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Subject: Recommendations in offbeat/absurdist/experimental fiction?
Date Posted: 4/7/2010 12:43 PM ET
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Anyone have any recommendations similar to the style of offbeat,absurd,experimental fiction?

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 11:36 AM ET
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Name something you consider fits that bill so we can get a better sense of your target. Meantime:

334: A Novel by Thomas M. Disch
62: A Model Kit by Julio Cortazar and Gregory Rabassa
Rampaging *** of Everything on the Crazy *** Planet of the Vomit Atmosphere by Mykle Hansen

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 12:06 PM ET
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You've probably already read it, but if not Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.  I'm rereading it right now, its a classic.

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Not sure where you're coming from...not something I read. But, I have one on my TBR "Naked Came the Manatee"

"DELICIOUSLY TWISTED... A wacky romp of a novel...with each of baker's dozen of chapters contributed by one of South Florida's finest writers."--The New York Times Book Review

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 8:30 PM ET
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Here are some more you may want to check out:

PYGMY by Chuck Palahniuk  (and some of his other work)
WONDERFUL WORLD by Javier Calvo (heard good things about this one - on my reminder list)


Some modern classics of that may fit your parameters:

A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole
GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon
CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut


Have fun!

Date Posted: 4/13/2010 12:41 AM ET
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What about Anonymous Rex/ Casual Rex?  Haven't read it (it's on my TBR) but it definitely sounds interesting and absurd.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 3:50 PM ET
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How about the Jasper Fforde (unsure of that last name speling, but it's odd) books? But narrowing down your topic might help...I, for example, would not describe many of the books listed above that way; most of those I would just say are humorous books---maybe offbeat humor, but not so different. But tastes certainly vary.



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Date Posted: 5/3/2010 5:35 PM ET
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You want offbeat? Try this:

This is Not a Novel   by David Markson

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 7:04 PM ET
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The Raw Shark Texts
Author: Steven Hall

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Modern Library Classics)
Author: Laurence Sterne
Date Posted: 5/15/2010 10:16 PM ET
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There is one where the protagonist's mother is a goat and the father a computer. (Or is it the other way around/) .

Giles Goat Boy by John Barth

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:01 PM ET
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Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brian

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:59 AM ET
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Ever read Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs?  He was one of the Beats.  He used the cut-up method in some of his work, whereby he'd cut up text and paste it together randomly, creating interesting thoughts.  He didn't do this ALL the way through his books, just occasionally.

Also, Philip K. Dick wrote a lot of offbeat stuff.  He's kind of lumped into the sci-fi genre, but don't let that scare you away from his works.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 2:22 PM ET
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Anonymous Rex is really cool. I haven't read Casual Rex yet (onTBR). Hot sweaty Rex(?) is on my WL.  Quite original..

 

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