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13 Weird and Unusual Novels

Strange and Unusual Novels to Add to Your Reading List

If you’re in the mood for something different, check out these strange and unusual novels. From mind-bending fiction to tales of the supernatural, these books will take you on a journey into the weird and wonderful. There’s no doubt that books are a strange and wonderful thing. From the mundane to the completely bizarre, they can cover any topic imaginable.

Ready to add some strange and unusual novels to your reading list? Whether you’re in the mood for a supernatural mystery, a domestic thriller, or a dark and twisted family drama, there’s something on this list for everyone. So curl up with a cup of tea and get ready to delve into some of the most captivating – and unsettling – books you’ve ever read.

Here are 13 weird and unusual novels that you won’t be able to put down!

1. “The Atrocity Exhibition” by J.G. Ballard

This experimental novel follows the thoughts and obsessions of a psychiatric patient as he becomes increasingly fixated on violence and death. Ballard’s prose is both challenging and beautiful, making for a truly unique reading experience.

2. ” House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski

This postmodern classic tells the story of a family who moves into a new house, only to find that it is far larger on the inside than it is on the outside. Danielewski’s innovative use of typography and layout adds an extra layer of weirdness to this already strange tale.

3. “The Raw Shark Texts” by Steven Hall

This mind-bending thriller follows a man who is being hunted by a predatory creature known as the “raw shark.” As he tries to piece together the mystery of the raw shark, he must also grapple with his own deteriorating mental state.

4. “The City & The City” by China Miéville

In this award-winning novel, two cities occupy the same space but are segregated from one another. When a body is found in one of the cities, a detective from the other city is brought in to investigate. Miéville’s unique vision creates a weird and wonderful world that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.

5. “The New York Trilogy” by Paul Auster

Auster’s trilogy of novels tells the story of a private investigator who becomes entangled in a series of strange and puzzling cases. These mysteries will keep you guessing until the very end.

6. “The Invention of Morel” by Adolfo Bioy Casares

This Argentine classic tells the story of a man who falls in love with a woman who is a product of an invention that can create perfect replicas of human beings. As their relationship deepens, the man begins to question the reality of the woman he loves.

7. “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield

Set in a decrepit country estate, this gothic novel tells the story of a reclusive writer who agrees to write the biography of another mysterious author. As she begins to uncover the secrets of her subject’s life, she also finds herself drawn into a dark and dangerous world.

8. “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell

Mitchell’s novel follows several different characters over the course of several decades. As their lives intersect and intertwine, a picture emerges of a battle between good and evil that has been waged throughout history.

9. “The World According to Garp” by John Irving

Irving’s novel follows the unconventional life of writer T.S. Garp. From his birth to his death, Garp leads a life that is full of weird and wonderful experiences.

10. “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Ignatius J. Reilly, a man who is completely out of step with the world around him. Toole’s hilarious and satirical look at life in New Orleans is sure to entertain and delight.

11. “The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading, look no further than M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Part sci-fi thriller, part coming-of-age tale, this novel follows a group of children who are being studied by scientists in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly fungus has turned most of humanity into zombies. At the center of the story is Melanie, a young girl who seems to be immune to the fungus. As she begins to learn more about the world around her, Melanie must decide whether to save humanity or destroy it.

12. “The Grownup” by Gillian Flynn

If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn’s (of Gone Girl fame), then you’ll want to add The Grownup to your reading list stat. This novella tells the story of a con artist who poses as a psychic medium in order to take advantage of gullible mourners. But when she meets one client who may be beyond her help, she must decide whether to face her own dark past or continue running from it. Trust us, you won’t be able to put this one down.

13. “Hausfrau” by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Jill Alexander Essbaum’s debut novel Hausfrau tells the story of Anna Benz, an American expat living in Switzerland with her doctor husband and their three young children. Bored and unhappy in her marriage, Anna embarks on a series of affairs that threaten to destroy her idyllic life. Told through a series of frank and often brutal vignettes, Hausfrau is a searing portrait of one woman’s search for meaning and connection in a world that often feels cold and empty.

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