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The Book of Weird

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Read The Book of Weird (originally published as The Glass Harmonica) and enter into the mysterious netherworld of the fantastical. Ever since its original publication over a quarter of a century ago, this book has delighted fans of arcana and the occult. Now, a new package will draw still another generation to its mysterious charms. With the help of this playful sourcebook ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Main Street Books (first published January 1st 1967)
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Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the creative, the mystical, the fantastical, the brave
Recommended to Tiffany by: my uncle
My uncle had this big, weird, Book of Weird. My brother either gave it to him, or borrowed it, I can't remember now. But then I borrowed it, and my friend and I totally memorised the whole thing, pretty much. It was a great tool for our creative writing. And I had kept it for a long time, until my uncle asked for it back, and so back it went. Then he lost the summer house, where it was kept, to fire. And while we mourned our "camp" and all its lifelong family treasures, I remembered I had just g ...more
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fun book! A thoroughly infirmative an silly dictionary of "ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night"! You will learn things you never knew and see things from an angle you never thoughy of when you read the entries in this book. I remember laughing out loud and crying tears of laughter when I first read this one. I have a large format edition that is falling apart (under another title, Glass Harmonica: A Lexicon of the Fantastic) and I have this new han
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Garth Nix actually named a character after this author and her fascinating book? Whimsical, informational, and unforgettable, this is an essential book on any fantasy writer's bookshelf.
"Here shines the mysterious light."
Raechel Henderson
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another book I read as a child. I checked it out from the library and spent many afternoons pouring over the alphabetical entries, making up stories in my mind that used all the elements listed in the book. The binding was in poor condition when I checked it out and the library discarded it upon return. It took more than a decade for me to track down another copy of the book. This is one of those reference books useful to any fantasy writer.
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy, horror, and mythology
Cool! The author takes you on a wild and funny ride through the ins and outs of fairy tales, fantasy and horror fiction, and the mythology on which a lot of the stories are based. The text is tongue in cheek and the illustrations are hilarious. This is a laugh-out-loud book and a great gift for anyone you might know who loves to read Tolkien, Lovecraft, et al, and/or hangs out at medieval faires and Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) events. I wore out the copy I got when I was in high schoo ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, art, humor
This book is full of very potentially useful information, but I would be selective about the sort of person I'd give it to read--particularly children. It is, as it must be given the subject matter, rather weird.
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic guide to mythical and magical creatures.
Spider the Doof Warrior
This is one of my favourite books I've ever read and it's sadly out of print. It's basically just a lexicon full of adorable illustrations.
Michael Prier
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so useful when I was a DM. Nice to revisit it.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a cute little book. Awesome illustrations. Very informative!
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Barbara Ninde was the middle of three children of Harry Warrington Ninde, Jr. (1899-1980), who worked as the manager of a mortgage and loan company, and Elizabeth Rudisill, née Freeman (1899-1986), who were married in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 14 November 1925. Barbara had an older sister and a younger brother.

Barbara attended the University of Wyoming for two years, 1947-49. She married Hugh W. Byf