Monday, August 27, 2012

Musing Monday...It's Weird!

Let's check out this weeks Musing Monday question, as always, from the desk of MizB at Should Be Reading>

This week’s musing — courtesy of– asks…
What is the weirdest/strangest/craziest book you’ve read?

I will admit I found this a very difficult question.
Not that a book did not immediately come to mind.
I just could not, for the life of me, remember the title.
So I set about trying to figure it out.

One method was Googling "weird books".
And let me tell you, there are a lot of odd books out there.
Take a look at How to Teach Physics to Your Dog..."When physics professor Chad Orzel went to the pound to adopt a dog, he never imagined Emmy. She wasn't just a friendly mutt who needed a home; she was a talking dog with an active interest in what her new owner did for a living and how it could work for her."
Yes, that sound weird.
How about Does God Ever Speak Through Cats?..."a book about Christian spirituality and cats". Yep, definitely odd, don't you think. And now that I am a cat owner, I think I can say with some certainly the answer is no. Although, sometimes when he purrs...
Or how about Electricity in Gynecology by May Cushman Rice? I am not even going there. Not even with a ten foot grounding pole. Ouch!

So while I found a number of weird books, I was no closer to finding the one I was looking for.
Then it came to me.
Library Thing!!
I did a search of my library by reversed star ratings. It was the only book I gave one star to.

It is called Deadfolk by Charlie Williams. Here is the description on Amazon...
"Royston Blake is the head doorman of Hoppers Wine Bar & Bistro. He drives a Capri 2.8i and can walk down the street in Mangel knowing folks respect him. But now there’s a rumor out that Blake’s lost his bottle. Even Sal’s heard the rumour. What’s more, the Muntons are after him and the thought of ending up in the back of their Meat Wagon is almost too much to bear . . . Murder, mayhem and a chainsaw called Susan intertwine in this astonishing debut which marks the appearance of a funny and brutal new voice in British crime fiction."
Funny? No, I did not get the funny part. It was very weird. And very violent. And quite distasteful in my humble opinion.
While I was on Amazon I took a look at some of the reviews and I happened to see one that I thought captured my opinion to a tee. Which was not surprising when I saw it was my review. So I will repeat it here..
I read a lot of books.
And I would have to rate this as my least favorite of the year so far.
I only hope there is not one I come across that I like even less.

The dialect was almost indecipherable.
I honestly do not want to work that hard to try and read a book.
And the story, or what passed as a story, was totally weird and nasty and held little interest for me.
Criminals and thugs and violence all leading..nowhere.

My favorite part of the book was the big bug on the cover.
Which tells you something.
This is one I can not, in an way, recommend. I would rather read about those holy cats...or high voltage medical exams... than read Deadfolk again.


  1. Wow, interested but I do find that review rather amusing!!

  2. Not putting that one on my list!! Have a great week!

  3. I can name two writers who - in my opinion - write weird books, books i have started but have not been able to finish (for me this is a major sin but i forgave myself since these writers just made it impossible): Don DeLillo and Clive Barker (NOT all of his books, but there was one .. cant even think of the title as I repressed it because it was so awful)

  4. Great idea to excerpt some of the reviews....

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

  5. Interesting way to find out about odd books! And lol about How to Teach Physics to Your Dog.
    My MM post

  6. Geez, you did manage to find some gems in the world of the weird. I know the next time I see my oncologist for an exam, I will be haunted by that title "Electricity in Gynecology. Eeeeeuuuuuwwwwwww! Can't even begin to imagine how bad that book was if the bug on the cover was the best part of it.

    1. I do try and make life a bit more interesting for my

  7. Yikes, really does not sound like one worth reading.

  8. Haha! You make me laugh! I thought Gone Girl was pretty wild and I loved it, but weird usually causes me to DNF because I get confused. I am a simple-minded person it seems.

  9. Your post made me chuckle! I had a hard time picking a book, too.

  10. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Deadfolk sounds nauseating! Too bad you had to go through the experience of reading it.

  11. Reading about some of those titles, I'm wondering why I'm not a published author yet. (Oh yeah … maybe I need to write something!!!)


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