‘The Ship of Theseus’ is the creation of filmmaker, J.J Abrams and writer, Doug Dorst, and it’s a book to get excited about. When I opened it, I got the same feeling as when I used to browse my favourite antique/junk shop as a teenager, picking up a box brownie for five quid, an old suitcase, even a World War 2 gas mask. Just as those things were, this book is now a treasured possession. Continue reading A Book Within A Book Within A Book: Ship of Theseus
Well, remember yesterday, when I wrote about the exciting news of a Bristol academic cracking the code to the Oddest Book in the World…? Continue reading Or Maybe Not…
“I experienced a series of ‘eureka’ moments whilst deciphering the code, followed by a sense of disbelief and excitement when I realised the magnitude of the achievement…” Continue reading Code Cracked to Oddest Book Ever!
Written by a philosopher, a mystic, a coven of witches, or a muddle of martians? We may never know…
Carbon-dated to 1420, this enigmatic 240 page creation seems to document a forgotten culture in an unrecognisable language with dream-like illustrations. Some of the world’s most prominent cryptologists have tried—and failed—to decode the text.
If you’d like to have a go yourself, the whole thing is available online.
Take a look at this short film about why the Voynich Manuscript is truly a really Odd Bit of Writing!
Continue reading “The Oddest Book in the World”
FUN FACT : Not many people know that a collection of odd books is known as an ‘excitement’.
Here is today’s ‘excitement’. Stick any one of these on your bookshelf and you’ll never be without a conversation starter when guests come calling.
1. HOW TEA COSIES CHANGED THE WORLD
Though Tea is a Very Important Thing Indeed, I had no idea that tea cosies had actually changed the world, so this could be a real eye-opener. Was it really Helen of Troy’s fancy tea cosy that launched a thousand ships? Did Hitler decide to invade Poland because he thought they had better tea cosies? Maybe this odd book holds all the answers.
One reviewer, who gives the book 5 stars, declares:
“This book rocked my teapot!”Continue reading “An Excitement of Odd Books”
Stories by celebrated authors that will not be read for a hundred years. Continue reading The Sleeping Beauty Books
Writing a book? Want it to stand out? You could do worse than give it a really bizarre title. Continue reading Odd Books #3: Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop
If there was a guy who, according to his doctor, suffered from gout, a fatty liver, an enlarged heart, constipation and a swollen colon, would you seriously consider buying his recipe book? Continue reading Odd Books #2: Are you Hungry Tonight?
I’m breaking the chain of ‘Odd Writers’ to bring you the first ‘Odd Book’. In this series, I’ll be looking at bizarre book covers and attempting to find out if the inside is just as bizarre, or if there’s a healthy explanation for the madness on the outside!
The cover of ‘Everything I Want to Do is Illegal’ (picture found on Bored Panda) features a cartoon farmer who appears to be ranting at an array of surprised farm animals on a sunny day. It immediately made me worry about what he had planned for them, and I set out to track the book down on Goodreads and find out the real story. Continue reading “Odd Books #1: Everything I Want to Do is Illegal”
Seventeenth Summer by Margaret Daly (1942) is still being read and enjoyed today. Continue reading The First Ever YA Book?