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A unique, long-awaited collection of the world's most unusual books and authors, completely revised and updated from the bestselling original.Funnier than The Wit of Prince Philip and more fasciniating than Songs of a Chartered Accountant, this is the perfect gift for bibliophiles and lovers of the absurd.In the course of their careers in the business of writing and sellinA unique, long-awaited collection of the world's most unusual books and authors, completely revised and updated from the bestselling original.Funnier than The Wit of Prince Philip and more fasciniating than Songs of a Chartered Accountant, this is the perfect gift for bibliophiles and lovers of the absurd.In the course of their careers in the business of writing and selling books, Russell Ash and Brian Lake have collected hundreds of bizarre examples from this extensive field. From double entendres and astonishingly specialized subjects to weird books on horticulture, science and medical matters, the authors have left no catalogue page unturned in their quest, uncovering gems written by such luminaries as A. Clot, Richard Daft, Cecil Nutter, Maurice Rat and Solomon Slack....

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Bizarre Books Reviews

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    2019-04-05 20:14

    Though it relies too heavily on puns and doubles ententes, Bizarre Books is a humorous look at titles, subjects and author names in published materials. It is a must-read for any book lover or professional who deals with the printed word on a daily basis. *cough* Librarians. *cough*"All the books recorded are real titles, with real authors. All of them were published with the serious intention of informing, not amusing. In this, they have signally failed." introduction, pg 7. I don't think that ALL of them were meant to be informative. Take this entry from one of my favorite genres, science fiction: Planet of the Knob Heads. Stanton A. Coblentz. Science Fiction, Atlas Publishing, 1939. "Jack and Marjorie are brought to the distant world of their captors. In far Andromeda, they struggle against "favors" of the knob-heads - but hope fades as they face the High Knobule!" pg 40. Almost irresistible, isn't it?If science fiction isn't your thing, how about this (I'm guessing) thriller: What Farrar Saw. James Hanley. Nicholson & Watson, 1946. "No story by Mr. Hanley is without its moral implications; here we have a glimpse of nightmare horror and chaos in a monstrous machine ridden world. It starts simply enough as chaos does. A young couple set off for a holiday in Scotland." pg 44. Sounds at least as promising as The Girl on the Train, wouldn't you say?Those were some of the fictional books that caught my eye. On to the non-fiction. If it was on a shelf in front of me, I'd pick up Carnivorous Butterflies by Austin Hobart Clark, pg 62. In the most ineffective category, the prize goes to: Atomic Bombing: How to Protect Yourself. Watson Davis, et al. New York: William H. Wise & Co. 1950. One of its suggestions was: "Curl up in a ball as you hit the ground." pg 166.By far, my most favorite selection is: The New Guide of the Conversation in Portuguese and English in Two Parts. Pedro Carolino. Familiar phrases: Let us go on ours feet. At what o'clock is to get up? At which is this hat. Have him some children? pg 54. And so on. The authors dedicated another three pages to this gem alone.Highly recommended from this bookworm. It made me laugh a lot and that is not easy to do.

  • David
    2019-04-05 22:13

    This book arrived in the same Amazon shipment as "Bertha Venation", a book devoted to funny names of people. While "Bertha Venation" managed to be singularly unfunny, "Bizarre Books" had a pretty high hilarity quotient. Almost every page had at least a couple of titles which made me giggle. Conveniently grouped into chapters such asDouble Entendres, Science & Scientific Theories, health & Medicine, Sex & Marriage, Sport, Leisure, Clothes & Fashion, Food & Drink, The Workplace, Crime & the Law, Religion & Beliefs, and Death , most of the titles included in this book are genuinely funny. For some of the more baffling titles, the authors include a representative short excerpt, a welcome feature.This book is not for everyone. But if you have a penchant for the offbeat, the quirky, and obscure weirdness, it's good for more than a few belly-laughs.It would be remiss of me not to include a few of my favorite entries:How to Draw a Straight Line, by Sir Alfred Bray Kempe'The Unexplored Fields are still vast.'The Art of Faking Exhibition Poultry (1934), by George Ryley Scott.The author treads an indistinct line between condemning this widespread and despicable practice, and telling the reader exactly how to do it.Correctly English in Hundred Days (Shanghai Correctly English Society, 1934)This book is prepared for the Chinese young man who wishes to served for the foreign firms. It divided nealy hundred and ninety pages. It contains full of ordinary speak and write language.....Drummer Dick's Discharge, by Beatrix M. DeBurgh (1902)Penetrating Wagner's Ring, by John DiGaetani (1978)Handbook for the LimblessGay Bulgaria ('once noted in a survey as the least borrowed book in British libraries')Was Oderic of Pordenone Ever in Tibet?The Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum, by Wallace Irwin (1901)'Am I a turnip? On the strict Q.T.,When do my Trilbys get so ossified?Why am I minus when it's up to meTo brace my Paris pansy for a glide?'Truncheons: Their Romance and Reality, by Erland Fenn Clark (1935)with over 100 plates illustrating more than 500 truncheons.Admit it, aren't you just a little bit curious to learn more about those 500 truncheons? To know more about the mysterious, mythic Oderic of Pordenone? To sample more of that literary hoodlum's oeuvre?Perhaps what I enjoy most about this book is the glimpses it provides of the infinite inventiveness, and never-ending quirkiness, of the human mind.

  • Kate
    2019-04-08 01:11

    Bizarre Books is one of the volumes from the language section of my mother’s library. It consists of lists of book titles and authors that Russell Ash and Brian Lake compiled during years of perusing used book stores. Although organized into sections, the book is best read by simply dipping into any random page. Here are some of my faves (in which I nevertheless retain the section divisions):FROM “AUTHORS – RIGHT OR WRONG”Morris Krok, From the Deathbed to Boisterous Health (Durban: Essence of Health, 1963).FROM “NOVELS”Stanton A. Coblentz, Planet of the Knob Heads (Atlas Publishing, 1939). “Jack and Marjorie are brought to the distant world of their captors. In far Andromeda, they struggle against ‘favors’ of the knob-heads – but hope fades as they face the High Knobule!”Frank Johnson, The Strangest Grand National (1947). “This is the amazing story of the adventures of four men who set out to win the Grand National by grafting kangaroo glands into a steeple-chaser...”FROM “LANGUAGE”Anon., Rubbing Along in Burmese (Simla: Directorate of Welfare and Education, 1944).Shad Helmstetter, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself (1982).FROM “NATURE: FAUNA”Thomas Barrett, Harnessing the Earthworm (Faber & Faborer 1949)Susan Fox, Rats for Those Who Care (1995).M.F.R. Magrum, Who’s Who in Boxers (1950)T. Nomura et al, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice (Tokyo 1978)Gary Soucek, The Guide to Owning a Quaker Parrot (2002).FROM “NATURE: FLORA”Audrey Wynne Hatfield, How to Enjoy Your Weeds (1969)Lawrence D. Hills, Save Your Own Seed (1975)Alex Makula, Thirty Years of Bananas (Nairobi: Oxford UP, 1995).FROM “SCIENCE & SCIENTIFIC THEORIES”Harold Baum, The Biochemist’s Songbook (Oxford, 1982). “At last the ultimate best seller, sing-along-a-syllabus. These two sensational new packages take biology into a dimension never through possible. Subjects such as excretion, reproduction, genetics, and evolution have been set to music by the world’s leading exponent of the biological ballad, Prof. Harold Baum and the original music written by Peter Shade. Each package contains a book plus an audio cassette with the songs sung by a new group, The Metabolites.”FROM “HEALTH & MEDICINE”Anon., A Pictorial Book of Tongue Coating (Kyoto, 1981). “11: Whitish tongue with a thin whitish moist slippery fur. 139: Dull red furless tongue with scanty slobber.”Gardner & Bartlett, Sensors and Sensory Systems for an Electric Nose (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992).Ron Maclaren, Grow Your Own Hair (Glasgow, 1947).Donald L. Wilson, Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Mind Power: How to Use the Other 90 Per Cent of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts (Total Mind Power Institute, 1979).Sir Vincent Zachary Cope, The Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen in Rhyme (1947). “The leading or principal symptoms are four,They often are fewer but seldom more...The big four I mention whom you must watch wellMore clearly the site of their author to tellCome right off the tongue in simple refrain-Distension, rigidity, vomiting, pain.”FROM “KEEP-FIT”Edouard Charles, The Man with the Iron Eyebrows (1902). Mr Gregor Olivos “screws his eyebrows between the two horizontal steel bars of the apparatus, enabling him to lift 244 pounds.”FROM “SPORT”Mototsugu Hamabe, et al, Squid Juggling from Small Boats (1989).FROM “LEISURE”D.J. Aggersberg, Collect Fungi on Stamps (1997)Anon, How to Vamp without Music (1943).Ball & Campbell, Master Pieces: Making Furniture from Paintings (1983).R. Buckland, Practical Candle Burning (St. Paul, 1970).Haverkort et al, Proceedings of the Second International Potato Modeling Conference (Dordrecht, 1995).J. Osborne Keen, Suggestive Thoughts for Busy Workers (Bible Christian Book Room, 1883).Brand Larkin, Learn to Croon (1936).L. Macho, Crocheting Novelty Pot-holders (New York, 1982).Jan Messent, Kitted Historical Figures (1992).Robert Kingley Morison, Levitation for Terrestrials (1977).Arthur B. Neal, Suggestive Handwork for Lower Classes (Pitman, 1874).Alan Rose, Build Your Own Hindenburg (New York, 1983).John Scoffern, Explosive Spiders & How to Make Them (1881). From “Clothes & Fashion”Marion Hall, Let’s Make Some Undies (1954).FROM “FOOD & DRINK”David Adler, The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley (1983).Anon., How to Eat a Peanut (New York, 1900).Anon., The New Radiation Recipe Book (c. 1930).Charles W. Forward, Cameos of Vegetarian Literature (1898).Etta H. Handy, Ice Cream for Small Plants (Chicago, 1937).e. C. McKenzie, Salted Peanuts: 1800 Little Known Facts (1972).Mrs. M. E. Rattray, Cold Meat and How to Disguise It (1904).FROM “TRANSPORT & TOURISM” John W. Trimmer, How to Avoid Huge Ships (Centreville, 1993).Sherard Vines, Yofuku; or, Japan in Trousers (Wishart & Co, 1931). FROM “THE WORKPLACE”Marston Garsia, Law Relating to Carriage of Goods by Sea in a Nutshell (1923).William J. Reilly, How to Avoid Work (1931).Clifford A. Richmond, The History and Romance of Elastic Webbing Since the Dawn of Time (n.d.)FROM “CONFLICT: WARFARE & MARTIAL ARTS”John Ellis, The Social History of the Machine Gun (NY, 1975).O. Heilbrunn, Warfare in the Enemy’s Rear (1963).J.R., Thrilling Experiences of the First British Woman Relieved by Lord Roberts (Aberdeen, 1900).FROM “RELIGION & BELIEFS”A.J. Bethell, From Cleopatra to Christ. Arguing that the Former was the Latter’s Mother (4 vols.). Typescript in the BL. (1921).From “Death”Edwin Dunkin, Obituary Notices of Astronomers (1879)Ferrell & Frey, Sex After Death (New York, 1983).FROM “AGAINST ALL ODDS”Anon., Octogenarian Teetotalers, with One Hundred and Thirteen Portraits (1897).Sir George Compton Archibald Arthur, Not Worth Reading (1914).Ray Huang, 1587, A Year of No Significance (Yale UP [!:], 1981).Keith Odo Newman, 250 Times I Saw a Play (Oxford, 1944). [The author fails to mention what the play was, who wrote it, where it was performed and who acted in it.:]

  • Iophil
    2019-04-24 02:01

    Un libretto molto curioso e abbastanza interessante. Sono sempre stato attratto dalle "stranezze", specie in ambito cartaceo, e qui dentro se ne trovano a bizzeffe. La traduzione, in diversi casi, fa perdere molto dell'originale umorismo, ma alcuni titoli sono impagabili.In generale, se amate i libri, anche come oggetti e non solo per quanto si trova al loro interno, penso sia meritevole di una sfogliata: un sorriso, da qualche parte, ve lo strapperà certamente.

  • Serena.. Sery-ously?
    2019-04-23 20:22

    Qualche titolo (e qualche sezione del libro) meritano, alcuni me li sono segnati perché voglio davvero cercarli.. Ma molti sono comprensibili solo ad un pubblico inglese e letto il primo, letti tutti.. Simpatico, ma non un libro che mi porterei nella tomba, ecco :D

  • Kate
    2019-03-29 20:58

    Good for a few laughs--basically a book of lists of bizarre book titles. I think my favorite chapters were "Sex and Marriage," "Food," and "Innuendo"--most of the books mentioned were written in the 1800s or earlier and the writers clearly had no idea how their titles might be construed. The "Travel" titles were pretty amusing, too, just because the translation was so bad! Fun to flip through but really only good in small doses--after a while it can get boring just to read random titles.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-04-14 01:23

    This book has been sitting on my shelves for a while, and it was one of the books I'd challenged myself to read in my TBR Challenge this year.It is essentially a book of lists, some more interesting than others.There are 16 chapters and many of them have multiple lists.The book begins with books with unintentional double entendre titles, one I found less interesting than others. Some titles were only here because words in the title had adopted new meanings since they had been published.The second chapter lists extraordinary author names, and again I found this less interesting. It seems like making fun of people's names, not something I am comfortable with.The third chapter was again around author names, this time in terms of how they related to the title of the book they'd written. An example is The Cypress Garden by Jane Arbor.The fourth chapter is sheet music titles, and again a lot of these only sound funny to us now because of a change in time, many of them dating from the 19th century.The fifth chapter was more interesting to me. It lists books that are extremely specific in the subject they cover. One that struck me was Busted Tractors and Rusty Knuckles: Norwegian Torque Wrench Techniques and Other Fine Points of Tractor Restoration.The sixth chapter was along the same lines, but scientific in nature. Titles include ones such as The Diseases of Electrical Machinery.The seventh chapter covers books on dirty topics, mostly around bodily functions, or dirt.The eighth chapter covers odd books on plants and animals from Bean Spasms to Carnivorous Butterflies.The ninth chapter covers medical titles, including some fiction titles that sound a bit odd. From The Romance of Proctology to Coma Arousal, these were sometimes amusing.The tenth chapter included titles involving love, marriage, and sex. It includes titles such as Literature of Kissing and How Can I Get Married.The eleventh chapter covers odd pastimes from How to Vamp Without Music to Original Tricks with Cigars.The twelfth chapter covers odd-sounding fiction titles from We All Killed Grandma to The Fangs of Suet Pudding.The thirteenth chapter covers titles that sound incredibly dull or unlikely such as Songs of a Chartered Accountant or I Was a Kamikaze.The fourteenth chapter covers religious books such as My Invisible Friend Explains the Bible.The fifteenth chapter covers publishing curiosities such as unusual bindings, strange dedications, and books that challenged the writer such having all the words begin with a particular letter of the alphabet.The last chapter takes on odd books about death or beyond. Titles run from Reusing Old Graves to Do-it-Yourself Coffins.I found the chapters from five on most interesting, and the book over-all mildly amusing.

  • Kirsti
    2019-04-02 22:17

    I know I should really grow up, but I can't stop giggling when I read the book title In and Out of Florence.

  • Duckyard Swan
    2019-04-16 03:54

    This book will stand alongside Richard Lederer's "Anguished English" as a go-to book when I need a laugh. After skimming the first chapter, "Double Entendres," and finding gems like "Shag The Caribou" and "Boobs As Seen By John Henry," I had to buy it and leave the used bookstore post-haste before making a spectacle of my laughing self.From "Pamela Pounce: A Tale of Tempestuous Petticoats," The Encyclopedia of Shampoo Ingredients, "Salted Peanuts: 1800 Little-Known Facts," and "A Nostalgia for Camels" to many others I hesitate to mention because this is a family show, this book is just pure fun.What amazed me was how recently some of the books were printed. For instance: "Taking Life Imprisonment Seriously"....from 2002!The only bad part about this book is that we're given so many tempting little oddities with a slim chance of ever finding the actual books, although I did find a few on Project Gutenberg.Oh well, off to read "The Toothbrush: Its Use & Abuse." Or maybe "Acne At Your Fingertips."So many bizarre books, so little time.

  • HBalikov
    2019-03-26 00:20

    A few of the questions that occurred to me while I contemplated writing a review: How long will this book reside on my shelf? Should I lend it out to friends but still have access to it when I need a quick chuckle? Why do some of these books exist? How many copies were actually sold/read? Who needs this book anyway? All you get is Title, Author, Publisher, DateCategories include: They Didn't Really Mean It (Handbook for the Limbless; Warfare in the Enemy's Rear)We Have a Book on It (A Toddler's Guide to the Rubber Industry; A User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia)Marvels of Science (The Romance of Holes in Bread; How to Draw a Straight Line)The Wonderful World of Nature (Favourite Flies and their History; Of the Irritability of Vegetables)Love, Marriage and.... (Sex+Sex = Gruppensex; Teach Yourself Sex; How to Pick Up Girls on Public Beaches)Against All Odds (The Rubaiyat of a Scotch Terrier; An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language)And so it goes..........My edition was published in 2002. Is it time for an update?

  • Nick
    2019-04-18 00:15

    At first flipping through this book, I was disappointed that it was mostly titles; that feeling wore off as I realized that 98% of the books in here sound pretty terrible (Proceedings of the Second International Potato Modeling Conference, anybody?). Most of the book's humor comes from either incredibly boring sounding books (1587, a Year of No Significance), titles that were perfectly normal at the time but are now suggestive (Scouts in Bondage), and the just plain, well, bizzare (Planet of the Knob Heads, of which the authors quote: "In about a week I had recovered from most of the effects of the knob operation"). The last part of the book is both the most juvenile and my favorite, being a list of weird authors names (including W. Anker, Twat Booth and - of course! - the incomparable Ludwig von Baldass). There's really something here for everything is what I'm saying, and this is a great little bathroom book that's very difficult to put down.

  • Mike
    2019-04-03 03:01

    The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this one. It is a collection of lists of strange books. Some have unintentionally funny titles, either because once-innocent words have changed their meanings, or because out of context, the title is ambiguous (A glowing and graphic description of the great hole by Mr.s D.U.C., 1848). Others are are about strange topics or theories (On the Kyungrak System, by K.B. Han -- a book describing a hitherto unknown system of ducts and fluid in the body), and a few are just funny juxtapositions of authors and titles (Anatomy of the brain by William W. Looney). There are some brief excepts or illustrations from some of the books, and commentary on others.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-11 03:07

    I thought a book that is basically a list of strange, esoteric books would be perfect for me--considering my love for literature, my interest in strange subjects, and my mild-OCD obsession with lists (hence my being on this site). But I had a hard time staying focused while reading this book. It is as though it is designed to be glanced though; reading a list for pages at a time, especially when I do much of my reading before bed, caused all the content to become a blur. I also wished for more actual content--some of the enteries also has bits of text, and that gave it more weight. It is certainly not a bad book, just not meant to be read in one sitting. The best part was the pictures of all these fantastic old book covers.

  • Kate
    2019-03-29 03:18

    "Hard-knuckled pages blazing with biff and stingo..."What to Say When You Talk to YourselfHarnessing the EarthwormDucks & How to Make Them PayFish Who Answer the TelephoneMonograph of the Horny SpongesFresh Air and How to Use ItCancer: Is the Dog the Cause?The Toothbrush: Its Use and AbuseGrow Your Own HairPractical Candle BurningFrolic and Fun With Eggshells"After trying some of the schemes here suggested, you will find the fun is not only rolicking, but well-nigh inexhaustible."Build Your Own HindenburgExplosive Spiders and How to Make ThemLiving Without GlovesHow to Eat a PeanutFaulty BreadLiving Without Eating10,000 Snacks"Of snacks there is no end."

  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2019-03-29 02:16

    Wished it did more, then just listed the books, with a picture here and there-often in back and white. It had great potential to be a fun book, with small descriptions/discussions of each book. They are listed my topic. The book is a little bigger than paperback size. i just had hope for much more, but that is what you get ofr ordering an OOP over the web these days. Few of the pictures, very few are in color. Still, will use it to track down a title or two. Read in less than an hour today.

  • Kate
    2019-03-23 22:07

    I feel a little lame counting this as a "read" book, since it is literally only the titles of books, and no descriptions. However, I decided to put this on my list because of the sheer hilarity of it. There are some total busts, which is to be expected when a book is comprised solely of book titles. But, there are also some that are so hilarious that I was cry-laughing for almost five minutes (ok, let's be real, 2 minutes, maybe). Anyway, it would take only about 10 minutes to read through this book, and I totally recommend that everyone does it if they are in need of a laugh.

  • Mary JL
    2019-04-09 01:53

    This is not really a book to read in full; but a fun gag gift for your fellow book lovers. Focuses on actual weird book titles such as "Swine Judging for Beginners" and "Wall Paintings by Snake Charmers in Tanganyika"; as well as the ever popular "Manholes Covers of Los Angles".Afriend gave it to me for a laugh; if you can find a copy--it is out of print--there are a few really hilarious ones in here, mixed in with quite a lot of not so hilarious ones.But if you have a freind who loves books about books--I'll bet they don't have this one!

  • Päivi
    2019-04-03 02:57

    Kaikenlaisia kirjoja maailmassa painetaankin, eivätkä ne välttämättä ole edes omakustanteita! Tähän kirjaan on koottu esimerkkejä englanninkielellä julkaistuista teoksista, joiden nimike tai sisältö on jotenkin erikoinen tai tahattoman hauska (kaksimielisyyksiäkään unohtamatta). Muutamia suosikkejani: Sex After Death, Did the Virgin Mary Live and Die in England?, Hand Grenade Throwing as a College Sport,Romance of the Gas Industry ja Enjoy Your Skunks.

  • Elaine Meszaros
    2019-04-03 02:09

    Ash and Lake have collected a mass of truly awful, useless and poorly titled books. Many owe their amusement factor to terms that have changed through time: Girls of the Pansy Patrol and The Gay Boys of Old Yale. Others are bizarre simply for their topics: The Supernatural History of Worms and A Nostalgia for Camels. Still other titles are so truly inane they could only have been printed at a vanity press: How to Avoid Work and How to Cook Roadkill. HI-larious.

  • Karl Steel
    2019-04-08 02:13

    Pretty funny, but marred by their inclusion of dissertation titles. It's clueless, first of all, to list things published in Ann Arbor as books (dead giveaway: it's where diss. microfilm made/published), it's another thing not to realize that diss. titles tend to the weird, esoteric, and punny. It's almost a generic expectation.

  • Nathan Burgoine
    2019-03-30 20:17

    This is just so warped I couldn't help buying it. Books that people just wouldn't believe! "The Art of Faking Exhibition Poultry." "Scouts in Bondage." "Ice Cream for Small Plants." "A Handbook on Hanging." A quick page-through was a one-way journey that made me smile a few times, and then I passed it on to another bibliovore.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-08 20:15

    Mildly interesting. Unfortunately it is a long list of books and nothing more.Yeah there are a few covers printed in the book and sometimes a quote or blurb info is given but that is it.It would be more interesting if more information about the books is given or in some cases why they are mentioned. In most cases it is obvious but several books made me wonder why they were included.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-19 20:08

    Not really a book to read, but a humor book to flip through and chuckle. Lots of naughty double entendres materialized in translation from 19th century and early 20th century books to how we read 'em today. It's in the bathroom for a giggle.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-27 03:08

    Very humorous. Great for the bibliophile.

  • Chris
    2019-04-21 04:16

    Expanded from the last edition. A thought provoking resource.

  • Abraham Ray
    2019-03-25 01:57

    Good collection of weird and bizarre books

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-03 02:57

    A laugh a page. I really enjoyed this book.

  • Gina
    2019-03-25 21:19

    This would be cooler if it were in full color with plenty of book covers.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-29 03:03

    Wow, there were some weird ones in here. An odd read.

  • Julie - Book Hooked Blog
    2019-04-22 00:53

    Hilarious! I always say it in my reviews, but I just have an obsession with books about books. I love them!