I'm always looking for fiction that is a little different, something that makes me think, why didn't I think of that? Or, wow, what a great idea!
Whilst scouring a charity shop for such gems last week, I came across a splashproof book by Kathy Lette. All Steamed Up was a limited edition book given away free by Radox in 2009, and is full of Lette's usual hilarious humour. At 38 pages, it's not a long book, and I was able to read it whilst taking my bath last night. What a pleasure it was, being able to take a nice long soak in the bath tub and read, without the worry of ruining what I was reading. There are no free copies left now, but I'm sure someone wil be selling one on eBay or Amazon.
I can't remember where I read about Woman's World by Graham Rawle, but it has been on my Amazon wish list for a few months now. Having just received a £50 cheque for a photograph and beauty-tip for Take a Break (if you've never tried earning money through writing reader letters and submitting tips, try it; it's the easiest money you'll ever make), I decided to treat myself to few books off my wish list.
Woman's World is a graphic novel, with a twist. The author wrote a rough draft of his book in the usual way, but then collected all the individual fragments of text that he needed from early 1960's women's magazines. He then spent another two years cutting and gluing the text together to form every page of his book. In all, it took him five years to complete the process. Now, that is dedication.
Another of the books I decided to treat myself to is Shatnerquake by Jeff Burk. I came across this book a couple of days ago, after reading an article about Bizarro fiction. I must admit I'd never heard of the Bizarro fiction genre - where the author writes something that is just weird. Although the Amazon reviews for Shatnerquake are not too encouraging, a novel featuring William Shatner and all the characters he has ever played seemed like too much fun to pass up. I'll give you an honest opinion when I've finished reading it.
That's it for my books with a difference for today. Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear about any books that are original, inventive, or just plain wacky.