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message 1: by Louise (new)

Louise | 279 comments I love weird/original/quirky books, and it would be great to get some recommendations from the rest of you! (as if my tbr pile isn't huge enough...)

So here are a few examples of books in the "genre" I like:
Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain
A Wild Sheep Chase
The Book of Dead Days
Be My Enemy
Little Black Book of Stories


message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2097 comments Mod
This is tough! But also a great BOTNS eposide starter. Thinking....


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Plugging some retreat authors: The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer, Something Missing by Matthew Dicks and The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French are all fun quirky reads.


message 4: by Callie (new)

Callie (calliekl) | 646 comments A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore. Very quirky.


message 5: by Dan (new)

Dan Cafaro (AtticusBooks) | 2 comments Quirk is the name of the game at Atticus Books. In fact, we find it difficult to not use "quirky" to help describe many of our titles.

Here's a short list of 2011 releases that are chock full of quirkiness, one of which is by a BOTNS retreat author:

The Bee-Loud Glade by Steve Himmer

Nazareth, North Dakota by Tommy Zurhellen

The Snow Whale by John Minichillo

The Absent Traveler, a novella and other stories by Randall DeVallance

When I think of the kings of quirk, I often think of books by Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Robbins, and John Irving.


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Dan Cafaro (AtticusBooks) | 2 comments I'm currently reading This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes - and the beginning has grabbed me enough to think that it may make my list of favorite quirky novels.


message 7: by Autumn (new)

Autumn (nora42) | 4 comments Check out Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff. Very quirky, interesting story- and well written to boot. I've never read another book like it.


message 8: by Alondra (new)

Alondra Miller I think The Night Circus is quirky in a nice Tim Burton-esque way :D


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Shelly (okily-dokily) | 9 comments Mine would be If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. It's like a collection of short stories, but isn't.


message 10: by Deanna (new)

Deanna | 4 comments The Family Fang is a great quirky read!


message 11: by Janet (new)

Janet (justjanet) | 790 comments Loved these Beat the Reaper and The Spellman Files and just so happens the two authors Josh Bazell and Lisa Lutz appeared together at Poisoned Pen bookstore last night. Their latest offerings are Wild Thing and Trail of the Spellmans...can't wait to read them.


message 12: by Linda (new)

Linda | 2781 comments Mod
Read Beat the Reaper (Peter Brown #1) by Josh Bazell when it came out and loved, loved, loved it. Heard more than a year ago that a second book was coming and have been waiting impatiently. I have possession of it now and will be diving in shortly. Wild Thing (Peter Brown #2) by Josh Bazell


message 13: by Cat (new)

Cat V (catatrophy) | 4 comments Have you read Magic for Beginners? It is one of my all-time favorite short story collections and in my opinion at least, quite unlike anything else I have ever read.


message 14: by Louise (new)

Louise | 279 comments I have it somewhere in my home library Cat :-)


message 15: by Cat (new)

Cat V (catatrophy) | 4 comments Louise wrote: "I have it somewhere in my home library Cat :-)"

Excellent! It is such an unparalleled collection, capturing everything from humor, heartbreak, the surreal and the bizarre-o.

Small Beer Press (Kelly and Gavin's publishing venture) was mentioned a while back on BOTNS (regarding After the Apocalypse: Stories) and I was elated by proxy. All because I feel SO fondly towards Kelly link, based almost exclusively on the strength of this work alone.

Small Beer also puts out other quirky reads, including "Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet," a zine delivered with chocolate! :)


message 16: by Louise (new)

Louise | 279 comments Hmm I just found this on Amazon The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Occasional Outbursts by Kelly Link looks interesting - although there's no chocolate :-)


message 17: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2097 comments Mod
Cat wrote: "Louise wrote: "I have it somewhere in my home library Cat :-)"

Excellent! It is such an unparalleled collection, capturing everything from humor, heartbreak, the surreal and the bizarre-o.

Small..."


Cat, if you missed episode #151 (http://booksonthenightstand.com/2011/...) you may want to check it out -- Michael interviewed Kelly and Gavin at their home about Steampunk. They are wonderful (I got to meet them at an event last year) and we're both huge fans of their work, too.


message 18: by Cat (new)

Cat V (catatrophy) | 4 comments Thanks, Ann-there was indeed much Happy Dancing over here when I first came across that particularly awesome episode.

And now you have just reminded me of another reason to be jealous of you and Michael. :) (As if working with books wasn't enough!)


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