Bizzaro books that seized my attention

A Listmania! list by Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster" (Lucasville, OH USA)
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The list author says: "Some are fiction, some are non-fiction, all run from good to superb, none are run-of-the-mill. All genres.

I have reviewed most of these works here on Amazon if you'd like more details.

Enjoy."
Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 Years of Dragons, Dwarfs, the Dead, Lost Races and Ufos from Inside the Earth
1.  Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 Years of Dragons, Dwarfs, the Dead, Lost Races and Ufos from Inside the Earth by Walter Kafton-Minkel
The list author says:
  "Learn all about people and creatures lurking within the bowels of the planet."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Puck Of Pook's Hill
2.  Puck Of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling
The list author says:
  "A sort of proto-Tolkien work. Not much heard of but very good fantasy."
$9.77   Used & New from: $5.77
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead
3.  Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead by Rock Scully
The list author says:
  "Hilarious antics of The Grateful Dead from the perspective of the band's manager."
$13.97   Used & New from: $5.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

An Armful of Warm Girl
4.  An Armful of Warm Girl by W. M. Spackman
The list author says:
  "I think I know what this book was about but I'm not absolutely sure -- in any case, I much enjoyed reading it. Very funny."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Nightwood (New Edition)
5.  Nightwood (New Edition) by Djuna Barnes
The list author says:
  "Man, this one is *dark*! I'm talking *MEGA-NOIR* here!"
$11.75   Used & New from: $2.97
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Catch-22
6.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "Satire during the tragedy of war."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,222 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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The Coming Race - Lytton
7.  The Coming Race - Lytton by Bulwer Lytton Edward Bulwer Lytton
The list author says:
  "A highly evolved society is living in the bowels of the Earth -- read all about it. This sci-fi work is very old."
$9.76   Used & New from: $5.76
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
8.  How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard
The list author says:
  "I can't say I loved this book but many will. Also, learn how (and why) to *un-read* a book."
$15.30   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

Stranger in a Strange Land
9.  Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
The list author says:
  "There *is* an unedited version of this book available. This book helped to launch the *Free Love Society* of the 1960s, although that was never the author's intention."
$10.44   Used & New from: $2.24
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (906 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Green Dolphin Street
10.  Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge
The list author says:
  "A man *accidentally* marries the wrong woman -- a terrific novel, actually."
$28.47   Used & New from: $8.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Invisible Man
11.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The list author says:
  "A classic work by a brilliant author -- a period novel crammed with metaphor and symbolism. A real eye-opener for Civil Rights enthusiasts."
$10.24   Used & New from: $1.65
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

On the Road (Penguin Classics)
12.  On the Road (Penguin Classics) by Scott Donaldson
The list author says:
  "The wild and crazy antics of Beat Generation wackos."
$12.89   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,097 customer reviews)

The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs & Corso in Paris, 1957-1963
13.  The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs & Corso in Paris, 1957-1963 by Barry Miles
The list author says:
  "True tales of The Beats who existed in a strange Paris hotel."
$12.13   Used & New from: $1.26
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Siamese Twin Mystery
14.  The Siamese Twin Mystery by Ellery Queen
The list author says:
  "In an old mansion on a western mountaintop, during a raging wildfire, a murder mystery is investigated. Great atmosphere."
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The BONE IS POINTED
15.  The BONE IS POINTED by Arthur William Upfield
The list author says:
  "The detective in this one nearly taken out by Australian Aborigine voodoo. A terrific yarn by a great mystery writer."
$18.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

And on the Eighth Day
16.  And on the Eighth Day by Ellery Queen
The list author says:
  "A notably lost, weird religious culture isolated in the American West."
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The Ancient City: A Study on the Religion, Laws, and Institutions of Greece and Rome
17.  The Ancient City: A Study on the Religion, Laws, and Institutions of Greece and Rome by Fustel de Coulanges
The list author says:
  "How Rome's *City Gods* were linked to modern religion (and more.) The author's theories are in conflict with those of Durkheim."
$23.03   Used & New from: $8.44
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (New York Review Books Classics)
18.  The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (New York Review Books Classics) by Milton Rokeach
The list author says:
  "The true tale of how a Michigan psychiatrist brought together three men, each of whom believed that he was God. Reads like a great novel and one of my all-time favorites."
$13.70   Used & New from: $6.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Survival Poaching
19.  Survival Poaching by Ragnar Benson
The list author says:
  "A genuine hoot that anyone will enjoy. This guy was serious but the book is incredibly entertaining."
$20.66   Used & New from: $9.10
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Book of the Hopi
20.  Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters
The list author says:
  "*Not* your average Native American Indian culture. Fascinating."
$11.33   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Hell's Angels
21.  Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
The list author says:
  "As a teenager, I read this practically on the day it hit the bookstores. Excellent, if a bit graphic."
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Taps for Private Tussie
22.  Taps for Private Tussie by Jesse Stuart
The list author says:
  "Stuart was a magnificent story-teller. Here's a tale where truth was stranger than fiction, (it was based upon an actual family but if Stuart were alive, he'd be forced to deny this.) Hilarious."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Ivan the Terrible
23.  Ivan the Terrible by Henri Troyat
The list author says:
  "An easy non-fictional read about the infamous Tsar who, as a child, tossed dogs from the parapets to see what would happen to them. Ivan would snuff *anybody*, not excluding his own son and a town full of people. Graphic violence."
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The Brothers Karamazov (Modern Library)
24.  The Brothers Karamazov (Modern Library) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "With families like this living next door, it's no wonder that the Russians have always been a bit paranoid."
$17.67   Used & New from: $5.74
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

The Royals
25.  The Royals by Kitty Kelley
The list author says:
  "The undiluted lunacy of the Windsor Monarchy. This work was published just prior to the fatal car crash of Princess Di so the book pulls no punches on her either."
$16.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse)
26.  Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse) by P. G. Wodehouse
The list author says:
  "Hilarious British wit of Jeeves and Wooster."
$15.88   Used & New from: $8.89
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Staying on Alone: the Letters of Alice B. Toklas
27.  Staying on Alone: the Letters of Alice B. Toklas by Alice B. Toklas
The list author says:
  "This strange lady was the lifetime companion of Gertrude Stein (chiefly in France during two world wars.) Her letters (and those recieved in return) are fascinating. It's best to read a Stein/Toklas biography first for background."
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Scriabin, a Biography: Second, Revised Edition (Dover Books on Music)
28.  Scriabin, a Biography: Second, Revised Edition (Dover Books on Music) by Faubion Bowers
The list author says:
  "The man was mad as a hatter (but still a great Russian composer.)"
$18.86   Used & New from: $11.48
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)
29.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "So you think that a book about how a dictionary got written might be boring? Not in the least! One of the contributors was locked away in a nuthouse. This true story is superb."
$9.27   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
30.  The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "Some very weird stuff can go on during the planning of a World's Fair. Compelling non-fiction."
$11.48   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,526 customer reviews)

Deadeye Dick: A Novel
31.  Deadeye Dick: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "How copuld Vonnegut possibly be left off this list? This one happens to be my favorite of all his works -- darkly hilarious."
$12.50   Used & New from: $1.40
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

Appointment in Samarra, Butterfield 8, Hope of Heaven
32.  Appointment in Samarra, Butterfield 8, Hope of Heaven by John O'Hara
The list author says:
  "Here we have three terrific novels by a top American author. O'Hara will kill off any primary character... anytime.... for no apparent reason. Marvellous!"
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Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
33.  Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing by Arnie Bernstein
The list author says:
  "The tragic true story about a deranged lunatic who blew up a school full of students and teachers with dynamite... and more."
$14.82   Used & New from: $8.16
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

St. Petersburg
34.  St. Petersburg by Andrei Biely
The list author says:
  "In this superb classic, a left-leaning young aristocrat is recruited by revolutionaries in early 20th Century Russia to exterminate his own father with a bomb. One of the greatest novels ever written."
$11.83   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Penguin island
35.  Penguin island by Anatole France
The list author says:
  "A society of penguins (with souls!) eventually has to go to war against humans... and much more. Classic literature from Anatole France."
$27.58   Used & New from: $19.02
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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