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Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

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Friday Fiction – Hong on the Range

Hong on the Range
Wu
1989

Submitter: We came across this 1989 copyright doozie awhile ago while we were doing our first major weed.  It has been stored in our favorite weed collection for a few years now.  It features a cyborg cowboy in a dystopian post-apocalyptic western frontier.  His name is Hong and he has to prove himself.  This gem was written before dystopia was a thing.  I am surprised we don’t have a line to check it out. Even the animals are cyborg, such as the oxenites.  The author even has some creative cowboy tunes scattered about. Can’t put it down!

Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction. I can maybe see adults going for it, but kids or teens? That would be a hard sell in my public library. It was a nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, so someone clearly enjoyed it (and in the immortal words of Ranganathan, “Every book his/her reader”). It’s a weird mashup of futuristic and historical, with the wagons and the range but also the cyborgs.

I’m more intrigued by Submitter’s “favorite weed collection.” Tell us more about that, Submitter!

More Friday Fiction:

Meanest Doll in the World

Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?

Teen Furries

Venusia (NSFW!)

 

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Friday Fiction – Meanest Doll in the World

The Meanest Doll in the World
Martin and Godwin
2003

Submitter: This book is probably not as bad as it appears, but the drawings creeped me out more than anything.   It is written by Ann Martin, who has written several popular titles that circulate well in our library.  Brian Selznick illustrated this jewel as well. The graphics are, in fact detailed and look quite awesome, but look at them! SCARY!  Any child 8-12 (BTW, that is the recommended age group for this book) who gets this book is going to have nightmares of Chucky and his Bride. When we went to a genrefied junior- senior high school library, we tossed around keeping it but it was fairly new.  We put it in our Weird Types of Fiction section… mainly because it is. It has never been checked out since it was added in 2003 as a new title. It’s hasta la bye bye for this treasure!

Holly: Woah! It is creepy! That probably makes it more appealing to 8-12 year olds, actually. I’m surprised it never got a checkout. Between the popular authors and illustrator and the creep factor, it was a reasonable choice for a middle school library. Those pictures are nightmare-inducing for sure, though!

More creepy kids books:

Creepy Dolls

Cover Art Creeps

Serial Killer Training Manual

The Lonely Doll

 

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Friday Fiction: Too Many Boys!

Too Many Boys
Dickensen
1984

 

What an awful problem! Too many boys want to date you….

Nan and her college boyfriend Mac, are going to try the long distance thing. Nan’s idea is if she is too busy with clubs and other activities she won’t miss Mac. Of course this plan goes bad because EVERYONE wants to date her. Will she stay true? Will she cave to one of those guys from her clubs? I am on the edge of my seat!

 

Mary

More Relationship Problems:

Couples! Crazy Love

Will You Be My Brussels Sprout?

Teen Furries

The Great Computer Dating Caper

Love on the Computer

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