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hm... good question, I don't know. When I try to think of ones it strikes me I have not read that many very odd.

I came to think of Sagan om isfolket, which is not just one, but around 46(?) shorter books in a series. There are not that strange one and each, they are pretty quickly written romantic, historic, with some magic and ghosts and herbremedies etc. But it is 46 books, and it follows a family generation after generation from the 1500s to the 70s or so I think, (and the branches extends from the beginning in northern Norway to Denmark and Sweden, and sometimes over more of Europe and Russia too), which I have never come across like that before, when I had just read it I could sit and look for long at the family tree in the beginning of the book and see all those destinies and how they connected and connected to the world and how it was changing.

Some books with strange things happening, and strange choices and behaviours of people is books of Erland Loe, not sure which of them, there is one with a man quitting his job and focusing on throwing a ball (edit: realised this could be read at making a party with dance, I meant just throwing a round thing) instead, one with a man moving out into the forest and making friends with a moose, one with a family going on vacation and the father having an unhealthy obsession with Nigella the tv-chef...

One that was written in an unusual way was called We came over the sea or something like that, it was about the japanese emmigrating to the US, and the book was written like a long poem of sorts, using We instead of I,"We did this, we did that, then the all did that to us and we felt that..." it was like a stream of voices from times passed, I really liked it.

I also came to think of a strange icelandic book, it is about a woman collecting books she finds in trashcans and elsewhere in Reykjavik, and she has a forest within, a bit like a mind palace I guess, then there is something of a love story of kinds, with a dollmaker woman, and I don't want to spoil the ending but it is tragic and scary and strange. I think it qualifies because I got drawn into her world, and it didn't feel so strange while reading.

Don't know if it could count as a novel, but as many folklore stories and mythologies, the Poetic edda was really strange to me. A lot of mythology feels like things the mind makes up in dreams, odd things happening left and right and all just nod and accept it as though there's nothing off about it.

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I haven't read a lot of weird novels and so this is probably underwhelming, but I think it was a novel called The Flounder...and the narrator was immortal and so he had to live through the entire history and destruction of the human species? If I remember right...or he was a ghost? I don't want to give spoilers.

Oh Wikipedia has an article about it: The Flounder - Wikipedia It's written in 1977 by Gunter Grass.

I think I got it for free in one of the discards--that's how I've come by a lot of the things I've read, and why I'm so smarts. :cool: Free books and 25 cent piles.

But it was memorable and interesting to me. I was also a teen so I would probably analyze it more now. I don't even remember thinking about gender when I read it, which is what the Wikipedia article seems to notice. But I remember getting into it and a bit about root vegetables and seal-like creatures.

I think what made it weird was the evolution of humanity and the reasons for the downfall...and was just weird. lol

Grass said, "The Flounder is about women and food, but it is also about women and war, including what women have done against war – unfortunately, mostly silence." Regarding his view on the human sexes and its influence on the novel, Grass said, "Most women who read the book all the way through like it. Those in the women's liberation movement who say there is no difference between men and women don't like it. I like the difference – I hate those who don't like the difference between men and women."[1]
The key theme of the book is of woman's historical contributions in both fact and fiction, ranging from the early goddesses of the matriarchial Stone Age society by the Vistula River, to the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale, "The Fisherman and His Wife", to the novel’s contemporary "women’s' libbers" (as phrased in the English translation). The Flounder plays a central role as agent and provocateur in the cause of one or the other sex throughout.
Writing process
Grass came up with the idea for the book while campaigning in the late 1960s for the politician Willy Brandt. He said that during the campaign, he was "constantly being bombarded by second-hand language." He got an urge to write what would become The Flounder, and took five years to complete the novel.[2]
He rewrote the more than 500-page novel three times. Grass has said his structure of nine chapters was deliberate, to "pay homage to the nine months of pregnancy." At the same time, he has acknowledged tweaking some aspects of radical feminism.[3]
The novel was published in August 1977 through Luchterhand, with a first edition of 100,000 copies. One of Luchterhand's ways to market the book was to send out 4000 preview copies to selected people. Grass toured extensively with public readings of the book during the eight weeks leading up to the release; upon the publication date, Grass had read extracts for a total of 10,000 people. The book dominated the German bestseller chart for several months.[4] By October 1977, nearly 250,000 copies had been sold.[5] An English translation by Ralph Manheim was published in the United Kingdom and United States in November 1978.[6]
In 1983 the interpolated poems were published together with etchings as Ach Butt, dein Märchen geht böse aus: Gedichte und Radierungen; a bilingual edition with the same title came out in 1999.[7]
William Cloonan of Boston Review wrote that The Flounder marks a new direction in Grass' writing, partially because it is not concerned with World War II like the author's previous books:
But Grass's other concerns, his strengths, and weaknesses, are very much in evidence. Foremost among them is the tension between his pedagogical and artistic instincts. The Flounder is Grass's teacher par excellence and with him the question, hinted at in Local Anaesthetic, 'can one trust one's teacher,' is explicit." Cloonan also wrote: "With the Flounder, Gunter Grass creates a character whose combination of intelligence, amorality, self-irony, and curiosity makes him almost the equal of Oskar [in The Tin Drum]. Indeed, there is much brilliant writing in The Flounder. For a writer justly famous for extended humorous and grotesque scenes, Grass also has a flair for one-liners.[8]
Herbert Mitgang of the New York Times noted that the novel was about "women, men and the state of the world" and since all are controversial, so was the reaction to Grass' novel. It defies an easy summary, as the narrator tells of his many lives as a husband, including as a lover to 11 women cooks.[3]
A reviewer for Kirkus Reviews argued that “the bulk and density can drown you. To Grass' credit, however, he's thrown himself totally into this novel (as he hasn't done in a while). Ambitious readers can plunge into this Hood-like phantasmagoria of the battle-of-the-sexes; all readers can stand on the shore and admire some of Grass' inventive ripples.”[9]

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I haven't read many, but The Master and Margarita is pretty bizarre. It begins with a random decapitation on like the third page, it jumps back and forth between Soviet Russia and Judea and one of the characters is a talking cat who plays chess.

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A love story that everyone (most) think it’s a horror story.
It‘s not written in a normal form—straight text from top of page down.
It has documentary in it that is scattered.
The text can be upside down; little notes: footnotes with footnotes; pages that make one turn them in a circle or this way and that; etc.—nothing, not one thing normal about it, including the plot…
It was damn fascinating to read!

(look at the wikipedia page)
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Can't decide if it's because I don't pick weird novels or that not a lot is weird when one enables the suspension of disbelief. Or maybe a bit of both, especially when a fave genre and subgenres are fantasy, sci-fantasy and space opera. There can be crossover horror elements to them too, although slice and dice, especially when people take dumb actions isn't my thing.

Oddly, one novel that I adored was about entities that were amorphous blobs. The reason for it is that I can relate since that's how I see people in my mind. Everyone's a concept with assorted layers, textures and emotions. They have roiling colors. Some more jagged, others more rounded, some solid, some ephemeral, some muted, etc.

Can't remember the name of the novel, author, characters or even plot so this post is useless to anyone who wants to read it, lol.

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For grown ups I can mention:

Like @attic mentioned:
•Margit Sandemoe
-Sagaen om Isfolket
•Erlend Loe (but with these books that I've read, because I havent read the one Attic nentioned)

•Connelly, Brendon
-the curious dog in the night Time
•Gail Honeyman
-Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
•Joanne Harris
-The girl with the lollipop shoes
/ the girl with no shadow
•Bill Bryson
-A short story of nearly everything
•Douglas Adams
-the hitchhikers guide to the universe
•Kim Småge
•Ashlee Vance
-Elon Musk
•Britt Karin Larsen
-De som ser etter tegn (the whole series really is good)
•Khaled Hosseini
-A thousand Splendid suns
-The Kite Runner
•Roger Karsten Aase
-Frimurerens hemmeligheter
•Helen Fisher
-Why him why her
•Kristin von Hirch
•Åsne Seierstad
-To søstre
-Bohandleren i Kabul
-Med ryggen mot verden
•Doris Ryffel Rawak
-ADHS bei Frauen – den Gefühlen ausgeliefert.
•Sverre Hoem
-Adhd guide
Illustrert vitenskap
-Jakten på livet i rommet
• Jojo Moyes
-Me before you
•Anne Frank
-The diary of Anne Frank /The diary of a young girl
•Paulo Choelho
-The alchemist
- (...) For dummies
•Jomana medley
-A guide to human types

Books "to take with a grain of salt" but interesting anyway:
•Ingvar Sletten Kolloen
•Joralf Gjerstad
-Å stå i lyset
•James Redfield
-The Celestine Prophecy
•Betty Edwards
-Drawing on the right side of the brain
•peter D'Adamo
-Eat Right 4 Your Type

(Also a bunch of religious books in general but I don't believe everything I read, and some more local books in a very local language, political and very...personal books that its probably best not to mention here. Math books in general.)

(May I also mention a movie called Mongoland and another one called Mannen som elsket Yngve?)

(There are lots of other great books too but maybe I wouldn't call them weird, idk. For example some are about weirness.)

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