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Weird Book Room

Weird Book Room
Welcome to AbeBooks' Weird Book Room - heralded by the New York Times, Canada's Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Guardian (UK) as the finest source of everything that's bizarre, odd and downright weird in books. Everyone's talking about it - author Neil Gaiman is even tweeting about it, posting a link and suggesting his followers: "Go to this link and gaze on the titles and be made happy. Trust me. It'll work". With new titles added periodically - including five recently-added, delightfully odd books about tractors - we have an excellent selection of crazy and strange titles for sale by our booksellers, about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine (and a few things you couldn't). We invite you to not only revel in our collection of literary oddities but to also send us your suggestions. Thanks to everyone who has submitted weird books! Related:  To read lists

Flame Painter Flame Painter Gallery Flame Painter is a unique paint program, it belongs to my 'I am an Artist' experimental project. I think with tools which inspires you, everyone can be an artist. You can try it here, change different brush settings and paint your own flame paintings. When you change the background from black to white, the palette changes from additive to subtractive and the feeling of the painting is very different. It's not easy to explain all brush parameters, so I leave this for your experimentation. Tools: Click here for Flame Help in German . COLOR - brush color SATURATION - brush saturation OPACITY - brush opacity C - color cycling [ on | off ] P - color per pixel [ on | off ] FADE - fade in/out [ on | off ] SIZE - brush size SOFT - brush softness CENTER - global forces FOCUS - local forces CHAOS - very chaotic parameter NOISE - crazy noise parameter ERASER - eraser tool SAVE - opens painting in a new popup window for saving (press Right Button > Save Picture As...)

Required Reading: 10 Books We Read For Class That Will Change Your Life No summer, no matter how sunny and fun-filled, can last forever, as kids must painfully remember every year with the return of back-to-school shopping and early-morning alarms. Now that back-to-school season has rolled around once again, kids everywhere are engaging in a time-honored ritual: pulling out the school summer reading lists they've been ignoring since June and groaning with dismay and panic. But it doesn't have to be that way! Sometimes reading books we're assigned to read, rather than those we would pick up on our own, can be a blessing rather than a curse. It can lead us to unexpected treasures, introduce us to unfamiliar and unexpected points of view, and challenge us in surprising ways. HuffPost Entertainment's team rounded up their absolute favorite required reading from their school years and revealed what made those assigned books so memorable. What about yours? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Mrs.

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life 23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should 21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read every hot new book. Between near-constant recommendations of amazing memoirs, new sequels and a terrifyingly long list of bookmarked Internet longreads, it can be stressful to choose what you should pick up next. Knowing which classics you’re missing from your reading repertoire is easy — it’s a little harder to remember what you’ve missed from three years ago. We’ve done a little bit of the hard work for you (or maybe just increased your book stress... sorry) by pulling together a list of incredible titles from the past few years that you should add to the pile on your bedside table. Here are 21 books published in the past 5 years that all women should read: What would you add to our list? HuffPostWomenFollow On Also on HuffPost: Readers Share: Books Every Woman Should Read Amazon

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written Twenty-one more books every teenager should read Every 16-year-old girl needs to read King Kong Theory, Virginie Despentes’s punk coming-of-age memoir, because lurking in every teenage girl’s breast is the beating, bloody heart of a rebel, waiting to make her own choices. Despentes’s book shows how – and why – women must define their own rules for life, and, even more important, it shows that making a mistake is not the worst thing you can do; conforming is.Chelsea G Summers, writer A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith because it’s about feminism and living your dream; and love and heartbreak; and combating sexual harassment, and strong women and families, and it’s just so good, forever.Jen Doll, author of Save the Date The Sex Myth by Rachel Hills. I generally think everyone ought to read as much Margaret Atwood as possible. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston’s coming of age story of a young black girl a generation after slavery, is gorgeous and feminist before feminism. SEX by Heather Corinna.

80 Books Every Person Should Read 1 of 88 Michiko Kakutani, @michikokakutani Chief book critic for The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winner, and perhaps the only person on earth with the guts to call the work of Philip Roth "flimsy" and that of John Updike "cringe-making." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 of 88 The Great Gatsby, by F. The author's darkly luminous masterpiece: the original novel about the American Dream—and the most beautifully written, ever. $9, 3 of 88 Beloved, by Toni Morrison The horrors of slavery are made harrowingly real in a remarkable novel that possesses the intimacy of real life and the epic power of myth. $9, 4 of 88 One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The master of magical realism conjured the town of Macondo, where the miraculous and the monstrous are equally part of daily life, and in doing so, mythologized the history of an entire continent. $10, 5 of 88 As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner $8, 6 of 88 Underworld, by Don DeLillo

7 Standalone Novels for Science Fiction Lovers Recently, we published a list of standalone novels for fantasy lovers. But you know what else comes in series? Science fiction. For some reason, it’s slightly easier to find standalone science fiction than it is to find a standalone epic fantasy, but sci-fi is published in trilogies and series almost as often as fantasy is. And that’s fine, but sometimes you might not want to spend three books on the same spaceship or reading about the same intergalactic family drama. For this list, I stuck to some of the same rules as I did for the fantasy list. Okay. Anyway, here are seven books for you. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Binti is a brilliant young Himba, a girl from the deserts of Africa, and the first of her people to be accepted into a prestigious offworld university. Dancing With the Dead by Charles Freedom Long Earth has recently made contact with other species, but the aliens don’t trust us (do you blame them?). Anathem by Neal Stephenson Orleans by Sherri Smith Arkwright by Allen Steele

7 Standalone Novels for Fantasy Lovers Like misfortunes, fantasy novels rarely come singly. Maybe it’s because the great grand-daddy of the genre, J.R.R. Tolkien, wrote a trilogy with an in-universe standalone novel and collection of related material. Maybe it’s just good business to write a series. Whatever the reason, it can feel like a commitment to pick up a new fantasy. Unless of course, that book is the rarest of all speculative novels — a stand-alone. Stand-alone fantasy novels are beautiful things. If you like your fantasy to come packaged in one convenient volume, here is a list of one-book fantasies. (Full disclosure, guys: I haven’t read all of them yet. For this list, I stuck to two rules. Uprooted by Naomi Novik Named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR, Uprooted is a fairy tale featuring a peasant girl, a kingdom in danger, wizards, and the deep, dark woods. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord Redemption in Indigo, which won Barbados’s Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award in 2008, follows Paama.