Bizarre Books by Russell Ash Online

Bizarre Books
Title : Bizarre Books
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ISBN : 9780965887649
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224

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.


Bizarre Books Reviews

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    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 [...]

  • David

    This book arrived in the same 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, Crim [...]

  • Kate

    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: Essen [...]

  • Iophil

    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?

    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

    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

    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 secon [...]

  • Kirsti

    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

    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 C [...]

  • HBalikov

    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 [...]

  • Nick

    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 [...]

  • Mike

    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 [...]

  • Stacey

    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 a [...]

  • Kate

    "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 [...]

  • Noran Miss Pumkin

    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

    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 [...]

  • Mary JL

    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 abo [...]

  • Päivi

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Very humorous. Great for the bibliophile.

  • Chris

    Expanded from the last edition. A thought provoking resource.

  • Abraham Ray

    Good collection of weird and bizarre books

  • Jennifer

    A laugh a page. I really enjoyed this book.

  • Gina

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

  • Stephanie

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

  • Julie - Book Hooked Blog

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