Graham C

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My absolute favorite genre to read is fiction.  I prefer short stories and novellas, little tales that go down quick and easy but leave you thinking later.  I have always been a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy, as I love getting lost in an unfamiliar world!  I very much appreciated the absurd and unexpected in literature."

jITTERBUG pERFUME BY TOM ROBBINS

“Jitterbug Perfume is an epic.
Which is to say, it begins in the forests of ancient Bohemia and doesn’t conclude until nine o’clock tonight (Paris time).
It is a saga, as well. A saga must have a hero, and the hero of this one is a janitor with a missing bottle.
The bottle is blue, very, very old, and embossed with the image of a goat-horned god. 
If the liquid in the bottle actually is the secret essence of the universe, as some folks seem to think, it had better be discovered soon because it is leaking and there is only a drop or two left.” - Penguin Random House

ARISE AND WALK BY BARRY GIFFORD

“If an author's ability to lay an indelible stamp on a particular time and place is any measure of merit, then Gifford deserves applause. The latest work by the author of Wild at Heart returns to the locale he's making increasingly his own--a sultry, sleazy Big Easy fueled by cheap bourbon and lit by the late-night glare of TV screens. Even the bit players in this teeming cast of hookers, cons and wildeyed street preachers rejoice in names like Wilbur ``Damfino'' Nougat or Coco Navajoa. As usual, Gifford's narrative structure sprawls as picturesquely as the French Quarter itself: a series of loosely connected vignettes bordering on the grotesque rather than a unified story line. Continuities of plot or character threaten to develop only to be interrupted by sudden swerves and flashes of random violence. The dominant theme of these lurid postcards from the bayou--the violence men do to women, and their brutal comeuppance at the hands of their victims--is keenly evoked by Marble Lesson, a visionary avenger in the Lorena Bobbit mode. Gifford's admirers will feast on this tangy jambalaya of assorted sins, while the unconverted may find that a little of his postmodern voodoo goes a long way ” -- Publishers Weekly

THE CRYING OF LOT 49 BY THOMAS PYNCHON


When her ex-lover, wealthy real-estate tycoon Pierce Inverarity dies and designates her the co-executor of his estate, California housewife Oedipa Mass is thrust into a paranoid mystery of metaphors, symbols, and the United States Postal Service. Traveling across Southern California, she meets some extremely interesting characters, and attains a not-inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.“ - Harper Collins

ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND/THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS BY LEWIS CARROL

“Original, experimental, and unparalleled in their charm, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There have enchanted readers for generations. The topsy-turvy dream worlds of Wonderland and the Looking-Glass realm are full of the unexpected: A baby turns into a pig, time stands still at a “mad” tea-party, and a chaotic game of chess turns seven-year-old Alice into a queen. These unforgettable tales—filled with sparkling wordplay and unbridled imagination—balance joyous nonsense with poignant moments of longing for the lost innocence of childhood.” -Penguin Random House