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Old 04-29-2008, 11:43 AM   #46
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Well, his How to be a Hermit has already been posted in our Book Uploads section.
(me goes immediately to download "How to be a Hermit". pff, like i need instructions.)
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:48 AM   #47
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_The Brass Ring_ the autobiography of Bill Mauldin (WWII _Stars and Stripes_ cartoonist)

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?s...4&archive=true

It's the most honest portrayal of life for the generation that saved the world.

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Well, his How to be a Hermit has already been posted in our Book Uploads section.
Wait, I thought this thread was on obscure books, not on books on obscurity.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:23 PM   #49
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Wait, I thought this thread was on obscure books, not on books on obscurity.
arg !!!
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:29 PM   #50
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arg !!!
Thank you! Thank you very much! I'm here all week.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:31 PM   #51
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and i won't hold you accountable, Bob, either.
Thanks, now I'll be able to sleep nights.

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Old 04-30-2008, 12:02 AM   #52
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Favorite semi-obscure titles in the public domain?

Just thought this thread might be fun if we listed favorite semi-obscure titles available freely online. (Or should this post be its own thread? Moderators?) Anyway, here's a few:

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Two Years Before the Mast -- Richard Henry Dana's true adventure about his journey to California in the 1830s. Lots of great description of the sailing life & early California. It's available in the forums here at MR.

John Macnab -- not about spies like John Buchan's other more famous novels (The 39 Steps, anyone?) but about some bored gentlemen getting together for some betting & poaching in the Highlands. Unexpectedly enjoyable. Including this may be a cheat, as it's only available free to folks who may legally use PG Australia. But I like Australia, so I thought I'd include this tip for any Australians who may be listening!

Lone Star Ranger -- Zane Grey. I'd never read him before but I'd only really heard about his Sackett novels. Possible inspiration for TV's Lone Ranger. Available here at MR.
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Old 04-30-2008, 12:04 AM   #53
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What? You want a separate thread just because you're posting on the nominal topic of this one?

Nope, you've put it in exactly the right place -- don't mind the rest of us, we're just nuts.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:21 AM   #54
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i mentioned Frigyes Karinthy earlier in this thread. i found a couple of texts by him online, in english translations.

it is uncertain whether these translations are in the public domain or not so i don't know whether i can upload them here, but in the meantime, you can read them online :
Please, Sir ! description from the bibliography here :
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A novel; an extremely humorous account of a schoolboy's life, it is a perennial favorite in Hungary.
(should interest Harry, at the least !)
there is also a short story, The Circus, in this collection of Hungarian short stories.

i have not yet read either of them, but as i said the other books i read by Karinthy were eminently worthwhile.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:06 PM   #55
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Codex Seraphinius, not much reading but still a damn nice book, expensive like hell...
http://www.archimedes-lab.org/Serafi/C_serafini.html
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Speaking of Hungarian literature, GÉZA CSÁTH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A9za_Cs%C3%A1th is also a good read. Magician's Garden was published in the USA 20 years ago or so.

Zelda Pinwheel, thank you so much for those online Hungarian titles.

I agree, that Will Cuppy is a classic.
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Old 05-01-2008, 03:58 PM   #57
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If you like black comedy, a book that is virtually forgotten today is Limbo by Bernard Wolfe. It was written in the early fifties and posits a future in which removing limbs and replacing them with prosthetics becomes the popular thing to do. Another is The Muller-Fokker Effect, by John Sladek. This is a wickedly funny book. Sladek was a fun writer. His writing could make you laugh and grimace at the same time. At least the hilarious Tik Tok is still in print. I think Terry Pratchett must be a big fan of Sladek, judging by some of his books.
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that one russian book published in english in 1926,"the land of sennikov" I think.You know,the one it was ILLEGAL to own in the US.
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Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson. And the rest of Childe Cycle they are a 1960's SF novels.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorsai!
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Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson. And the rest of Childe Cycle they are a 1960's SF novels.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorsai!
Would you really call "Dorai" an obscure book? It's one of the all-time classics of SF!
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