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Book Review

The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases
edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts
Night Shade Books / 320 p / $24
ISBN: 1892389541

Cover If you are unacquainted with the very strange (and outstanding) work of Jeff VanderMeer, don't expect ME to explain it. For those of you who can remember Devo, it's comparable. Devo was as much performance art as it was music; VanderMeer's more outrageous stuff is as much performance art as literature. This time he is aided and abetted by co-editor Mark Roberts and the premise is a guide to imaginary diseases. Spectacularly packaged by book designer John Coulthart, this incomparable compendium of the bizarre is, by any measure, unequalled. I'm not sure how civilization has managed without it. I'm not sure how civilization will manage with it, either. With contributions from Kage Baker, Alan M. Clark, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman Jeffrey Ford, Harvey Jacobs, China Mieville, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gahan Wilson, and a bunch of other sick puppies from the fantasy farm, unless you are fatally mundane, this one is not to be missed. -- Cemetery Dance #47

Example Disease - PDF format ~ 125Kb

Example from Autopsy Section of the Guide - PDF format ~ 70Kb

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