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15 Weird Books to Completely Blow Your Mind ...

By Heather

I read a lot, I mean a ton, but there are just some books out there that are so messed up, so weird and so strange that I had to write them all down. If you are looking for something weird, if you are looking for something twisty, this list of books is it.

1 Flatland - a Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin a. Abbott

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This book is only about 80-pages and it is so strange! It was written by an obscure English clergyman and it really dives deep into the adventures of A. Square, who lives in a two-dimensional world and who is lifted up to space. Such a great and – weird read!

2 Labyrinths - Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges

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Each story in this book really has a way of lodging itself right into your brain and staying there forever. I still find myself flipping through the pages of this particular book. I love, love it.

3 The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell

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If you read the Table of Contents in this book, it will tell you the story in a nutshell: a hunter, a mermaid, a baby, a bear, a lynx and a boy. Each member of the family is constructed in just the right way and you can really see the magic in this book.

4 The Well at the World's End by William Morris

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When I first started this story, I had no idea that I was diving into a fairytale for adults. This story is all about the adventures of Ralph. He is the youngest of four princes and he ventures from the small kingdom he was raised in out into the wider world. Everything about his relationships are deeply sexual and he is drawn to the well at the World's End. Beautiful book!

5 Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

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This is not an easy read, but it is definitely one that is amazing. It moves from the literal world into fantasy, from demons to people with mold growing, from anal sex to addicts. It's VERY clearly written and definitely informative. Read it girls!

6 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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If you haven't seen the movie, read the book first! This is a nightmare vision of the future, where all of the criminals take over after dark. It's told by the main character Alex and it is twisty and dark. I love, love this book!

7 Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

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You are either going to love it or hate it. You won't understand everything and it is definitely one you will reread a hell of a lot of times, but it is a masterpiece and worth the effort. Try it!

8 Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter

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This book is very well known, too well-known to really be on this list - it even won a Pulitzer Prize. It's playful, it's weird and there isn't another book like it. It is by far one of the strangest books I've ever read. Its main aim is to use the drawings of M. C. Escher paired with the music of J.S. Bach to illuminate Godel's theorem, which is one of the strangest achievements in history.

9 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

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With awesome reviews, this book is a no brained for this list. A salesman turned insect sounds completely out of this world, but it's actually a deeper meaning that you've got to read to understand.

10 The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. by Robert Coover

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So, I am not big into baseball or sports in general but this book? You read it and it is so surreal, you read the line: "The dice rattled in Henry's fist, tumbled out on the kitchen table: crack! hard grounder." and suddenly you aren't in the game, you are rolling dice and you are inside the head of the main character, Henry.

11 Curious Reality: from the World of "Spilt Milk" by D.K. Cassidy

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This book is all about fantasy and normalcy, it's all about past deeds. It's a beautiful story and one that you won't be able to put down.

12 Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

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The main character, Buster 'Rant' Casey was the most efficient serial killer. He moves from small town to big city where he becomes the leader of Party Crashing. This amazing mind-bending vision of the future is a true Chuck Palahniuk novel.

13 The Green Child by Herbert Read

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This book is a mixture of fantasy and reality. It moves from the English countryside all the way to the South American pampas. It is a moving, exciting story that is alive with poetry and still has an other-worldly suspense.

14 A Void by Georges Perec

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I don't know how they wrote this book. I'm being serious. There is not a SINGLE 'e' in this book. It's a murder mystery book without the letter 'e'. How? HOW?

15 The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow by Opal Whiteley

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You want a weird book? This one is weird and haunting! It was a best-seller in 1920 and it's a childhood diary of a very unusual and strange 6 year old girl. It is open, it has some schizophrenia in it and it is remarkable.

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