18 June 2010
BOMBPROOF YOUR HORSE
(Welcome back to the weird books room).
Probably one of the most intriguing and
excellent titles of the past few years has to be “Bombproof Your Horse”.
The author is this case, (Rick Pelicano) meaning ‘bombproof’ in a rather different sense than
covering your horse in iron clad steel and using him for disposal and other
associated explosion related duties. No, the author simply details how to stop
your horse bolting, baulking or bulking. The aim is for the reader to have a
more confident horse, and the author also runs horse confidence clinics. So
overall, not as weird as first expected. Almost just a normal horse training
manual with a slightly misinterpreted name, and according to the guardian, this
is a "solid"
title selling about 400 copies a month, (J. Ezard, Guardian, 2004).
Another insane title,
which is truly crazy in content, as well as title, is “HAUNTED VAGINA” by
Carlton Mellick III. This time, the book is about a vagina…….which is haunted….
This is part of a genre called ‘bizarro’ or the genre of the weird. According
to Mellick’s website Bizzaro is “Like cult movies, Bizarro is sometimes
surreal, sometimes avant-garde, sometimes goofy, sometimes bloody, sometimes
borderline pornographic, and almost always completely out there.”
Overall Bizzaro is supposed to be fun to read. Whether it is: “The Faggiest
Vampire” or “Baby Jesus Buttplug”, Bizarro will always keep you entertained, if
one thing that is slightly frustrating about weird books websites for me
personally is that generally they seem to focus on weird titles, or
non-fiction. Like “Bombproof Your Horse”, they evoke some strange images, but in
reality the book is very standard. The real weird books are the ones with
standard titles, based in fiction. “Through the Looking Glass”, by Lewis
Carroll, by example, is overtly strange, involving time distortion, abstract
imagery (as shown in the picture above, The Jabberwocky, by English illustrator
Sir John Tenniel), chess and a giant cow.
11 June 2010
One of the oddest books we've come across in recent years has to be 'Cat Massage' by Mary Jean Ballner
(pictured below). Containing FIFTY massage techniques.
There is even a
review on Amazon.co.uk (that 16 out of 17 people found useful): "This
author captures the essence of bonding with your cat through affectionate
touch. Feline photographs are great and layout imaginative. Cat Massage is a
book you will keep and refer to for years."
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