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thedrumdoctor
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Your favorite absurd books?
I'm currently reading Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut, and I'm just in love with far-out, off the wall absurd ideas. Which absurd books would you reccomend?


Philzilla2k
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
The Illuminatus! Trilogy


Ace Midnight
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
I would say that Catch-22 and Hitchhiker's Guide fall into this broad category. Still the best comedy novels of all time, IMHO.


Douglas Quaid
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
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Sirens of Titan


My favorite Vonnegut.


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thedrumdoctor
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
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Hitchhiker's Guide

I’ve read that about a decade ago and really enjoyed it. I’ll probably re-read it again soon.

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quote: Sirens of Titan My favorite Vonnegut.

My first Vonnegut novel. I am looking forward to reading Cat’s Cradle soon.
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auyushu
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
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would say that Catch-22 and Hitchhiker's Guide fall into this broad category. Still the best comedy novels of all time, IMH


These two and Terry Prachetts discworld novels are definitely the ones I would suggest for this catagory.


Dave Berry's Big Trouble and Carl hiassen's first 4 or 5 novels are also quite good in the absurdist humor genre.


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MSTiger33
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
Space Team and Critical Failures audiobooks


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AUveritas
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
The Stench of Honolulu by Jack Handey


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Kafka
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
Books like Sirens of Titan and Catch-22, the ideas may be absurd but the writing itself is fairly conventional. I thought you meant something like this:

quote:

The creek was made narrow by little green trees that grew too close together. The creek was like 12,845 telephone booths in a row with high Victorian ceilings and all the doors taken off and all the backs of the booths knocked out.

Sometimes when I went fishing in there, I felt just like a telephone repairman, even though I did not look like one. I was only a kid covered with fishing tackle, but in some strange way by going in there and catching a few trout, I kept the telephone in service. I was an asset to society.

I waded about seventy-three telephone booths in. I caught two trout in a little hole that was like a wagon wheel. It was one of my favorite holes, and always good for a trout or two. I always like to think of that hole as a kind of pencil sharpener. I put my reflexes in and they came back out with a good point on them.

There was a bowl of goldfish next to the bed, next to the gun. How religious and intimate the goldfish and the gun looked together.

They had a good world going for them. He had such a soft voice and manner that he worked as a private nurse for rich mental patients. He made good money when he worked, but sometimes he was sick himself. He was kind of run-down. She was still working for the telephone company, but she wasn't doing that night work anymore.


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re: Your favorite absurd books?
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The Illuminatus! Trilogy


The weirdest thing I've ever read, and a whole lot of fun. My pick as well.

Terry Pratchett has been mentioned and is very good, Chris Moore is similar in some ways and almost as good.

Tom Robbins needs a mention - excellent writer with some weird ideas. Still Life With Woodpecker and Jitterbug Perfume are both excellent and there are other good ones.



Macavity92
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
1Q84 or The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Murakami.


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Loubacca
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
I enjoy Christopher Buckley.


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Rockbrc
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
The Hawkline Monster- brautigan


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Ace Midnight
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
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I’ve read that about a decade ago and really enjoyed it. I’ll probably re-read it again soon.


If you haven't read the Dirk Gentley books, I can recommend them if you are a fan of Adams. He didn't write a ton, but what he did sticks with you.


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White Roach
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
Little Big Man and the sequel, which I think is called Return of Little Big Man but might be something different.


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Fedorkuzmich
Member since May 2019
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re: Your favorite absurd books?

Edward Whittemore
Sinai Tapestry (The Jerusalem Quartet Book 1)
Jerusalem Poker ( The Jerusalem Quartet Book 2)

On the last day of December 1921, three enigmatic men -- Cairo Martyr, a blue-eyed African who controls the Middle East's supply of aphrodisiac mummy dust; O'Sullivan Beare, a former Irish patriot and gunrunner who has made a fortune selling spurrious, phallic-shaped Christian artifacts; and Mark Szondi, a dedicated Zionist who wagers only fried fish futures -- sit down to a fateful game of poker in the back room of a Jerusalem antiquities shop owned by a 3000-year-old knight errant. The Great Jerusalem Poker Game as it came to be called, would last twelve years and had as its stake nothing less than control of Jerusalem itself...


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OldTigahFot
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
Candide - Voltaire

It is disgustingly crude in some parts but the sharp satire will keep you laughing.



HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: Your favorite absurd books?
A clockwork orange.

the rape of the lock



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