I love a good, traditional, cheesy romance novel – but I’m not talking about those right now. This list of books is about humans falling in love with … well, you just have to see for yourself.
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale
A woman falls in love and has a relationship with a chimp, a.k.a. Bruno Littlemore. This book is 600 pages, and while I thought it could have used a bit more editing, this is one story that will stick with you for a long time. It’s written in such a realistic way, that i kept shaking my head – but couldn’t stop reading.
Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for learning & painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. His untimely outbursts ultimately cost Lydia her job, and send the unlikely pair on the road in what proves to be one of the most unforgettable journeys.
As She Climbed Across the Table, Jonathan Lethem
A woman falls in love with her science experiment – sounds like the beginning of a bad novel, but the author massaged me right along, making everything seem very believable and even the ending – which was like wtf?! … left me thinking about it a few days after.
Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with taste–tastes; it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock; it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws–because it has no qualities?
Warm Bodies, Isaac Marion
A zombie falls in love with a human girl – personally, I couldn’t do it … other than the whole “not attracted to the living dead thing” – the thought of becoming zombie food would be on my mind at all times.
R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalator and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. After meeting Julie, a human girl who the zombie “R” impulsively saves and hides away in an abandoned plane, he begins to experience thoughts and feelings that he’d forgotten he’d ever had
Triptych, J.M. Frey
A man, woman & alien have a 3-way marriage?! Weird! I had a hard time getting into this book at first but once Kalp (the alien) starts telling his story – I was hooked until the end; so I ended up really liking the book.
Gwen and Basil Grey are Specialists for the Institute, an organization set up to help alien integration into our societies. They take in Kalp, a widower who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and the unfinished toy he was making for a child that will never be born. But on the aliens’ world, family units come in threes, and when Kalp turns to them for comfort, they unintentionally, but happily, find themselves Kalp’s lovers.
Have you read any books with “weird” relationships?