Tag Archives: Offbeat

Skinny Legs and All
Tom Robbins

Skinny Legs and All is, without a doubt, Tom Robbins’ best novel, and is well worth reading. If you read nothing else by Tom Robbins, read this book. I highly recommend it…

Naked Lunch
William S. Burroughs

Naked Lunch, in form and content, challenges the very notion of what a novel is. When something so radically different comes along, anyone who has ever read a novel must react to it…

Villa Incognito
Tom Robbins

I’m a big fan of Tom Robbins, but this, I’m sorry to say, is not his best effort. Unless you’re a fan of Tom Robbins, this is one to skip…

The Western Lands
William S. Burroughs

I can’t think of a less fair introduction to William S. Burroughs than this atrocious nightmare…

Still Life with Woodpecker
Tom Robbins

Still Life with Woodpecker is about a red-headed bomber (terrorist?) named Switters, a.k.a. the Woodpecker. He meets up with a red-headed cheerleader, and they fall in kind of love (and, yes, I wanted to write that that way)…

Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five is about Billy Pilgrim, a POW in WWII who, along with other POW’s, finds shelter in a slaughterhouse (hence the name) while Dresden is being bombed…

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
Jan Potocki

I just now finished reading The Manuscript Found in Saragossa, and am truly astounded. This is a fantastic book that no one ever seems to talk about. If you don’t read any further, then read this, and take these words to heart: if you are a fan of fiction, I guarantee that you will enjoy this book…

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Tom Robbins

I don’t know why this was my least favorite of Tom Robbins’ pre-2000 novels…

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
Tom Robbins

One can describe the plot of a Tom Robbins book, but simply saying that the book is a Tom Robbins book is quite enough…

Jitterbug Perfume
Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume is about an ancient king of Bohemia who sets out to discover (and, in fact, does discover) the secret to eternal life and youth…