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Bizzaro books that seized my attention

Patrick W. Crabtree "The Old Grottomaster"
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
Subterranean Worlds: 100,000 Years of Dragons, Dwarfs, the Dead, Lost Races and Ufos from Inside the Earth
"Learn all about people and creatures lurking within the bowels of the planet."
Puck Of Pook's Hill
Puck Of Pook's Hill
"A sort of proto-Tolkien work. Not much heard of but very good fantasy."
Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead
Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead
"Hilarious antics of The Grateful Dead from the perspective of the band's manager."
An Armful of Warm Girl
An Armful of Warm Girl
"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."
Nightwood (New Edition)
Nightwood (New Edition)
"Man, this one is *dark*! I'm talking *MEGA-NOIR* here!"
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Satire during the tragedy of war."
The Coming Race - Lytton
The Coming Race - Lytton
"A highly evolved society is living in the bowels of the Earth -- read all about it. This sci-fi work is very old."
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
"I can't say I loved this book but many will. Also, learn how (and why) to *un-read* a book."
Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
"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."
Green Dolphin Street
Green Dolphin Street
"A man *accidentally* marries the wrong woman -- a terrific novel, actually."
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
"A classic work by a brilliant author -- a period novel crammed with metaphor and symbolism. A real eye-opener for Civil Rights enthusiasts."
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
On the Road (Penguin Classics)
"The wild and crazy antics of Beat Generation wackos."
The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs & Corso in Paris, 1957-1963
The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs & Corso in Paris, 1957-1963
"True tales of The Beats who existed in a strange Paris hotel."
The Siamese Twin Mystery
The Siamese Twin Mystery
"In an old mansion on a western mountaintop, during a raging wildfire, a murder mystery is investigated. Great atmosphere."
The BONE IS POINTED
The BONE IS POINTED
"The detective in this one nearly taken out by Australian Aborigine voodoo. A terrific yarn by a great mystery writer."
And on the Eighth Day
And on the Eighth Day
"A notably lost, weird religious culture isolated in the American West."
The Ancient City: A Study on the Religion, Laws, and Institutions of Greece and Rome
The Ancient City: A Study on the Religion, Laws, and Institutions of Greece and Rome
"How Rome's *City Gods* were linked to modern religion (and more.) The author's theories are in conflict with those of Durkheim."
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (New York Review Books Classics)
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti (New York Review Books Classics)
"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."
Survival Poaching
Survival Poaching
"A genuine hoot that anyone will enjoy. This guy was serious but the book is incredibly entertaining."
Book of the Hopi
Book of the Hopi
"*Not* your average Native American Indian culture. Fascinating."
Hell's Angels
Hell's Angels
"As a teenager, I read this practically on the day it hit the bookstores. Excellent, if a bit graphic."
Taps for Private Tussie
Taps for Private Tussie
"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."
Ivan the Terrible
Ivan the Terrible
"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."
The Brothers Karamazov (Modern Library)
The Brothers Karamazov (Modern Library)
"With families like this living next door, it's no wonder that the Russians have always been a bit paranoid."
The Royals
The Royals
"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."
Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse)
Cocktail Time (Collector's Wodehouse)
"Hilarious British wit of Jeeves and Wooster."
Staying on Alone: the Letters of Alice B. Toklas
Staying on Alone: the Letters of Alice B. Toklas
"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."
Scriabin, a Biography: Second, Revised Edition (Dover Books on Music)
Scriabin, a Biography: Second, Revised Edition (Dover Books on Music)
"The man was mad as a hatter (but still a great Russian composer.)"
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
"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."
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
"Some very weird stuff can go on during the planning of a World's Fair. Compelling non-fiction."
Deadeye Dick: A Novel
Deadeye Dick: A Novel
"How copuld Vonnegut possibly be left off this list? This one happens to be my favorite of all his works -- darkly hilarious."
Appointment in Samarra AND Butterfield AND Hope of Heaven
Appointment in Samarra AND Butterfield AND Hope of Heaven
"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!"
Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
"The tragic true story about a deranged lunatic who blew up a school full of students and teachers with dynamite... and more."
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
"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."
Penguin island
Penguin island
"A society of penguins (with souls!) eventually has to go to war against humans... and much more. Classic literature from Anatole France."