Things Are About to Get Weird

Weird books are the best! Some of my favorite books are considered offbeat literature. Offbeat novels defy genre labels. They may contain elements of mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, horror, historical and/or general fiction. They usually feature an element of humor, often with a slightly sarcastic tone. Sometimes the main character is in on the joke, making light of the ridiculousness of what is happening around him or her. Other times, he or she is completely unaware of how absurd things are, leaving the reader to see the humor in the situation. Obscure references to pop culture, history, or literature frequently appear. Jasper Fforde’s novels are full of hilarious literary and cultural references such as characters Millon de Floss, Mycroft Next, Braxton Hicks, and Mr. Stiggins. Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy features an adult mash up of Narnia and Hogwarts. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis is a tribute to a Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Dog about a boating trip down the Thames.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary that will keep you guessing, check out some of these titles available at the Denton Public Library:

To Say Nothing of the Dog: or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis

The Rook by David O’Malley

The Magicians Lev Grossman

Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer by Jonathan Howard

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Christopher Hadden

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple


To Say Nothing of the Dog The Rook Magicians Johannes Cabal






Good Omens Eyre Affair Dirty Job






Hitchhiker's guide Curious Incident Bernadette


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