From Delusions of Universal Grandeur to Twentieth Century Chronoshock, this amusing pocket guide to concocted diseases designed and illustrated by John Coulthart features an anthology of slightly morbid, darkly humorous ailments and prognosis srved up by such renowned luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, Gahan Wilson, Brian Stableford, and Michael Bishop


10 thoughts on “The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases

  1. Katy Katy says:

    Book Info Genre Medical Guide Satire Speculative fiction shortsReading Level AdultRecommended for Anyone who likes a laughMy Thoughts If you want to know what sort of lunacy to expect from this book, here is just a tiny taste Discussing Ballistic Organ Syndrome In rare cases, the Ballistitis virus infects the patient s entire body Eventually, some event causes one orcells to rupture, after which the patient s body is disrupted in an explosive ejection of all bodily organs This m Book Info Genre Medical Guide Satire Speculative fiction shortsReading Level AdultRecommended for Anyone who likes a laughMy Thoughts If you want to know what sort of lunacy to expect from this book, here is just a tiny taste Discussing Ballistic Organ Syndrome In rare cases, the Ballistitis virus infects the patient s entire body Eventually, some event causes one orcells to rupture, after which the patient s body is disrupted in an explosive ejection of all bodily organs This manifestation of the syndrome frequently occasions the death of the patient at best, the loss of all bodily organs will cause considerable inconvenience and distress as set out in Doctor Buckhead Mudthumper s Encyclopedia of Forgotten Oriental Diseases pg 4 Letter to Dr Wexler, of whom the writers are not fond Dear Sir Kindly send your anthrax soaked missives elsewhere And if you want to get serious about contagious letters, then invest in some smallpox like a normal person pg 286 There are also a couple cookbooks mentioned that sound interesting French Cuisine with Codeine and Mousses with Morphine.I will point out that I would not say this book is lavishly illustrated Each entry generally has only a single illustration sometimes there is a second at the end of the section Now, The Thackery T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, which I ll be reading and reviewing next, does have a lot of pictures But this one, not so much.Still, if you like a laugh, you ll enjoy the clever way each author creates a character for themselves, and the creative uses of real information mixed with their own creations that fill this satirical book I enjoyed it a lot.Disclosure I bought this book for myself All opinions are my own.Synopsis 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 SenseYou 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


  2. Gabrielle Gabrielle says:

    I had a nasty cold last week, and spent a couple of days in bed, in a NyQuil haze it seemed like an appropriate time to crack open this little volume of delectably deranged stories Constructed as a medical guide satire, the Thackery T Lambshed Pocket Guide to Eccentic Discredited Diseases is what happens when you get a bunch of lunatic New Weird writers and ask them to pretend to be doctors it s gross, funny, quirky, morbid and very entertaining if exploding organs are your idea of a ch I had a nasty cold last week, and spent a couple of days in bed, in a NyQuil haze it seemed like an appropriate time to crack open this little volume of delectably deranged stories Constructed as a medical guide satire, the Thackery T Lambshed Pocket Guide to Eccentic Discredited Diseases is what happens when you get a bunch of lunatic New Weird writers and ask them to pretend to be doctors it s gross, funny, quirky, morbid and very entertaining if exploding organs are your idea of a chuckle.The impressive list of collaborators were all obviously on the same page and the collection reads seamlessly It s a light read, which was honestly about as much as I could handle in my medicated state, and was obviously writtenfor fun than for social commentary and metaphors It s exactly what you would expect from a bunch of sci fi and fantasy writers having a good time Vandermeer knows how to put this sort of silly little collection together an introduction about the history of the Guide now in it s 83rd edition , Victorian medical textbook illustrations that don t look quite right, and hysterical biographies of all his eminent contributors.A charming treat for New Weird fans


  3. Dan Dan says:

    This is probably the paradigmatic example of the category I call unreliable referenceJeff Vandermeer and his circle of weirdos got together and decided to write stories in the surprisingly fecund format of a diagnostic guide to diseases Since said circle includes such luminaries as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and the underrated but astounding Michael Cisco, the maladies in this book are sometimes so perfectly True that you may find yourself infected Thankfully, the edit This is probably the paradigmatic example of the category I call unreliable referenceJeff Vandermeer and his circle of weirdos got together and decided to write stories in the surprisingly fecund format of a diagnostic guide to diseases Since said circle includes such luminaries as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and the underrated but astounding Michael Cisco, the maladies in this book are sometimes so perfectly True that you may find yourself infected Thankfully, the editors have marked the most infectious diseases with a quarantine stamp Unfortunately for me, and possibly for you, I ignored it


  4. Peggy Peggy says:

    Purporting to be the latest edition of a long standing medical guide, Lambshead is, in reality, an anthology featuring several of today s best fantasists working at the top of their game Some entries are humorous, others are serious, but all are enjoyable There s a sense of fun to this book that s quitewellinfectious.Editors VanderMeer and Roberts have assembled a stellar crew of cohorts, and everyone is clearly on the same page The internal references in the various entries to Dr Lamb Purporting to be the latest edition of a long standing medical guide, Lambshead is, in reality, an anthology featuring several of today s best fantasists working at the top of their game Some entries are humorous, others are serious, but all are enjoyable There s a sense of fun to this book that s quitewellinfectious.Editors VanderMeer and Roberts have assembled a stellar crew of cohorts, and everyone is clearly on the same page The internal references in the various entries to Dr Lambshead s personal history or to a similar reference book by one Dr Buckhead Mudthumper are remarkably consistent and lend just the right veneer of verisimilitude.Parody and satire are difficult to get just right if the tone isn t perfect, the piece loses its punch and the humor is lost What s terrific about the Guide is a palpable sense of just how much fun the authors and editors were having writing these pieces and putting them together It could easily have turned into a giant in joke, or worse, a cliquish if you were one of us, you d be howling right now affair Miraculously, it s neither Instead it s a fun and funny treat.I mean, where else are you going to find writers like Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Kage Baker, and China Mieville not to mention Steve Aylett, Rikki Ducornet, Paul Di Filippo, Cory Doctorow, and about 30 others all tied up in one tasty package Where else are you going to find a description of afflictions like Ballistic Organ Syndrome, described as a sudden, explosive discharge of one orbodily organs at high velocity Or Fuseli s Disease, where the contagion which is highly infectious occurs only in the sufferer s dreams Or Monochomitis, which is characterized by the stark raving abhorrence of color, often accompanied by an intense longing for the way things used to be And Thackery offers up eventreats for the booklover It s a gorgeous book John Coulthart s cover art is both attractive and appropriate, consisting of a montage of old medical charts and illustrations, medical instruments, and a number of previous covers for past editions of the guide This meticulous attention to detail is carried through in the internal design and illustrations Everything is well done, right down to the fabulous endpapers Even without the cover, the book is gorgeous, and the symbol on the front is a wonderful quiet joke for the conscientious reader The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide To Eccentric and Discredited Diseases is a shining example of what an anthology should be a seamless collaboration of inventive minds which comes together in a whole that is significantly greater than it s individual parts The fact that it s also a beautiful piece of art and funny as hell is just gravy


  5. Donald Armfield Donald Armfield says:

    Jeff Vandermeer founder of genre New Weird brings all the weirdos together to update the chapbooks and pocket guides of Thackeray T Lambshead s discredited diseases.An all star cast of authors such as Neil Gainman, Alan Moore, Cory Doctorow to name a few and some of my favorites Brian Evenson, Paul Di Filippo, and Steve Aylett Of all 56 contributers they all put weird sickness on the pages.My Favorites Chronic Zygotio Dermis Disorder Fungal Disenchantment Fuseli s Disease Hsing s Spontane Jeff Vandermeer founder of genre New Weird brings all the weirdos together to update the chapbooks and pocket guides of Thackeray T Lambshead s discredited diseases.An all star cast of authors such as Neil Gainman, Alan Moore, Cory Doctorow to name a few and some of my favorites Brian Evenson, Paul Di Filippo, and Steve Aylett Of all 56 contributers they all put weird sickness on the pages.My Favorites Chronic Zygotio Dermis Disorder Fungal Disenchantment Fuseli s Disease Hsing s Spontaneous Self Flaying Sarcoma Third Eye Infection


  6. Lanea Lanea says:

    This is silly and cute and a pretty fun read The book is an anthology of imaginary diseases invented by a slew of sci fi and fantasy writers A few are priceless, and I was not surprised at all that Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman wrote most of the reports that were the funniest and most inventive It s not an Earth shattering good book, but it s nice way to pass the time here and there Toss if on your coffee table and read a disease or two a day.


  7. Rick Rick says:

    This book is exactly what the title suggests with contributions from Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, China Mi ville, Jeffrey Ford, Kage Baker and many others Where else could you read about post traumatic placebosis, female hyper orgasmic epilepsy, or vestigial elongation of the caudal vertebrae


  8. Mark Desrosiers Mark Desrosiers says:

    Given that homosexuality is now an eccentric and discredited disease, I was hoping foredgy social commentary along the same lines Nothing doing This is weird and sometimes chuckle worthy, but on the whole it seems the writers creating it are havingfun than us, the readers.


  9. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Jayaprakash Satyamurthy says:

    An eccentric conceit and an amusing book Mostly lightweight, largely self indulgent although some entries tap into aominous or genuinely fantastic vein Still, this is one you d want to buy a cheaper edition of unless you re some sort of book fetishist or new weird fanboy.


  10. Amy (Other Amy) Amy (Other Amy) says:

    This is exactly the kind of thing I should love, but unfortunately the execution is pretty stultifying I just can t slog through this right now Lovely printing, though.