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Fish Trophies

The Breakthrough Fish Taxidermy Manual
Sexton
1988

Submitter: Besides the totally creepy image on the cover, all of the pictures inside are black and white and have their own special creep factor.  Now, don’t get me wrong, my library has other books on taxidermy, but this one is special.  Needless to say, it is leaving the collection. My favorite part is the introduction by the author on the title page in which he laments about the fact that other taxidermists would not help him learn how to taxidermy animals, so he wrote this book to help all the people out there who want to learn. Added to that, every time I see this book the McDonald’s Billy Bass commercial runs through my head. “Gimme back that filet-o-fish. Gimme that fish…”

Holly: Oh, and look! It’s spiral bound! Even better. It’s *barely* bound at all, from the looks of it.

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Here Fishy Fishy

Hook, Line, and Stinker

Muskrat Love

Chinchilla Farming for Fun and Profit

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Friday Fiction: Suddenly Love

 

Suddenly Love
Flanders
1984

This time our “meet cute” features our gal Beth hitting her guy–with her car. Fortunately, he is not hurt and she tends to the few scrapes with some basic first aid. Then the flirting begins. She then realizes she is hanging out with no less than superstar actor, racecar driver, model, heir to a wine fortune and general hot guy, Corey Fletcher. Oh yeah and he exudes “raw sexual power”. What is not to love?

Even though the couple on this cover look like they are in terrible pain, I think these two kids will end up together.

Mary

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He Married a Doctor!

Brittle Bondage

Duck Shack Agreement

Invisible Wife

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Irritating Cats: A Handbook

Cats: and How I Photograph Them
Spies
1958

Submitter: I am guessing by the sheer amount of cat books at my local library that a library can never have enough cute cat books. With that said, I am not sure this is a keeper. Here is an old how-to book on photographing cats with creepy black and white photos. As we have all seen, the world is full of YouTube videos of cute cats. This book won’t help with that. There is nothing here about digital photography. Couldn’t they at least put a cute cat on the cover?

Holly: Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh, man. Every cat in this book looks suuuuper pissed. To remind you that they are not all demon beasts, here’s a nice YouTube video of a the cutest kitten on the ‘net. And yes, please weed photography books with copyright dates in the 50s. (And 60s. And 70s. And 80s. And probably the 90s and possibly the 00s. You’ve got some work to do.)

More Cats:

Dancing with Cats

Why Cats Paint

On the Catwalk

Cat Tricks

Pro-Internet Kitteh!

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