leave you after reading it.
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Old 23-03-2013, 05:40
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"Two Girls, Fat and Thin" by Mary Gaitskill. Two women damaged by
sexual abuse come under the influence of an Ayn-Rand like philosopher,
Anna Granite, who advocates extreme individual. Although Gaitskill disagrees
with Rand/Granite's philosophy, she does treat her with some sympathy.
Very interesting book.
That sounds intriguing, thanks for posting that, I will look out for it. I would like to read it, I wonder if there is a kindle version?
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Old 23-03-2013, 08:37
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I think The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks would be high on any list.
The same author's The Bridge is probably even weirder, but so weird that I found it very difficult to make sense of it. I know somebody who rates it as a favourite though.
I dont think TWF was particularly weird although I agree about The Bridge, very tricky to understand.

Walking on Glass is another of his which divides opinion - I know quite a few people who have read it and I'm the only one who rates it!

Naked Lunch is the weirdest I've read, closely followed by A Clockwork Orange and anything by Charles Bukowski
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