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Great Literature for Free!

Paul has decided to embrace the new "work for free" business model of the 21st Century and is giving away one of his books. So get it while you can! It's available as a download either from Barnes and Noble or Amazon (and Amazon UK).

You can read more details about the book and exactly why he's giving it away over at his other blog, The Inferior4.

Chasing the Queen of Sassi
A science fiction story set in one of the oldest cities in the world.
After his wife's death, Rupert decides to change his life and start your journey: he wants to see Matera again, and ends up loving it so much that he decides to move there. But the city is mysterious: who is the beautiful Daeria Bruno that appears and disappears without a trace? And how will the cucibocca's curse affect his life? In a dizzying series of time travels, Rupert will reveal legendary secrets, being at the center of a timeless story.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 14, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Literature, Books

A Pig Story

I don't know whether this book will really "provoke thinking," but the cover could definitely provoke nightmares. Available from Amazon.

Book description:
A future pig, adopted by a loving family, can communicate through brain-wave actuation via a gadget called b-prompter. Her education of a pet’s place in human society brings her from self-awareness to cannibalism of pig eating pork. Her master’s experience of overseas female enslavement opens her mind to the existence of cruelty and unfairness among humans. Her aspiration to follow her Mistress’ career as an architect is discouraged by virtue of her being a pig.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Sep 07, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Books

The Secret Museum of Mankind


What did you receive if you answered this ad and paid their fee?

Five books of odd photos. All now digitized and awaiting your perusal here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 11, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Books, 1930's

God’s Cartoonist

Everything you ever wanted to know about the famous Jack Chick and his pamphlets.

Johnson Smith Catalog Item #31


From the 1930s catalog.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 21, 2014 | Comments (16)
Category: Etiquette and Formal Behavior, Johnson Smith Catalog, Sexuality, Books, 1930's

Pregnant by Morning

It's not exactly the most romantic title ever. Available from Amazon

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Books, Romances

Mouse: A Taxidermy Workshop Manual

"If you've ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mice, then this book is for you."

Available as an ebook from Amazon. Or you can get the book and a taxidermy workshop kit from the author's website.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Mar 19, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Books

Fox in Socks Audio

From a 1966 vinyl record, featuring the voice of Robby the Robot.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Feb 06, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Languages, Pop Art, Surrealism, Books, 1960's

The world’s smallest book

It's titled "Shiki no Kusabana," which means "Flowers of Seasons." It's 22 pages long, written in Japanese and Chinese scripts, and features 12 line drawings of flowers. Also, it measures less than a millimeter in height and width.

It's not available on Amazon. []

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Dec 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: World Records, Books
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