Kindle Crack: The Literary Edition, Featuring Thomas Pynchon, Umberto Eco, G. W. Sebald, and More

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The opening poem is a clever little lick based on the tune to “Off to See the Wizard” from The Wizard of Oz. The second features an interesting palate of shifting perspectives, but I haven’t been able to dig further yet. Helen Dewitt’s fiction reads sort of like David Foster Wallace’s, and I’m sure it’s a fantastic collection. For the price, it’s bound to be worth the dive.

Although it’s not “weird” per se, everything by G. W. Sebald is certainly unusual. Blending fiction and historical elements with an encyclopedic historical vision, Sebald’s narratives are intoxicatingly beautiful and delightfully disorienting. I’ve read The Rings of Saturn and Vertigo, an both were more than enough to convince me that The Emigrants will not disappoint.

Durrell’s controversial first novel was heavily influenced by Henry Miller. Some folks might take the Miller influence negatively, but this is certainly better than anything I’ve read by Miller so far. It’s weird, dark, oddly fascinating, and definitely a good buy for the price.

Okay, this isn’t “weird fiction” in the slightest, but it’s a fascinating glossary featuring detailed explanations of a whole range of poetic concepts. This is a must have for anyone who is interested in taking literature seriously, and I’d stand behind Hirsch’s book even if it went for double it’s USUAL price. At less than four bucks, this is a no-brainer.

Gravity’s Rainbow is a classic, duh. That doesn’t mean I’ve ever been able to finish it, but I hope to, along with Joyce’s Ulysses. Also like Ulysses, Gravity’s Rainbow is famously one of the most difficult novels ever written. Love it or hate it, this mobi file features hours, months, even years of material to mull over. All for a buck ninety-nine? Yup. Get this.

Again, it’s not exactly “weird,” but damn it’s good. If you enjoy heady novels about books, snag this one. Also, fans of the medieval period will find much to enjoy, as well as lovers of mystery and strangeness. There really is too much to say about this book in so short a space. Trust me when I say at this price, it’s a steal. Buy it now, thank me later.

Near to the Wild Heart is the only long work I’ve read by Lispector yet, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s strange, intoxicating, frustrating at times, but in a well-worth-the-effort sort of way. This novel is like a pleasant fever; for the price, it’s a truly great buy.

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