Travels of the Enu: Story of a Shipwreck by Jakov Lind

By Jakov Lind

Pseudonym of Austrian author Heinz Jakov Landwirth (1927-2007), within the united kingdom from 1954; his most renowned books – Eine Seele aus Holz (coll 1962; trans Ralph Manheim as Soul of wooden 1964) and Landschaft in Beton (1963; trans Ralph Manheim as panorama in Concrete 1964) – are ugly Satires in accordance with his reports as a Jew in hiding in the course of, and using a deep total wisdom of, global struggle . those works have evoked comparisons with Czech writers of interregnum and doom, Franz Kafka more often than not and Jaroslav Hasek (1883-1923), for the nice Soldier Schweik (1923); like just about all Czech writers of his set of brain, Lind is deadpan, blackly humorous, tremendous determined. past due novels – Travels to the Enu: tale of a Shipwreck (1982) and The Inventor (1987) – are sf; the 1st compactly combines extraordinary Voyage and Island Utopia, back applyi - See extra at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/lind_jakov#sthash.kKASRNmY.dpuf

from internal flap:
This booklet is a significant publishing occasion,
since it marks the reappearance o f a nice
writer, one o f the so much very important literary
figures o f the Sixties. And what a reappear­-
ance it is Travels to the Enu is a savage
satire, continuously hilarious and frequently fairly a
bit extra, modelled after quick, yet uniquely
a publication for this time.
Trapped on a excitement cruise in circum­-
stances tantamount to a mass hijack and
cast adrift on an island formerly recorded
only in the writings o f an eighteenth-
century Portuguese traveler, the hero of
Jakov Lind’s unique and provocative
story encounters a race o f women and men
whose affinities with the realm o f birds are
striking yet might be basically epidermis deep.

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Movie Title Typos: Making Movies Better by Subtracting One by Austin Light

By Austin Light

In Movie name Typos, artist Austin gentle gets rid of only one letter from a widely known motion picture name to encourage a stunning and hilarious visible situation. there is Obocop (a robot police officer works via his PTSD through enjoying delicate jazz), T. (a boy meets a jewelry-clad alien who pities fools), Harry Otter, The Princess and the Fro, Finding Emo, Pup Fiction, and lots of extra. a tremendous viral hit while he first published sketches of the paintings on-line (1.2 million hits within the first 6 hours), gentle has created new full-color illustrations for all, with nearly all of the book's content material by no means earlier than visible on the internet. here's a parallel universe glimpse at could-have-been motion pictures potentially better—definitely funnier—than the originals.

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Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives: Bizarre Warfare Through by Philip Sidnell

By Philip Sidnell

Which military used camels disguised as battle elephants? Which illustrious warlord used to be killed through a midget ninja hidden in his latrine? How did reside cows dropped through the Soviet air strength sink a eastern vessel? And simply what sort of weapon used to be the Bohemian Ear Spoon? those are only a number of the very important questions of army historical past spoke back during this ebook. 'Midget Ninja and Tactical Laxatives' is a light-hearted examine the most weird and wonderful incidents, most eldritch guns and strangest stratagems to be present in the annals of struggle. Drawn from all classes of background there's something the following for each reader with an curiosity in army historical past and/or a feeling of humor. a few of the sections integrated: conflict Elephants and the way to prevent Them (including the notorious blazing pigs)Ignominious Deaths (e.g. the midget ninja within the latrine)A lost experience of Honor (e.g. the sniper who allow George Washington live)Suicide Missions (e.g. mass suicide as a diversion tactic and a case of self-decapitation)Weird and beautiful guns: (such because the WW2 bat bomb -with actual bats)Stranger issues take place at Sea (e.g. million-ton ice ships and loss of life by way of blocked toilet)God is on our part (of omens, oracles and the traditional conflict stopped via a UFO)An military Marches on its abdominal (e.g. the tactical use of laxatives and the Greek military immobilized for three days through hallucinogenic honey)

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Sloth: The Seven Deadly Sins by Wendy Wasserstein

By Wendy Wasserstein

Seven writers were invited to contemplate the seven lethal sins, and the implications are being released in a promising sequence of small, cleverly illustrated, and, to this point, scintillating volumes.

Not as stirring as lust, as passable as gluttony or as maddening as anger, sloth hardly instructions the passionate consciousness that the opposite six lethal sins do. due to Wasserstein, even if, sloth eventually will get its due. In a hilarious parody of self-help manuals, she bargains a book-inside-a-book how-to guide—Sloth: and the way to Get It—on residing a cheerful and guilt-free slothful lifestyles. step one in changing into a sloth is to go into into "lethargiosis," a nation which "breaks the cycle of extra strength and kept dreams." Her advisor recommends a two-week process slowly disposing of job by means of counting task grams and limiting your day-by-day gram consumption. She chides overachievers like Shakespeare and provides a sloth mantra: "S: sit down rather than stand, L: permit your self pass, O: Open your mouth, T: Toil not more, H: Happiness is inside me." Sloths in education will examine the ten commandments of sloth ("Do no longer wash," "Do now not fresh up"), the pinnacle 10 lies approximately sloth ("Sloth results in psychological atrophy") in addition to innovations for preserving slothfulness via nutrition, paintings (when you'll want to do it) and intercourse. Wasserstein's rapid-fire comedian prose bargains the right satire on a tradition that regularly invents extra methods of relocating much less (television remotes, mobile phones) with a purpose to be blissfully slothful.

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The Hard Life by Flann O'Brien

By Flann O'Brien

Younger orphans, Finbarr and Manus, are taken into the family of the eccentric Mr Collopy the place they grew up surrounded via the smells of excellent whiskey and undesirable cooking. Manus proves to be a company genius, and this expertise takes him from educating humans to stroll the tightrope by means of correspondence path to the Vatican.
The maximum satirical Irish author of the twentieth-century turns his awareness to the garrulous Irish and vividly captures the wit, extravagance and glory in their speak.

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The Grasshopper King by Jordan Ellenberg

By Jordan Ellenberg

Chandler country collage is the single factor holding the dusty, Western city of Chandler at the map. Now that its basketball application has fallen aside, CSU’s in basic terms declare to repute is its Gravinics division, devoted to the examine of an vague eu country—its mythology, its terribly tough language, and particularly its extraordinary big name poet, Henderson. Having stumbled on Henderson’s poetry in a trash bin, Stanley Higgs turns into the major pupil of the poet’s paintings, accepts a place at Chandler nation college, achieves overseas educational reputation, marries the Dean’s daughter, and unexpectedly stops conversing. With all of academia confident that Higgs is formulating an excellent fact, the collage employs Orwellian concepts to checklist Higgs’s each power utterance and to save lots of its acceptance. A feckless Gravinics language scholar, Samuel Grapearbor, along with his long-suffering female friend Julia, is employed to observe Higgs in the course of the day. Over never-ending video games of checkers and shared sandwiches, a uniquely silent friendship develops. As one guy struggles to develop up and the opposite grows outdated, The Grasshopper King, in all of his glory, emerges.In this debut novel approximately treachery, demise, academia, marriage, mythology, heritage, and actually terrible poetry, Jordan Ellenberg creates a global whole with its personal geography, obscene folklore, and absurdly endearing -characters—a global the place arcane topics flourish and the smallest swerve from conference may end up in -immortality.Jordan Ellenberg was once born in Potomac, Maryland in 1971. His brilliance as a mathematical prodigy resulted in a characteristic within the nationwide Enquirer, an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS’s Nightwatch, and gold medals on the Math Olympiad in Cuba and Germany. he's now an Assistant Professor of Math at Princeton college and his column, "Do the Math," looks usually within the on-line magazine Slate. this is often his first novel.

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Dark Humor and Social Satire in the Modern British Novel by Lisa Colletta

By Lisa Colletta

Literary modernism normally makes a speciality of the writings of self-consciously avant-garde writers who tried to wreck with literary and aesthetic varieties inherited from the nineteenth-century. This view of Modernism has ignored a lot of the social comedy of the interval, assessing it as satiric and as a result conservative, reinforcing the very cultural values it units out to critique. reading the paintings of Virginia Woolf, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Evelyn Waugh, and Anthony Powell in mild of psychoanalytic theories of joke-work and gallows humor, Colletta claims that darkish humor is a crucial attribute of Modernism.

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Feng-Shui Junkie by Brian Gallagher

By Brian Gallagher

Julie, lately married, returns domestic early from a vacation together with her ally. She is a profitable expert, proud of her husband Julian and making plans a relations. whilst she discovers that her husband has moved in his mistress whereas she was once away, every little thing alterations in a cut up moment. Glancing out the balcony window, she spies her husband sunbathing by way of the swimming pool subsequent to a blonde lady, who's deeply engaged in Zen meditation.

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