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A little note for 2019: For the next short while, I think I’ll focus specifically on books I’ve picked up at our library’s fabulous annual sales. With all books $3 or less, it’s so hard to resist! And yet, they pile up, year after year, so it’s a good idea to remind myself that these books are living on my shelves.
Title: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases
Author: Jeff Vandermeer & Mark Roberts
Length: 298 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
“Imagine if Monty Python wrote the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, and you sort of get the idea. Afraid you’re afflicted with an unknown malady? Finally you have a place to turn!” —Book Sense
You hold in your hands the most complete and official guide to imaginary ailments ever assembled—each disease carefully documented by the most stellar collection of speculative fiction writers ever to play doctor. Detailed within for your reading and diagnostic pleasure are the frightening, ridiculous, and downright absurdly hilarious symptoms, histories, and possible cures to all the ills human flesh isn’t heir to, including Ballistic Organ Disease, Delusions of Universal Grandeur, and Reverse Pinocchio Syndrome.
Lavishly illustrated with cunning examples of everything that can’t go wrong with you, the Lambshead Guide provides a healthy dose of good humor and relief for hypochondriacs, pessimists, and lovers of imaginative fiction everywhere. Even if you don’t have Pentzler’s Lubriciousness or Tian Shan-Gobi Assimilation, the cure for whatever seriousness may ail you is in this remarkable collection.
How and when I got it:
Why I want to read it:
This looks so incredibly silly and inspired. And look, somehow or another I ended up with a signed copy! Thank you, public library sale’s $1 table!
This guide to diseases includes such little known conditions as Flora Metamorphosis Syndrome, Pathological Instrumentation Disorder, The Wuhan Flu, and Internalized Tattooing Disease. Fascinating stuff! Here’s a little peek at the table of contents:
What do you think? Would you read this book?
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16 thoughts on “Shelf Control #155: The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases (edited by Jeff Vandermeer & Mark Roberts)”
Oh wow, that looks like so much fun! I keep meaning to check out Vandermeer’s work – it always sounds brilliantly bizarre.
I haven’t read anything of his either (well, I tried Annihilation and didn’t get far), but this sounds pretty low key and easy to page through.
This sounds amusing! I think it is something my husband and his sisters would enjoy.
Yeah, I love books that are odd and quirky, and I think I’ll enjoy picking this one up and reading random pages.
This is so cool! I love Jeff VanderMeer😁
What books of his do you recommend? I gave up on Annihilation, but I have a friend who’s been pushing me to give it another shot.
I highly recommend Borne, it’s very different from Annihilation, not as *weird*
This looks like a lot of fun. I’m sure you’re going to have a ball reading it!
I think so too! Thanks!
That book looks awesome!
I agree! 🙂 I just had to grab it when I saw it on the sale table. I think I’ll leave it out for a while so I can open it randomly and read all the weirdness.
I just got “How to Remove a Brain and Other Bizarre Medical Practices” by David Haviland from NetGalley last night.
That sounds amazing!
This looks hilarious! I would totally read it haha and thats awesome that your edition is signed ❤
I got lucky with the signed copy — I had no idea until I picked it up this week!