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Book Titles with One Letter Missing

Images based on titles from the Twitter hashtag of the same name, started in 2011 but revived over the past few days via the twitter feed of A Way With Words.
posted by ActionPopulated (529 comments total) 81 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fun.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:47 PM on July 1, 2013


"Mob Dick." I'd like to believe it's a gritty noir about a bent PI.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 2:47 PM on July 1, 2013 [14 favorites]


The Sound and the Fury also works well with one extra letter: The Sound and the Furry.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Laughterhouse Five
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [95 favorites]


A Feast for Cows
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 2:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Boo! You're my boy Boo!
posted by Ad hominem at 2:54 PM on July 1, 2013


The Cabin Pressure episode "Fitton" predates these, though the rule in that was that it be the last letter of the title removed (resulting in such gems as "Of Mice and Me" and "Three Men in a Boa.")
posted by asperity at 2:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Snow Cash, the sequel to Fargo wherein some nitwit finds the suitcase that Buscemi's character buried, not to be confused with Now Crash, an epic X-games FanFic.
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:56 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Also, Oryx & Cake is my go-to safari dessert cookbook.
posted by mcstayinskool at 2:58 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Quoth the Raver, Party More.
posted by The Whelk at 2:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [13 favorites]


I reckon that The Good Solder could be a handy how-to reference book.
posted by MoonOrb at 2:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


The Holy Bile
posted by Jehan at 2:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [31 favorites]


World War - new novel by Max Brooks in which not a whole lot happens and people proceed about their lives with little or no interruption.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ad hominem: "Boo! You're my boy Boo!"

Oh dang whats up son
posted by boo_radley at 3:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Of Mice and Me
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Good for pop Science, too. "The Elfish Gene" and a "Brief History Of Tim" were both stellar reads. Carl Sagan's bio of Perry and his family, "Comos" was less good.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 3:04 PM on July 1, 2013 [16 favorites]


The Scholaster--Ascham's pupil edition.
posted by Jehan at 3:04 PM on July 1, 2013


I always play Boo in Mario party and used to annoy everyone by shouting You my boy Boo! Whenever I won a mini game.

You know, like in Old School

Boos my boy.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


'The Tim Machine', Wells' indictment of intergenerational sectarian politics in Glasgow.
posted by biffa at 3:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'm currently enjoying John Scalzi's Redshits.
posted by whitecedar at 3:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [19 favorites]


I'm trying to figure out what the plot of The Huger Games is, but I can tell you it's gonna be big.
posted by mcstayinskool at 3:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


My kids just love their Harry Otter dolls.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:09 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


Yer an otter, Harry.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [41 favorites]


Hite Teeth, Zadie Smith's underwhelming essay on feminist dentistry.
posted by biffa at 3:11 PM on July 1, 2013


I really enjoyed George R.R. Martin's new book about professional Scrabble players: A Storm of Words.
posted by arcolz at 3:13 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


I would read every one of these, in many cases far more eagerly than I'd read the original.
posted by skycrashesdown at 3:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Madame Ovary
posted by ShutterBun at 3:17 PM on July 1, 2013 [31 favorites]


The Tao Te Chin, Bruce Campbell's philosophy of life.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Looking for that perfect gift for Dad this year? Try Fear and Lathing in Las Vegas.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [12 favorites]


I have for over 20 years been amused by taking the "e" off of "time" in any title. It works an amazing amount of the…never mind.
posted by bongo_x at 3:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Just finished The Bore Ultimatum.

It was really dull
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


In Search of Lost Tim
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Hose of Leaves, a terrifying experimental book about gardening.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [17 favorites]


Ride and Prejudice (the Rosa Parks story).
posted by The Bellman at 3:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [54 favorites]


On the other hand, you might want to avoid Ear and Loathing unless your dad is a big fan of Dutch post-impressionist painters with emotional issues.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:23 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


The Maltese Falco
posted by ShutterBun at 3:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Collected Orks of C.G. Jung, a coffee table book going over the famed psychiatrist's Warhammer 40k collection.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [19 favorites]


House of Eaves, every day the overhang is a littler larger than it should be.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [21 favorites]


Douglas Adams chronicles his struggle to be vegetarian in Mostly Hamless

Slaughterhose-Five, the terrifying tale of a rubber tube that emits chainsaws

Art Spiegelman's father can't get enough of the concentration camp in Más: A Survivor's Tale
posted by narain at 3:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ender's Gam, a retelling of the Ender Wiggin saga from the point of view of his leg.

The Maltese Falco; an island boy struggles to achieve fame with his cover of "Rock Me Amadeus"
posted by mogget at 3:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dickens seems fertile ground:

The Adventures of Oliver, Twit.
The Old Curiosity Hop
Sketches by Oz
Avid Copperfield
Beak House
Hard Ties
Ale of Two Cities
Geat Expectations (A sequel to Beowulf?)
Our Mutual Fiend
The Mystery of Edwin, Dood!
posted by yoink at 3:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


Best of the twitter feed: Audacity of Hop, The Oy of Cooking, Horton Hears a Ho, A Visit from the Goo Squad, Book of Moron, The Velveteen Rabbi.

If you're creative with spelling you can get to Fifty Shades of Gay.
posted by miyabo at 3:29 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


On Quixote, in which Sancho Panza rides his erstwhile lord.
posted by seemoreglass at 3:29 PM on July 1, 2013 [16 favorites]


A Stud in Scarlet; the hitherto unknown story of Sherlock Holmes' early years.
posted by mogget at 3:30 PM on July 1, 2013 [15 favorites]


Little Omen

Humboldt's .gif
posted by mogget at 3:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dave Eggers' short stories about traveling without adequate nourishment: Ow, We are Hungry.
Mark Danielewski's concept novel Only Evolutions can be read from the present day to Neanderthal times, or vice versa.
J.D. Salinger's treatise on English politics: Nine Tories
posted by a halcyon day at 3:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


And, too, Joseph Conrad's Secret Gent
posted by Postroad at 3:33 PM on July 1, 2013


The .gif of the Magi
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


The Scarlet is my favorite.
posted by insectosaurus at 3:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Skinny Legs and Al
posted by wemayfreeze at 3:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Shakespeare's ode to boozing during the hot months: A Midsummer Night's Dram
posted by a halcyon day at 3:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm partial to both:

Loud Atlas
Cloud, Alas
posted by wemayfreeze at 3:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


I love Patrick O'Brien's well studied historical fiction about someone getting promoted to creative director: Master Ad Commander
posted by ambrosen at 3:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


A Farewell to Arm: It's just a flesh wound!
posted by seemoreglass at 3:36 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


There's a really dirty porn novel about Monte Cristo that I'm not going to repeat the full title of.
posted by LionIndex at 3:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [19 favorites]


Tim O'Brien's classic sci-fi horror, The Thing They Carried
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [30 favorites]


Anthony Burgess' encyclopedic work on mechanical objects: A Clockwork Range
posted by a halcyon day at 3:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Building Stores--Chris Ware's masterwork defense of small-business oriented capitalism.

The Wind-Up Bid Chronicle--a lonely everyman falls down a dark well of increasingly obsessive eBay purchases after his wife and cat leave him.

Tokyo Vic--the heartwarming story of a good-natured Sicilian New Yorker making his way in the land of the rising sun.

Other Night--Vonnegut's forgotten slice-of-life stream of consciousness novel about just, y'know, any other night.

A Trip to the Star--beautifully bleak far future science fiction in which only one visible star remains in the sky and a woman's solitary journey to reach it.

The Wasp Factor--an isolated Scottish maths genius derives a brilliant algorithm that changes the world from studying the behavior of Bembix oculata.

VRT
--the exact same book, no difference at all.
posted by byanyothername at 3:40 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Jane Austen's prophetic work about the American civil rights omnibus phenomenon, Ride and Prejudice.
posted by resurrexit at 3:40 PM on July 1, 2013


These could improve some John Grisham novels, too:

The Fir: An idealistic young lawyer and his first Christmas tree.

A Tim to Kill: An idealistic young lawyer lays in wait for Tim Tebow.

The Runway Jury: An idealistic young lawyer tries a case while waiting to take off from Dulles.
posted by MoonOrb at 3:40 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


I feel sorry for the avian brood parasite who had an unsuccessful holiday butterfly catching: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Net
posted by ambrosen at 3:41 PM on July 1, 2013


Learn your ABC's with Arthur C. Clark's Childhood's En.
posted by ashbury at 3:41 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Laurence Sterne's narrative non-fiction guide for basic home repair, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Handy, Fix-It Man
posted by Cold Lurkey at 3:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Cache in the Rye - wait until you find out what was hidden in that rye field!
posted by insectosaurus at 3:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


J.G. Ballard's cautionary tale about long car rides with inadiquately sanitized vinyl seats -- Rash.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Joyce: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma.
D.H. Lawrence: Sons and Overs, one dad's tale of coaching the local secondary school cricket team.
George Orwell: 984, a searing account of the dystopian rein of "Pope" Boniface VII.
Carson McCullers: The Hart is a Lonely Hunter: the hunter becomes the prey.
Ralph Ellison: I, Visible Man, the definitive novel of the white man's experience in America.
Henry James: The Wings of the Doe, a tragicomic sequel to the The Island of Dr. Moreau.
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Ender is the Night, his little known foray into SciFi.
Ford Madox Ford: The God Soldier.
George Orwell: Animal Arm. "One limb good, two limbs better!"
Henry James: The Golden Owl, his venture into kids literature.
E.M. Forster: Hoard's End, a compelling study of the psychology of a miser.
Joseph Conrad: The Secret Gent. No one knew Mme. Verloc's secret....
Robert Heinlein: Tarship Troopers. The smelliest job in the world, but they stick to it.
posted by yoink at 3:44 PM on July 1, 2013 [23 favorites]


A popular '90s producer takes over '90s cartoons in Moby DiC
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Toni Morrison's historical novel about 1920's Harlem and also butts, Azz.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Their Eyes Were Watching Go, Zora Neale Hurston's little known Japanese novel
posted by seemoreglass at 3:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


The Amazing Sider-Man, best vinyl siding salesman in the tri-state area. With great siding comes great durability!
posted by jason_steakums at 3:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [16 favorites]


Little Omen.
The Gapes of Wrath.
198 - a cautionary tale about surveillance in the future year of 198, AD.
posted by spinifex23 at 3:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Lice in Wonderland
posted by insectosaurus at 3:49 PM on July 1, 2013 [40 favorites]


eponysterical, insectosaurus.
posted by resurrexit at 3:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


A Moveable Fast, Hemingway's weight-loss regimen.
Eat of Eden, Steinbeck's take on the Fall.
posted by a halcyon day at 3:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rainspotting: Scots take smack, follow storms
posted by seemoreglass at 3:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Gir, Interrupted: the true story of Invader Zim's little robot friend.
posted by kpht at 3:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


The Wonderful Wizard of O

The War of the Words

All Quiet on the Western Font

The Velveteen Rabbi
posted by mogget at 3:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


A Stud in Scarlet; the hitherto unknown story of Sherlock Holmes' early years.

I'm afraid I beat you to that one ;)
posted by thomas j wise at 3:51 PM on July 1, 2013


Lolit--Nabokov's scathing condemnation on the state of contemporary popular literature.

A Song of Ice & Fir--George R.R. Martin's cozy little Christmas tale.

CryptinomiCo--industrial espionage as a legitimate business! Why not?

Brae: New World--promoted all month in Visit Scotland by the Scottish Tourism Organisation.
posted by byanyothername at 3:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Invisible Ma - This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render his Mom invisible.
posted by spinifex23 at 3:52 PM on July 1, 2013


Fitzgerald's little-known and unorthodox adaptation of Hamlet, The Beautiful and the Daned
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The book D. H. Lawrence could never publish in his own lifetime:

O Men in Love.
posted by jamjam at 3:53 PM on July 1, 2013


Clan of the Cave Bar
posted by ShutterBun at 3:53 PM on July 1, 2013


Steven King: The Lanoliers - a gripping horror story about those who make wool wax.
posted by kpht at 3:54 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


In one book, Nabokov gives us both a tale of disaster at the brewery (Ale Fire) and the story of a man whose anger is deeply unimpressive(Pale Ire).

Hemingway's A Moveable East is a story of great navigational difficulties.

Also, reminiscent of "The Man Who Melted Jack Dann", a similar exercise in titular silliness.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 3:54 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Somewhere there's probably a joke about missing letters in those absolutely repulsive new Mickey Mouse cartoons at the top of that blog, but for now all I can come up with is Korn.
posted by item at 3:54 PM on July 1, 2013


Goo Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes' exhortation that we should all live off nutrient paste.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Clear and Present Anger by Tom Clancy (really not much change...)

Fat Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (still not much change....)

Darkly Reaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (hmm, really no change there either... I think I am doing this wrong...)
posted by Lokheed at 3:56 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Dinosaurs invade a golf resort in: Jurassic Par
posted by ShutterBun at 3:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


The Brothers Karamazo, a zany caper in which Jesus returns to Earth to join a troupe of Italian circus performers
posted by seemoreglass at 3:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


A scathing review of Microsoft's search engine: The Unbearable Lightness of Bing
posted by Dojie at 3:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [30 favorites]


The Man in the High Caste, Philip K. Dick's look at privilege.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Alan Moore's narcissism comes to the fore in Watch Me!
posted by LionIndex at 4:01 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Stephen King explores the darker side of BDSM in Under the Dom
posted by bgrebs at 4:03 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


How about Italo Calvino's foray into DH Lawrence territory F On A Winter's Night A Traveler?
posted by comealongpole at 4:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


One of the more boring tales of American girlhood: Little Hose on the Prairie.
posted by scody at 4:07 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


MMA, Jane Austen's brutal look at professional fighting.
posted by jason_steakums at 4:09 PM on July 1, 2013 [23 favorites]


Lie of pi : An damning expose of how mathematicians have fooled the world.
posted by TheLittlePrince at 4:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


The Story Of, a maddeningly elliptical tale of erotic domination.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Everyone Pops, a meditation on the brutal impartiality of explosive decompression.
posted by audi alteram partem at 4:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [15 favorites]


Fight cub: Simba's journey of self discovery.
posted by TheLittlePrince at 4:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lovecraftian kids' tale: How to Train your Dagon
posted by kurumi at 4:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


This thread reminds me of why I love you guys. Can't stop laughing!
posted by SPrintF at 4:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Winesburg. O, hi.
posted by seemoreglass at 4:17 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Cath 22 : The best catheter of them all
posted by TheLittlePrince at 4:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Fellowship of the Rig, a tale of brotherhood and danger on an oil rig.
posted by jason_steakums at 4:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Gulliver's Ravels: a knitting Englishman has some misadventures.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


A Tale of Two Cites really finds meaning in wikipedian edit wars.
posted by Navelgazer at 4:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [15 favorites]


I seem to recall an offhand comment someone made in an entirely unrelated post; something about The Mach of the Penguins being the story of how flightless birds achieved supersonic speed.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Nabokov's Loita', a tale of some guys just hanging around a storefront all day in Boston.
posted by jason_steakums at 4:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


Tom Saw Ye, the 19th century prequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


The Story Of, a maddeningly elliptical tale of erotic domination.

Or, The Tory of O, the sexual adventures of the Member for Orpington.
posted by yoink at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Lady Chatterly's Over - when petty aristocracy comes to visit.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oldfinger: James Bond gets arthritis in his hands.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:23 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


The Mythical Man-Moth - project management with a strange attraction to bright lights.
posted by Lanark at 4:24 PM on July 1, 2013 [13 favorites]


I liked Grahame Greene's magical realist take on Kes Brighton Roc, even though it lacks the conceit of setting an entire novel in a church which is one of A Kestrel For A Nave's strongest points.
posted by comealongpole at 4:24 PM on July 1, 2013


On The Origin of Specie, Darwin's overlooked treatise on the history of coins.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Moving on to the art world, Edvard Munch's The Cream makes a whole lot of sense now.
posted by ashbury at 4:26 PM on July 1, 2013


Ur Bodies, Ourselves: an examination of how societal conceptions of beauty have changed throughout history.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


The Two Owers, a detailed examination of Bilbo and Frodo's Bag End mortgage
posted by stargell at 4:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


A tale of lost innocence: Naive Son
posted by ShutterBun at 4:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Apocalypse, Ow - a not-surprising viewpoint on the Vietnam War and the human condition.
posted by ashbury at 4:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


How To Win Fiends and Influence People, Andrew Carnagie's lesser known volume on the use of demonology for social betterment.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:28 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Robert Frost's collection of poems, dedicated to his sickly son: A Boy's Ill
posted by Knappster at 4:29 PM on July 1, 2013


Up From Slaver: a former plantation owner makes good
posted by seemoreglass at 4:29 PM on July 1, 2013


Hard-Boiled Wonderlan And The End Of The World is only very slightly more cyberpunk than the original.
posted by comealongpole at 4:30 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Would The Oy Of Yiddish be too literal?
posted by sourwookie at 4:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


A Roo With a View: Michael Crichton tries his hand at children's literature with this tale of genetically engineered marsupials who transport their young in transparent pouches.

Yeah, that was a long way to go for that one.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


.

Pynchon's novel of Metafilter obit threads.
posted by Tsuga at 4:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [15 favorites]


Peak Memory: Nabokov remembers every last goddamned thing
posted by seemoreglass at 4:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Urn of the Screw: pornographic iconography in ancient Greek pottery.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Of Human Bonage

not proud of that one
posted by ShutterBun at 4:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [21 favorites]


Lord of the Lies about a group of politicians stranded in large city.

The Caste about the illogical placement of people into social strata.

Cry, the Beloved County about a mixed race girl who has to change school districts.

Beauty and the East about a woman who moves to China to get married, but doesn't speak the language.

Far from the Madding Crow about a farmer's wife who can't stand the birds that pester her all day.

The Sotweed Actor about a thespian who can't control his bowel movements.

Giles Got Boy about a young gay man's search for a mate.

Rabbi, Run and Rabbi Redux about a Jewish religious leader whose chaotic existence is chronicled. The third in the series, Rabbi is Rich follows the holy man as he changes careers to become a stand-up comic.
posted by Mental Wimp at 4:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ouched: The Jerry Sandusky Story
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:35 PM on July 1, 2013


This doesn't work very well with numbers.

2,000 Leagues under the sea
10 Dalmations
198

posted by michaelh at 4:36 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


michaelh: "This doesn't work very well with numbers."

I dunno. I'd totally watch a TV show called Buck Rogers in the 5th Century
posted by mixing at 4:38 PM on July 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


Loss and Gin, a previously-unknown attack on John Henry Newman.

Hoards End, a recession tale.

Pale Ire, Nabokov does seriously irate.

Dems, the sordid underbelly of Democratic politics.
[er, that's George Gissing's Demos.]

The Return of the Naive, innocent victim returns, remains innocent victim.
posted by thomas j wise at 4:41 PM on July 1, 2013


Proctor and Gamble research scientists work around the clock to remove an indelible terror from outer space in The Andromeda Stain.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Around the World in 0 Days.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


O, Hello
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Rave New World: an investigation of after-hours nightlife in the 21st century
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


michaelh: "This doesn't work very well with numbers."

I dunno. I'd totally watch a TV show called Buck Rogers in the 5th Century


200: A Space Odyssey left a lot to be desired. ("My God, it's, uh.... got a couple of stars in it.")
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 4:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tory of O, a classic erotic novel of conservative politics
posted by NoraReed at 4:44 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


A Canner Darkly, the evils of canning.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:44 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Can someone please turn this into a game where you get only the author and the one-liner and you have to figure out the title?

Which would also be the best "Jeopardy!" category ever.
posted by bbuda at 4:44 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]




(A sci-fi epic by Thomas Pynchon)
posted by ShutterBun at 4:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yes! This would make an excellent game for Geeks Who Drink.
posted by NoraReed at 4:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


So many great porn titles with this little exercise.

Hard-Oiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:46 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


So many great porn titles with this little exercise.

Do Quixote
posted by michaelh at 4:47 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Back Beauty, the musings of Sir Mix-A-Lot
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Tom Friedman's cab driver takes him to rural America where he discovers that The World is Fat.
posted by bbuda at 4:48 PM on July 1, 2013


The Hard Boys
posted by Sys Rq at 4:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


He passed away peacefully in his Jeep.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 4:48 PM on July 1, 2013



CS Lewis's non-fiction exploration of the effects of sleep deprivation on language comprehension Voyage Of The Dawn Reader was far superior to his ill-judged attempt to cash in on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze with The Horse And His Bo.
posted by comealongpole at 4:48 PM on July 1, 2013


How: I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by technical writing jobs.
posted by seemoreglass at 4:49 PM on July 1, 2013 [12 favorites]


The Tao Te Chin, Bruce Campbell's philosophy of life.

Wow. He actually should write this.
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man at 4:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've always enjoyed that groundbreaking study of Dadaism: The World According to Arp.
posted by yoink at 4:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ms. Dalloway
posted by escabeche at 4:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


The Losing of the American Mind: Allan Bloom discusses U.S. election-year politics.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Who could forget Frank Herbert's epic tale of color choice in seventies fashion: Dun. Featuring the extraordinarily witchy Ben Gesserit and his pal Atreides.
posted by ennui.bz at 4:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


a game where you get only the author and the one-liner and you have to figure out the title?

Vonnegut's story of aliens ravaging earth women...
Tolkien's tale of a tech-savvy working girl...
posted by DarkForest at 4:53 PM on July 1, 2013


The Hour, a Reader's Digest Select Edition
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:56 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Ho Bit -- Tolkien's story of Bilbo's gardening adventures.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:56 PM on July 1, 2013


A tale of Dolph Ludgren superfandom: The Girl with the Drago Tattoo
posted by Sys Rq at 4:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


House of Cads.. pretty much exactly the same show.
posted by mbatch at 4:57 PM on July 1, 2013


Let's not forget all the judgmentalism and outright spleen to be found in The Bile.

Oh that's right, I went there.
posted by uosuaq at 4:58 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


The History of Tom Jones, a Fondling
posted by jason_steakums at 4:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fir, in which Arborology is added to the Hogwarts curriculum

Kushiel's Merc, a side novel in the Kushiel saga detailing the story of the army that attacks Luca

Lost In A God Book, Jasper Fforde's autobiography

Hades of Milk and Honey, a Glamourist history of ancient Greece

Little Bother, Cory Doctorow's autobiography
posted by NoraReed at 4:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Frodo throws a big ol' family reunion in The Return of the Kin.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Hart is a Lonely Hunter and its sequel The Name of the Roe
posted by Wemmick at 5:00 PM on July 1, 2013


War and Pace: Norman gets a new comedy partner
posted by Sys Rq at 5:00 PM on July 1, 2013


More porn: Midsummer Night's Ream
posted by yoink at 5:01 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Kierkegaard anticipated some of William James' consciousness-altering experiments in Ether/Or.
posted by uosuaq at 5:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


C.S. Lewis wrote a few you might not have heard of:

His poker strategy book, Til We Have Aces

His mother's early death, The Abolition of Ma

Another book on death, Pilgrim's Egress

His exploration of cockney London, Surprised by Oy

A musing on aging, The Silver Hair

Magic's struggle to survive in modernity, The Discarded Mage

A study of ancient Judaism, Ere Christianity
posted by michaelh at 5:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Due, a tale of intergalactic intrigue surrounding Jessica's pregnancy with Paul
posted by captain cosine at 5:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Ouse of Mirth: midsummer revelry on the banks of a North Yorkshire river
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:03 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Shakespeare's surprisingly unfruitful (Henry IV, Part II becomes Henry IV, Part I--ho ho ho), but I'm partial to Tits Andronicus.
posted by yoink at 5:04 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


Due, a tale of intergalactic intrigue surrounding Jessica's pregnancy with Paul

Go, Emperor of Dune

Seriously, look at that sandworm guy go on that little cart.
posted by michaelh at 5:04 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Heidegger finds Microsoft gets him the results he wants faster than Google in Bing and Time.
posted by uosuaq at 5:04 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Life of P
posted by Sys Rq at 5:08 PM on July 1, 2013


The Secret Lie of Bees: they are not what they seem and their plans for humanity are sinister.
posted by jason_steakums at 5:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rabbi, Run
posted by mogget at 5:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Dostoevsky recounts the time his teacher gave him detention for reading Coleridge under his desk in Rime and Punishment.
posted by uosuaq at 5:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Future Hock: Alvin Toffler limns the many implications of our soaring national debt
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:10 PM on July 1, 2013


What about Patrick Rothfuss' fantasy series consisting of The Wise Man's Ear and The Doors of Tone (forthcoming). Magic based on sound!

Bill Clinton finally talks, in detail, about the Lewinski incident in My Lie.

Bush talks about his choice to stop drinking in Decision Pints

Who can forget Robert Jordan's epic fantasy cycle about the wizard from Monty Python's Holy Grail, The Wheel of Tim?

A Holy book for those who don't like clear-cut answers: The Koan
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 5:12 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' voyeuristic classic, Watchme.
posted by rory at 5:12 PM on July 1, 2013


Woodward and Bernstein investigate an experimental music group in: All The Resident's Men
posted by ShutterBun at 5:12 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Julia Child tells stories of wild Paris nights in Mastering the Art of French Coking.
posted by murphy slaw at 5:13 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Tom Friedman's cab driver takes him to rural America where he discovers that The World is Fat.

Ahem.
posted by Mental Wimp at 5:13 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Little Price, the inexpensive yet poignant French fable
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Zorba the Geek
posted by mogget at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Neal Stephenson exposes his libertarian leanings in Anthem.
posted by uosuaq at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2013


Architect Rem Koolhaas muses on Mork's return to a radically changed home planet in Delirious New Ork.
posted by LionIndex at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2013


Only the most hardcore of Julia Sweeney fanatics makes it through all seven volumes of Remembrance of Things Pat.
posted by aws17576 at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [15 favorites]


To Ill a Mockingbird: the Beastie Boys recount their adventures in the Deep South
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:16 PM on July 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


David Foster Wallace's unfinished epic story about a family of albinos: The Pale Kin.
posted by Lemurrhea at 5:16 PM on July 1, 2013


Shirley Jackson's cautionary tale of a group of marine mammals: The Ottery
posted by ShutterBun at 5:17 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


David Foster Wallace's lengthy tale of a plane where you're a passenger forever: Infinite Jet.
posted by Maecenas at 5:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


The Unger Games: Felix and Oscar host the Olympics in their NYC apartment.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Goodnight Mon: the children's classic adapted for Jamaican kids.
posted by orme at 5:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Ezra Pound went deep undercover to catalog the distinctive slang terms of Tuscan mafia families in The Pisan Cants.
posted by uosuaq at 5:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


David Foster Wallace's unfinished epic story about a family of albinos: The Pale Kin.

and his other book about his obsession with microbrews.
posted by ennui.bz at 5:19 PM on July 1, 2013


Cannery Ow: a tale of industrial accidents in the sardine industry.
posted by jonmc at 5:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Thus Poke Zarathustra
posted by jason_steakums at 5:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


Frakonomics: surprising statistical findings about life in a ragtag fugitive fleet.
posted by pernoctalian at 5:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The time Willa fell in the whiskey vat: Cather in the Rye.
posted by Maecenas at 5:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Alex Haley's exhaustive investigation of actor Frankie Muniz yielded The Autobiography of Malcolm
posted by ShutterBun at 5:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Here on the tiny organic corn farm, we're reading One Hundred Ears of Solitude
posted by gwint at 5:21 PM on July 1, 2013


A chess player's bitter diatribe: Go Is Not Great
posted by michaelh at 5:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Stephen King's I
Adam Smith's Theory Of Oral Sentiment
posted by the duck by the oboe at 5:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Price, Machiavelli's addendum on the niceties of bribery
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Waden: Thoreau takes a dip.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


To Saw Yer, the magician's how-to guide by the Amazing Twain-o.
posted by rory at 5:25 PM on July 1, 2013


Goethe adopts a family of whales in Die Walverwandschaften.
posted by uosuaq at 5:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jane Austen's novel of social mores and Turkish bread, Pide And Prejudice
posted by the duck by the oboe at 5:26 PM on July 1, 2013


Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gay is pretty much how you remember it, of course. But The Ballad of Reading Gal has a bit of a surprise twist.
posted by yoink at 5:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


If poetry counts, allow me to recommend Edgar Allan Poe's The Rave.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 5:29 PM on July 1, 2013


Steinbeck ditches the truck in Travels with Harley.
posted by uosuaq at 5:29 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey might want to check out Under the Dom by Stephen King.
posted by MoonOrb at 5:30 PM on July 1, 2013


Have guys read Paul Bowles Charles Manson bio? Heltering Sky
posted by gwint at 5:30 PM on July 1, 2013


Jane Eye: an unassuming governess secretly scrutinizes her employer.
posted by GrammarMoses at 5:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dr. Seuss's classic, about what happens when a mischevious feline gets into your keyboard: The Cat in the @
posted by Maecenas at 5:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


John Irving finally puts aside his preoccupations with bears, wrestling, and adultery and emerges, surprisingly enough, with a biography of one of the pioneers of abstract art in The World According to Arp.
posted by scody at 5:31 PM on July 1, 2013


The Golden Bow, by Henry James Frazer.
posted by hoople at 5:32 PM on July 1, 2013


Stephen King's macabre tale of tidal forces: The Sand
posted by Bistle at 5:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


CURSES! I cannot believe I was beaten to that joke. Well-played, yoink, you marvelous bastard.
posted by scody at 5:33 PM on July 1, 2013


Thomas Harris' gripping portrayal of a rookie canine obedience trainer: The Silence of the Labs
posted by ShutterBun at 5:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


John Irving finally puts aside his preoccupations with bears, wrestling, and adultery and emerges, surprisingly enough, with a biography of one of the pioneers of abstract art in The World According to Arp.

I prefer his fishing guide: The World According to Gar.
posted by yoink at 5:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


A ROM of One's Own by Ada Lovelace.
posted by rory at 5:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Love comes to the laundromat in: The Prince of Tide
posted by ShutterBun at 5:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


More porn from Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bed Game
And his novel that inspired Anthony Bourdain's various shows: A Journey to the Eat
posted by LionIndex at 5:36 PM on July 1, 2013


Irving's Guides are a mixed bag, in fact. His guide to walking in the English countryside, The Wold According to Garp had its points, but his pop-theology work, The Word According to Garp and his fashion-tips book, The World According to GAP were universally panned.
posted by yoink at 5:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vonnegut's story of aliens ravaging earth women...
Tolkien's tale of a tech-savvy working girl...


I'm dumb. I can't figure out either one of these.

However, I did like Vonnegut's exposé of the finance industry: Welcome To The Money House.

Robert Heinlein, perhaps suprisingly, was a big fan and supporter of Frida Kahlo towards the end of her life. His biography of her, Frida, was never published. He also wrote a very violent fantasy novel, Gory Road.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 5:37 PM on July 1, 2013



Girl with a Perl Earring: a techno-art novel
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:38 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Italo Calvino's takedown of lax academic writing: Invisible Cites
posted by LionIndex at 5:38 PM on July 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


A team of surveyors find more than they bargained for in The Ridges of Madison County.
posted by uosuaq at 5:39 PM on July 1, 2013


Michael Ondaatje's heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and IP law at the end of WWII: The English Patent.
posted by Maecenas at 5:39 PM on July 1, 2013 [12 favorites]


Nicholson Baker's musings on animal husbandry: Ox
posted by DarkForest at 5:39 PM on July 1, 2013


His guide to walking in the English countryside, The Wold According to Garp had its points

Makes a great companion to DeLillo's geological treatise, Underwold.
posted by LionIndex at 5:41 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Isaac Asimov's vision of future Unix mastery, I, Root.
posted by rory at 5:41 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


DeLillo's cocaine diary: White Nose
posted by LionIndex at 5:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]



Shakespeare's ode to boozing during the hot months: A Midsummer Night's Dram


It makes a nice double feature with the cold-weather sequel, The Winter's Ale.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Vonnegut's story of aliens ravaging earth women...
Tolkien's tale of a tech-savvy working girl...

I'm dumb. I can't figure out either one of these.


I think the latter is The Ho Bit (The Bit Ho?) No idea on the former.
posted by kagredon at 5:42 PM on July 1, 2013


John Irving explains the intricacies of the beer bong in: The Cider Hose Rules
posted by ShutterBun at 5:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Animal Fam, about a bunch of animals who all get along swimmingly.
posted by hoople at 5:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Deep in debt and up against a deadline, Jules Verne barely fulfills his contractual obligations in Around the World in Eight Days.
posted by uosuaq at 5:43 PM on July 1, 2013


That invaluable technical manual, The Git of the Magi.

The fantasy tale of a kind of average guy who keeps getting involved with demons, Moorcock's The Eric Saga.

Humorous tales of travellers in the antebellum South, Huckleberry Inn.

Sir Walter Scott's bawdy poem about a hunchbacked ferryman, The Lad of the Lake.

Italo Calvino's reflective memoir, I on a Winter's Night a Traveller.

And don't forget William Gibson's story about a down-on-his-luck detective who summons the ghost of a a Roman emperor in Neromancer (though you might want to skip his controversial, pornographic Cu--

I'm done.
posted by 23 at 5:43 PM on July 1, 2013


Chinua Achebe's illustrated guide to how things work: Things All Apart
posted by 2bucksplus at 5:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


John Le Carré steps away from spycraft to chronicle the lives of Ms. Cyrus' entourage in Miley's People.
posted by murphy slaw at 5:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Margaret Atwood, The Robber Brie, a tense, psychological novel about cheese
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:46 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Knuth's history of the e-book: The Exbook
Kernighan gets a little overconfident with: The Programming Language
posted by DarkForest at 5:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


The predecessor to Scheherazade's acclaimed work -- and written by one of her unfortunately short-lived predecessors -- the 001 Nights.
posted by hoople at 5:49 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mr. Kotter gets cloned in House of the Seven Gabes.
posted by scody at 5:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


John Kennedy Toole's novel about beaches, A Confederacy of Dunes
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Omar Khayyam, a great fan of existentialism, once remarked that he could be satisfied with a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and Martin Buber's And Thou.
posted by uosuaq at 5:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


A Modes Proposal, on the creation of the vi text editor.
posted by SemiSophos at 5:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Paul Scott's epic about the fall of Pharaonic Egypt, The Ra Quartet
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:51 PM on July 1, 2013


Nice bit of self-reference from old Will with The Comedy of Erors.
posted by aws17576 at 5:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The feel-good hit about learning to go along to get along, Atlas Hugged. yes 2 letters but too good to pass up
posted by hoople at 5:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Virginia Woolf's love letters to Billy Dee Williams: O Lando.
posted by Betafae at 5:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


A group of traders follows a twitchy quant through a market-wide recession to positive returns in Watership Dow.

Sinclair Lewis's novel from the Star Wars extended universe about a young humanoid's journey from an outer planet to become a dark lord: Arrowsith

Henry Miller's oncology text: Topic of Cancer

Ray Bradbury's book on Catholicism: The Marian Chronicles

A chartered accountant gives up his trade in Hardy's Far From the Adding Crowd
posted by Wemmick at 5:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


The smash anti-war hit "All Quit On The Western Front".
posted by hoople at 5:54 PM on July 1, 2013 [10 favorites]


The Two Owers, a detailed examination of Bilbo and Frodo's Bag End mortgage

Dry as that was, it still beat "The to Towers", part 27 of Christopher Tolkien's Concordance of Every Word My Dad Wrote Ever.
posted by darksasami at 5:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [14 favorites]


Simon Cowell adapts Iain Banks for reality TV in The Wasp Factor.
posted by rory at 5:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


CS Lewis writes about Crusader fashion obsession in The Lion, The Itch, and The Wardrobe. There's also his lesser known work in which a reclusive woman discovers static cling: The Ion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe.
posted by mikurski at 5:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Arthur C. Clarke's sheep-themed SF, such as Rendezvous with Ram, never did sell well.
posted by Cash4Lead at 5:56 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Malcolm Gladwell's musings on Super Nintendo games: Link
posted by schmod at 5:57 PM on July 1, 2013


Richard Nelson Bolles branches out into computer network disaster recovery with "What Colo is Your Parachute?"
John le Carre describes an espionage agent who became a geologist in "The Spy Who Came in From the Col"
Carol Shields tells the story of a very average man and his hairdressing style in "Larry's Part"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Leia Organa's eulogy for Alderaan, Star Was.
posted by rory at 6:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


After years in rehab, Friedrich recounts his struggle with gambling addiction in Nietzsche contra Wager.
posted by uosuaq at 6:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ram Dass describes how mathematics is an important part of of our lives in "e Here Now"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vonnegut's story of aliens ravaging earth women...
Tolkien's tale of a tech-savvy working girl...

I'm dumb. I can't figure out either one of these.


The Sires of Titan
The Ho Bit
yes, these are terrible
posted by DarkForest at 6:00 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Christopher Nolan's tale of a hapless thief of electrons, Inept Ion
posted by kagredon at 6:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ernest Hemmingway gives grammar nazis their comeuppance with: For Who The Bell Tolls
posted by ShutterBun at 6:03 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


John le Carre describes an espionage agent who became a geologist in "The Spy Who Came in From the Col"

That's an improvement from the previous novel in the series, where the spy posed as a commercial fisherman in the North Atlantic...
posted by ShutterBun at 6:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stan Lee recounts his time on a mink farm: The Fantastic Fur
posted by DarkForest at 6:06 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Am I the only one who has played along with this game on NPR's Ask Me Another?
posted by leotrotsky at 6:06 PM on July 1, 2013


Biography of Avengers star told in light verse for children, The Ruffalo.
posted by rory at 6:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'd have been even more intimidated by Lisbeth Salander if she'd been The Girl with the Dagon Tattoo.
posted by gingerest at 6:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


The feel-good hit about learning to go along to get along, Atlas Hugged. yes 2 letters but too good to pass up

I'll allow that if you'll allow Tom Wolfe's story of the early days of a disco icon: The Right Stu
posted by ShutterBun at 6:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Glen David Gold's debut novel, the tale of our 39th President's heretofore-unmentioned cannibalism via anthropomorphism: Carter Eats the Devil.
posted by tzikeh at 6:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Anthony Swofford describes his experiences with Jamaican mysticism in "Ja Head"
David Guterson describes the effects of extreme tornado weather in "Sow Falling on Cedars"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 6:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


I am a non-fiction guy. I recently enjoyed Lynne Truss' lovely examination of the daily life of the owl, Eats, Hoots, & Leaves, and also Michael Moore's candid and somewhat negative work of self-criticism, Stupid White Me.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:12 PM on July 1, 2013 [8 favorites]


Our hero searches for another kind of honey pot in Winnie the Poo
posted by ShutterBun at 6:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Who can forget Madeleine L'Engle's tale of a time-traveling gastropod, A Winkle in Time.
posted by murphy slaw at 6:15 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Also: Philip Pullman's recent biography of the central figure of a a major religion, which takes an unexpected sidetrack into Pullman's long feud with his antagonistic next-door neighbour: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Chris.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:16 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


You don't typically think of Roman emperors as experts in conflict resolution, but your assumptions will be challenged by Marcus Aurelius's Mediations.
posted by scody at 6:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


Discover how applied demonology can help you advance your career in How to Win Fiends and Influence People.
posted by uosuaq at 6:19 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don't forget these comic classics!

Noah again saves the world two-by-two in The Ark Knight Returns.

Swap-Thing imagines the environmentally destructive power of international capitalism supplanted by a greener, local barter system.

Hawkey is a cute children's comic about a cuddly bird-of-prey who has adventures with his fuzzy forest friends until he dives for the kill with pinpoint accuracy.

Mutants work out their mommy issues in God Loves Ma Kills.

Nighting follows the sexy clubbing exploits of Bludhaven's most eligible bachelor, Dick Grayson, millionaire man-about-town.

The Sadman by Neil Gaiman has exactly the same plot.
posted by nicebookrack at 6:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [11 favorites]


Malcolm Gladwell investigates dive bars in The Tipping Pint
David Pogue showcases his knowledge of the occult in Witching to the Mac
posted by DarkForest at 6:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Claudius, Robert Graves second-person account of the life of the Roman Emporer.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:22 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Someone's always ready for a quick roll in the hay after a drink in The Mater and Margarita!
posted by scody at 6:23 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Terry Pratchett discusses the sociology of the Ph.D. process in Qual Rites.
posted by mixing at 6:25 PM on July 1, 2013


Veblen waxes philosophical about trophy wives in The Theory of the Leisure Lass.
posted by uosuaq at 6:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Potman Always Rings Twice, James Cain's hardboiled tale of a cannabis delivery service.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


A Payer for Owen Meany, Irving's harrowing tale of a young boy's descent into prostitution.
posted by h00py at 6:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Giger Man, J. P. Donleavy's controversial novel about that guy that designed the monster in Alien.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:28 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


h00py: A Payer for Owen Meany, Irving's harrowing tale of a young boy's descent into prostitution.

I found it to be rather derivative of Stranger in a Strange Lad.
posted by aws17576 at 6:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [22 favorites]


The Stan, Stephen King's epic tale of, I don't know, a guy named Stan? This one isn't that great.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Last week I did an ancient nytimes crossword and this was the theme. Including Ride and Prejudice, The Oy of Cooking, etc ....

I have no point really except to say that I would have been super impressively speedy at that crossword if I had read this thread first.
posted by gerstle at 6:34 PM on July 1, 2013


A young man's obsession with minutiae makes him a rising star in the world of standards, in Neil Gaiman's An ANSI Boy.
posted by jason_steakums at 6:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Eat, Pay, Love

I'm really surprised no one did that yet.
posted by elmer benson at 6:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The tumultuous story of the two godfathers of barbershop: Masters of Doo
posted by michaelh at 6:39 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fear and Oathing in Las Vegas - A gonzo tail of a Viking voyage gone weird.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:41 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Infinite Est. - a book with... a bunch of words.
All Quit on the Western Front - Cuz war is hell.
The Oys from Brazil - A botched plan to clone little baby Hitlers increases South America's Charlie Chaplin population.
posted by bxyldy at 6:43 PM on July 1, 2013


The Moon is a Hash Mistress, Heinlein's space opera about a libertarian stoner colony on the moon.
posted by Cookiebastard at 6:46 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Upton Sinclair's history of British punk, Oi!
posted by jason_steakums at 6:46 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


Willa Cather gives us a screwball comedy about whether one can invite both a member of the upper echelons of the Catholic Church and the personification of mortality to the same dinner party in Death Comes or the Archbishop.
posted by tzikeh at 6:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Truman Capote's stint on the Eastern seaboard, In Cod Blood

(I might wear out all 200 daily favorites on this thread)
posted by Fig at 6:49 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Naked and the Dad: growing up in a nudist colony.
posted by GrammarMoses at 6:49 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Stephen King's Irestarter, a dark tale of a girl's psychokinetic ability to piss people off.

The Princess Ride, A princess' descent into prostitution?

Mac Bet, A Scottish lord goes to the races.

Hear of Darkness, An allegorical journey to listen to some death metal.

Rome and Juliet, a travelogue.
posted by wabbittwax at 6:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Richard Ford has Bascombe enter the world of TV commercials in The Spotswriter.
posted by O Blitiri at 6:53 PM on July 1, 2013


All the Presidents: Me, the stunning confession of George Washington, now known to be an immortal shapeshifter.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [18 favorites]


LAN of the Cave Bear, a sequel to Terry Bison's "Bears Discover Fire".
posted by fings at 7:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Potable Atheist - Hitch's collection of cannibalistic soup recipes, with a bit of religious analysis thrown in.

Sook Country - Gibson's scathing criticism of the overemphasis on comfort in modern life.

Brave New Wold - Huxley's adventures in the English countryside.

Starship Tropers - The TV Tropes staff acquire their own ship and take to the skies, living out on the edge of the 'Verse, taking jobs where they can get'em, doing whatever it takes to keep flying. You can't stop the signal!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:07 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Miser, Stephen King

And I know this is adding instead of subtracting, but...
The Red Badger of Courage, Stephen Crane
posted by jenh526 at 7:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


And then there's Spider Robinson's interwoven stories about spacefaring beauticians and chronologically challenged alien stylists: Callahan's Crosstime Salon.
posted by tzikeh at 7:08 PM on July 1, 2013


Douglas Adams' ode to a famously versatile typeface, Life, the Univers, and Everything
posted by a halcyon day at 7:12 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Art of Ar: A pirates handbook
The sand
Lol ta - Thanks for the laughs
Starship Tropers: A catalog of Sci-Fi cliches
A Farewell to Arm: The story of an amputee
Eliverance: Communication in the internet age
Une (by Frank Herbert)
A Las Shrugged
posted by blue_beetle at 7:14 PM on July 1, 2013


Bored with the usual potato recipes? Then check out Paddy Chayefsky's foray into cookbooks, Altered Tates.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:16 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The immortal tale of a family of stockbroker rabbits persevering against all odds, Watership Dow.
posted by miyabo at 7:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Somehow the singularity is entirely confined to the Centennial State in (mefi's own!) Charles Stross' Accelerado.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:24 PM on July 1, 2013


The Oy Luck Club, your typical Chinese-Jewish coming-of-age tale
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:25 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just realized I was the second person to post Tory of O. I'm sorry, yoink.

The Privilege Of The Word, in which Riverside learns the pen truly is mightier

The children's favorite Dragons Love Taos is both badly pluralized and much less popular than its Mexican food counterpart.

Sex, Rugs and Cocoa Puffs is pretty much the same as the original but includes a lot more essays about The Big Lebowski

Catching Ire, an alternate title for Mockingjay

How They Et And Other Stories, a David Levithan collection of adorable short stories about food

The Fault In Our Tars, John Green's daring environmental expose
posted by NoraReed at 7:28 PM on July 1, 2013


Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dion, a story of love between a popular singer and actor in the 1950's.
posted by not_on_display at 7:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stephen King and Peter Straub's biography of Harry Belafonte: The Taliman
posted by not_on_display at 7:32 PM on July 1, 2013 [13 favorites]


Steinbeck's epic about lard, Tortilla Fat. There's also a one-letter removal from The grapes of wrath that I'll leave out for the sake of decorum. And in his later years he rode a motorcycle around the US in Travels with Harley.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sisterhood of the Traveling Ants
posted by not_on_display at 7:34 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


How They Et And Other Stories, a David Levithan collection of adorable short stories about food

Oh, this opens up a whole new vein.

The 5 People You Et, In Heaven - A cannibal's tail of the afterlife.

How I Et Your Mother - A TV show about a terrible father telling his children a wildly inappropriate and traumatizing tale of his cannibal youth.

When Harry Et Sally - a budding romance goes terribly wrong.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:35 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Mary Rodgers' classic biography of a tormented artist: Freaky Frida
posted by not_on_display at 7:36 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


The 120 Days of Odom, from the Marquis de Sade's lesser-known later career as a sportswriter.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:37 PM on July 1, 2013


A boy goes on an adventure to discover the secret to a reclusive candymaker's recipes in Charlie and the Chocolate Factor.
posted by wanderingmind at 7:38 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Scott Smith's story about a group of travellers and their nightmarish experience with gastro in The Runs.
posted by the duck by the oboe at 7:41 PM on July 1, 2013


The Garden of Foking Paths, diary of an overworked Scottish landscaper frustrated with his employer's intricate designs.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:42 PM on July 1, 2013 [7 favorites]


This thread makes me wish I could bake cookies and send them to every one of you marvelous human beings.
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Dashiell Hammett's hardboiled agrarian novel Ed Harvest

And who could forget the late Internet-age sequel to Chaim Potok's beloved coming of age novel The Gif of Asher Lev

Perhaps not as well known as his story about German costume, The Hosen.
posted by dismas at 7:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Owl "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by birds biting Tootsie Pops."
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:45 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Catch 2. (In order to request discharge from the army for mental health reasons, all you have to do is ask. That is all.)
posted by not_on_display at 7:46 PM on July 1, 2013


argh, not on display, I was about to call Catch 2 a book about a very mediocre Pokemon player.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:47 PM on July 1, 2013 [9 favorites]


Alex Haley's generation tale of mold and mildew: Rots.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Akira Toriyama's comic saga of high-powered martial artists fighting the Elder Gods, Dagon Ball Z.
posted by wanderingmind at 7:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fahrenheit 51, the temperature at which you should really think about a heavy coat.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:53 PM on July 1, 2013 [12 favorites]


yet another Wall Street thriller, Black Hawk Dow
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:53 PM on July 1, 2013


a historical tale of rulers who listen: King Ear
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


how to turn your companion animal into a revenue source: The Pro Pet
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:57 PM on July 1, 2013


another Thatcher bio? The Neverending Tory
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:59 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


A Town Like Lice, worst insect infestation ever.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:01 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


robots deal with fluid loss: Do Androids Dream of Electric Seep?
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:06 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Amazing Spider-Ma
posted by Sys Rq at 8:07 PM on July 1, 2013


10 Years of Solitude
posted by lowest east side at 8:07 PM on July 1, 2013


lumberjack's memoir: The Log Goodbye
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:08 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stephen King's Miser - Annie Wilkes downloads the new Misery Chastain book without paying for it. Author Paul Sheldon complains that e-book piracy is worse than getting your feet chopped off.

Stephen King's The Stan - a post-Laurel & Hardy post-Apocalyptic novel when only Stan Laurel survives.

Stephen King's T - "I pity the fool who floats down here."
posted by crossoverman at 8:09 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was actually Lyanna Stark's legs that caught Rhaegar Targaryen's attention, leading to Robert's Rebellion. Check it out in the prequel to the Song of Ice and Fire Novels, A Gam of Thrones.
posted by dhens at 8:10 PM on July 1, 2013


George RR Martin's history of Metafilter - A Storm of Words
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


A Song of Ice and Ire
posted by crossoverman at 8:13 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Rumiko Takahashi and Arthur C. Clarke team up for gender-bending comedy on an alien spacecraft in Rama ½.
posted by wanderingmind at 8:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


A history of the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen's torture methods can be found in A Lash of Kings.
posted by dhens at 8:14 PM on July 1, 2013


Salman Rushdie's novel about Pakistani politicians and the lies they tell to get ahead, Sham, did much better than his follow up about Islamic e-mail etiquette The Moor's Last Sig.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:17 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Rock, the inspirational story of a piece of Quartzite from Philadelphia who wanted more than anything to be knocked out in the first 12 rounds, but was always told it was physically impossible.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:17 PM on July 1, 2013


Notes on Amp, Sontag's discussion of proper live music equipment.

Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Brad, in which Hofstadter posits that the three luminaries were all the same long-lived person. Named Brad.

The Story of My Experiments with Ruth, Gandhi's shocking tell-all!

The Med, um, is the Message? McLuhan tries to sell us on vacation resorts.

The Character of Physical Aw, Feynman explains just why we find puppies adorable.

A Room of One Sow, Virginia Woolf presents the most fiendish locked-room mystery ever!
posted by Lemurrhea at 8:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Not to be outdone, Naoko Takeuchi unveils her influential fantasy saga about magical barnyard warriors, Sailor Moo.
posted by nicebookrack at 8:18 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tom Wolfe's gripping book about a Vietnamese New Year's celebration that gets out of control, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tet.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:18 PM on July 1, 2013


Fear And Lathing In Las Vegas
posted by the duck by the oboe at 8:20 PM on July 1, 2013


Let's go Lovecraft! posted by jason_steakums at 8:21 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Joseph Heller's tragic tale of a man unable to urinate who returns over and over again to the hospital to have his bladder drained: Cath 22.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:27 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Watership Own: a bunch or rabbits raise money selling fresh produce at the farmer's market to buy a hill and thus escape the destruction of their burrow home.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:28 PM on July 1, 2013


Miss Marple gets to the bottom of Nancy Spungen's murder once and for all in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Sid.
posted by scody at 8:29 PM on July 1, 2013


The Huger Games, for when you need something bigger than the Olympics.

To Kill a Mockingbid, stories of winning auction bids that were too insulting for the media to report.

Fifty Shades of Ray, one man's journey to find the perfect tan.
posted by SpacemanStix at 8:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell explore the dark world of botched haircuts: Fro Hell
posted by not_on_display at 8:43 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Richard Dawkins deals with the pace of modern life in The Go Illusion.
which so many of us WISH he'd write instead...
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:47 PM on July 1, 2013


Rabbi, Run - John Updike
All the Pretty Hoses - Cormac McCarthy
posted by jenh526 at 8:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


on TV, the proposed follow-up series to "Mad Men": "Breaking Ad".
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:54 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Death and Life of Great American Cites - A thorough analysis of the functioning of good bibliographies and the threats to their integrity.

Extraordinary Delusions and the Madness of Crows - They may be smart individually, but in a roost the craziest ideas can take root.
posted by parudox at 8:56 PM on July 1, 2013


The Sound and the Fury also works well with one extra letter: The Sound and the Furry.

no, we have to be subtractive here... The Sound and the Fur is good enough.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:56 PM on July 1, 2013


Tired of struggling in obscurity, Nikolai Gogol pays the bills with the sensationalistic Diary of a Madam.

A guide to dealing with airplane barotrauma: Ear of Flying

On the island of Crete, an exuberant musician opens an internet cafe in Zorba the Geek.

Truman Capote recounts the horrible summer he spent working on a fishing trawler: In Cod Blood

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross teaches you how to hum in The Rest is Nose.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The whole family's here: All the Kinsmen.

Journey to the center of the sun: The Heat of the Matter.
posted by MoonOrb at 8:57 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aphrodisiacal recipes used by large animal breeders: The Moosewoo Cafe Cookbook.

After crossing some of Boston's busiest roads, there was only one hatchling left for the friendly policeman to help direct into the Public garden: Make Way for Duckling.

The serialized story of a devout orthopedic shoemaker in 19th-Century Britain: Middlearch.

Popperville's town hall really wasn't very well-made, but quite warm in the end: Mike Mulligan's Steam Hovel.

Shel Silverstein's rhyming travelogue, Here the Sidewalk Ends.

This is fun! And you guys made me laugh like a hyena!
posted by wenestvedt at 8:59 PM on July 1, 2013


sci-fi about a inter-galaxy transit: The Andromeda Train
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:01 PM on July 1, 2013


World War II marching songs collected by Cornelius Ryan in A Bridge to Fa.

And his other big hit book about a D-Day soldier who never found a uniform to cover his ankles or wrists: The Longest Da. (Works best with an Irish accent, I think.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:02 PM on July 1, 2013


all about computer storage: A ROM of One's Own
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:03 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Traffic control for flying lizards: The Dragonlane Chronicles
posted by mixing at 9:04 PM on July 1, 2013


I thought The 'Stan was King's 2012 collection of first-person interviews of veterans coming home from Kabul. Hmm, must be confused with something else...
posted by wenestvedt at 9:05 PM on July 1, 2013


a tribute to farmers past: The Ag of Innocence
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jesus' On, about that time Jesus was on public access (it was OK)

The Bothers Karamazov. fuckin' hate those guys!

The Ream Songs ...
posted by invitapriore at 9:06 PM on July 1, 2013


A once-famous teen idol's later career goes south in The Fall of the Hose of Usher
posted by not_on_display at 9:06 PM on July 1, 2013


(And anyway, all those copies of The World According to ARP can go on the shelf next to my copy of Th' Story of Ping.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:06 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dang, sorry Fig and mogget.

A look into the life of supermodels: The Way Thins Work
posted by hydrophonic at 9:08 PM on July 1, 2013


Goldilocks needs to find a specialist in The Three Ears.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:08 PM on July 1, 2013


a cheerleader's memoir: Ra Time (or an ancient Egyptian if you insist on differentiating between Ra and Rah)
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:09 PM on July 1, 2013


As BEMO on Adventure Tim says, "Who wants to play video games?"

How about a round of CounterTrike, the online game of dueling toddlers on tricked out tricycles.

Brad, the indie hit about Brad doing things.

Fire up your N64 emulator and help your vulpine friend out of a sticky situation in Tar Fox.

Hot weather getting you down? Sit indoors and play Rain Simulator 2013.

Enjoy the eerie 8-bit ambience of Mario Aint, or try retro sadistic slapstick in Mario Pain.
posted by gamera at 9:10 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


a guide to river floating: Lie on the Mississippi (or politicians in the southern state, either way)
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Hunger Gams
posted by dismas at 9:13 PM on July 1, 2013


Gone With the Win: set during a major Starcraft tournament, the book is criticized in some corners for its problematic treatment of women in the geek community.

Gus, Germs, and Steel: Mr. Angus Smith of Springfield, Ohio accidentally changes the course of civilization with the help of a time machine, kitchen cutlery, and a mild case of the common cold.

Flowers for Algeron: A history of the Earth-Romulan war.

Democracy in 'Merica: because de Tocqueville was a) too French, and b) never had the chance to learn about Budweiser, monster trucks, and all the different foods that can be deep fried and put on a stick.

Paradise Lot: the world's greatest parking spaces.

The Importance of Being Ernest... basically the same as the original.

Prometheus Bond: After a bungled theft of satellite technology James Bond is imprisoned for months by the Russians while MI6 tries to negotiate his release. Despite numerous vodka martinis, Bond's liver miraculously regenerates from cirrhosis.
posted by Wemmick at 9:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Enjoy the eerie 8-bit ambience of Mario Aint, or try retro sadistic slapstick in Mario Pain.

Then culture yourself in the whimsical yet competitive Mario Art.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hawthorn's guide to carpentry for restorers of historical homes, House of the Even Gables.

The Flaming Carrot explores issues of teen group identity in The Utsiders.

A stranger comes to town in the Old West, opening up a dialogue about mental health that frees the citizens to openly explore their own issues, in Sane.

A really stupid Yorkshireman lets a 14-year old girl accompany him on a horseback trek as he hunts down an armed killer in True Git.
posted by wenestvedt at 9:14 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Damn. I've been informed that Tar Fox was first available on the Nintendo SNE. Later games in the series were on the N6 and the GameCub.
posted by gamera at 9:16 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Harold McGee encourages programmers to substitute arbitrary items in recipes in On Foo and Cooking.

Man, I gotta get to bed.....
posted by wenestvedt at 9:16 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Banned from school libraries in Kansas: Evolutionary Road
posted by MoonOrb at 9:26 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


He-grapes of wrath. I don't even want to know what it's about.
posted by hoople at 9:33 PM on July 1, 2013


Onan the Barbarian
posted by dismas at 9:33 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


dismas: "Onan the Barbarian"

The Arnold movie still sounds exactly the same if you're not looking (aaargh aaarghleblaahh aaaargh!)
posted by jason_steakums at 9:37 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Olden Bowl, something of a spiritual sequel to Logan's Run.
posted by hoople at 9:37 PM on July 1, 2013


For Who the Bell Tolls
posted by dismas at 9:40 PM on July 1, 2013


more TV shows...

the listening game show: Top Ear
a reality show with an iconic t-shirt printer: Top Che
the golfing cartoon: South Par
about a sex-obsessed old guy: Dad Wood
travelogue in metal mining country: Tin Peaks
more lumberjacks: Fir Fly
women and keys: She Lock
cooking show about boiling poultry: The Wet Wing
cannibalism comedy: How I Et Your Mother
organic chemistry drama: Prion Break
gardening show about irrigation: Hose Line Is It Anyway?
documentary on packaging: The Big Bag Theory
split personality drama: Two and a Half Me
tales of traveling road pavers: Tar Trek
baby bear excitement: Cub Your Enthusiasm
a short-person's tale: Ed Dwarf (I'm going to hell for that one)
about an embezzling accountant: Back Adder
life in a big box store: Get Mart
maternity ward drama: Baby On 5
about a brewery in a graveyard: Ales from the Crypt
about singer impersonators: Chers
high-tech astronomers: 3D Rock from the Sun
wannabe singers working as waiters: La and Order
about a man who raises aquarium fish: Golden Gils
keeping Florida cool: Miami Ice
about inheritance and prejudice: Will and Race
monster sitcom: Fiends
a cowboy with rage issues: Walker, Texas Anger
a show about shepherds: Ba Watch
and just: Gee
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sartre's musing on the futility of Microsoft's search engine, Bing and Nothingness.
posted by dhens at 9:52 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Saul Alinksy's guide to changing tires: Rules for Radials
posted by elmer benson at 10:05 PM on July 1, 2013 [4 favorites]


Roosevelt's steamy expose of his tumultuous relationship with J Edgar Hoover and his crusade against bad posture: The Hunchback of Notre Dam

Oscar Wilde's chronicle of one man's addiction to Cialis: The Impotance of Being Earnest

Upton Sinclair's graphic memoir of his exploration of frat house refrigerators: He Jungle
posted by Riton at 10:07 PM on July 1, 2013


The 'Nam of The Rose, kind-of a modern update on the story of Joan of Arc.
posted by hoople at 10:11 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


An expose about marital infidelity: How the Other Half Lies
posted by MoonOrb at 10:20 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


An expose about marital infidelity: How the Other Hal Lives.
posted by hoople at 10:26 PM on July 1, 2013


The 'Ound of Music - An odd tale about a Cockney dog that can play the harmonium.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 10:48 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


crossoverman: A Song of Ice and Ire

This reminds me, there's a café in my town whose window advertises "ireless Internet". That's quite a filter.
posted by aws17576 at 10:50 PM on July 1, 2013 [3 favorites]


Jim Bouton once again upsets the baseball establishment, this time with his scathing expose of athletes' poor personal hygiene, Ball Fur.
posted by scody at 10:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Ood Earth follows the story of a tentacle-faced alien as its fortumes rise and fall.
posted by Zalzidrax at 10:52 PM on July 1, 2013


This reminds me, there's a café in my town whose window advertises "ireless Internet". That's quite a filter.

I would pay so much for a cup of coffee at a place that removes ire from the internet
posted by NoraReed at 11:02 PM on July 1, 2013 [6 favorites]


Cormac McCarthy's novel about a stable hand's series of frustrating attempts to break difficult stallions in the south west - All the Petty Horses.
posted by loominpapa at 11:12 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ruminations on a companionless deer: Lonesome Doe.
posted by MoonOrb at 11:23 PM on July 1, 2013


From the Russians:

Gogol's The Overcat,

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's One Da in the life of Ivan Denisovich, a story of extreme, but not total, negativity.
posted by loominpapa at 11:31 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


A Japanese woman's obsession with Halloween-themed bedding: The Pillow Boo of Sei Shonagon
posted by zippy at 11:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Eep: F. Paul Wilson's history of an alert sound

A Feast For Cows: GRRM novelizes The Far Side

Dive: James Sallis's story of love and violence in a crap bar

The Last Colon: John Scalzi writes about punctuation in the distant future

The Log Goodbye: In which Philip Marlowe searches for a mysterious chamber pot

One One: Colson Whitehead's novel about mysterious creatures that speak only in binary

Little, Bi: John Crowley's account of the exploits of a sexually adventurous dwarf

The Naked and the DEA: Norman Mailer's novel about his experiences as a drug smuggler

The Manuscript Fund In Saragossa: High adventure in grant writing
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:51 PM on July 1, 2013 [5 favorites]


I Chin: divination and inspiration via the close study of stubble and wattles
posted by zippy at 11:53 PM on July 1, 2013


The Long Oodbye - Noirish novelization of the death of the 10th Doctor Who
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 11:56 PM on July 1, 2013


The Executioner's Son
posted by the duck by the oboe at 12:25 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately, we'll never know if Hoffman's "Seal this Book" is any good.

Die! Surrender! Subjugate!

posted by prospero320 at 12:31 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Peak Memory: Nabokov remembers every last goddamned thing

and then there's his Ale Fire... it was a very strong brew.
posted by ennui.bz at 12:31 AM on July 2, 2013


Small pageloading search engines in The Unbearable Lightness of Bing
posted by the duck by the oboe at 12:36 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


And then there is that classic text by Kafka on the history of Iranian currency: The Rial
posted by ennui.bz at 12:40 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Watership Don, the mafia bunny.
The Great Gasby, because I'm twelve.

posted by Cocodrillo at 2:05 AM on July 2, 2013


The Great Gastly, you say?
posted by kagredon at 2:18 AM on July 2, 2013


LOL, ta! - Nabokov's harrowing tale of 21st century manners.
posted by h00py at 3:55 AM on July 2, 2013


Fast, on love at first sight and untimely death, by Goethe.

Roberto Bolaño's 666 on celebrating el día de los muertos in rural Mexico.

The Second Ex: a woman's way to a successful breakup.
posted by ipsative at 4:06 AM on July 2, 2013


William Gibson's sobering collection of stories set in a small neighborhood in Tokyo following the Great Kanto Quake of 1923: Burning Chome
posted by Ghidorah at 4:29 AM on July 2, 2013


Smilla's Sense of Now: a tastemaker of the utmost prescience, out of the bleeding edge of fashion, taking no prisoners. Alternatively, Smilla's Sense of NOW, a woman's look back at her years involved in the struggle for equality.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:33 AM on July 2, 2013


The Wits, part two of Roald Dahl's genius trilogy.

James and the Giant Pech, an English student's disastrous Erasmus semester in Berlin.

The Ummer of my German Soldier. Life after the happy end.
posted by ipsative at 4:35 AM on July 2, 2013


once you start looking at your bookshelf like this you can't stop

The Divine Hors, phyllis tickle's appetizer cookbook
posted by gerstle at 4:40 AM on July 2, 2013


ipsative: its funny because Dahl already has a letter missing from his first name.
posted by biffa at 4:43 AM on July 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Infinite Jet, in which David Foster Wallace poses (and answers!) the question: if an airplane taxis in one direction on a moving conveyor belt going the opposite direction, can the plane take off?

Brief Interviews With Hideous Me, Wallace's follow-up, a searing bit of self-destructive navel gazing in which Wallace lays bare his tormented soul.

A Cancer, James Kelman's tale of one gambler's chemotherapy, narrated by the tumour eating away at his gall bladder.

Gravity's Ain Bow, Pynchon's stunning, oft-overlooked work about a Scottish girl called Gravity and her self-fashioned decorative accoutrement.

'Mon, Palace, by Paul Auster. Inspired by Bill Buford's Among The Thugs, Auster spends a year following the ups and downs of one South London football team, meanwhile waxing lyrical on the merits of Lambert & Butler pack design, the disappearance of Bass lager and not being able to get it up after your team has been whipped 4-0 by Millwall.

The WAP Factory: Iain Banks goes undercover to expose the grim and exploitative practices of a designer of an outdated, mobile phone-based web browser.
posted by Len at 5:45 AM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


This doesn't work very well with numbers.

Actually, 0,000 Leagues Under The Sea is an investigation of the shady mechanics who roll back the odometers on used submarines.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 5:57 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Man in the Ron Mask, Dumas' Harry Potter retcon in which he imagines that Ron Weasley is replaced by a poorly disguised imposter partway through the fourth novel.
posted by jonnyploy at 6:03 AM on July 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


As You Ike It is of course Shakespeare's famous historical play about Dwight D. Eisenhower.
posted by ersatz at 6:30 AM on July 2, 2013


The All of Cthulhlu: The definitive biography.
posted by Gelatin at 6:45 AM on July 2, 2013


Nick Hornby's book about Yiddish language education in England: About a Oy.

What happens at a hair salon in the wee hours: The Curious Incident of the 'Do in the Night-Time.

David Allen's book on wildlife management, Getting Things Doe. (Only had to change one word in the description, too!)

Michael Lewis writes about the business of baseball: Money All.

Faulkner is woken from a nap by the oven timer: As I Lay, Ding!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:46 AM on July 2, 2013


Goo Wives - Louisa May Alcott's ode to lube.
posted by h00py at 6:49 AM on July 2, 2013


Disturbing children's book, Frog and Toad are Fiends
Salman Rushdie's tale of a sad cow, The Moo's Last Sigh
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson join PETA, The Sin of the Fur
posted by pointystick at 6:51 AM on July 2, 2013


The Sound and the Fur, being the memoirs of the first Phillie Phanatic.

The Sin of the Four, being Doyle's attempt at something racier.

The Andromeda Stain, being Crichton's attempt at something racier.

War and Pace, being the condensed edition of War and Peace.

Time Cub, being the tale of a bear who has greatly reduced need for hibernation after becoming aware of nature's simultaneous harmonic 4-day time cube".
posted by hoople at 6:56 AM on July 2, 2013


The press gets wind of a scandal involving a young royal in Mark Twain's classic, The Prince and the Paper.
posted by Redstart at 6:57 AM on July 2, 2013


A different Nick Hornby tale, of cramped conditions forcing bizarre compromises in building codes: Abut a Boy.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:05 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ruble Fish - S.E. Hinton's harrowing tale of a Russian aquarium and its quest to jazz up the wishing well.
posted by h00py at 7:07 AM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


The dark ceramics-loving pirate novel, HARR! Potter and the Deathly Hallows
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:07 AM on July 2, 2013


A Wrinkle in Tim, Madeleine L'Engle's study on aging.
posted by spoolian at 7:07 AM on July 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Dark Alf - Stephen King's harrowing tale of an alien who finally realises that existence is futile.
posted by h00py at 7:10 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


The not-so-epic 10 Years of Solitude
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:12 AM on July 2, 2013


Mansfield Ark, the story of a poor girl marrying her rich cousin after navigating the class politics of the Ark in 19th-century England.

The Fellowship of the Rig, a heart-warming tale about a bunch of hardy oil drillers.
posted by ersatz at 7:14 AM on July 2, 2013


The Sound and the Fry

(french fry overlooking Puget Sound?)
posted by Pax at 7:15 AM on July 2, 2013


The Horn Birds - Life's not easy for the women of the brass section on a remote Australian cattle station.
posted by h00py at 7:17 AM on July 2, 2013


I'm done reading for today; I'm off to play my favourite game, Mass Effete.

It's valid in IPA.
posted by ersatz at 7:26 AM on July 2, 2013


Ship Beaker: Paolo Bacigalupi's treatise on the logistics of supply chains for scientific equipment.

Neal Stephenson warns us of the dangers of frostbite in Snow Rash.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grim tell some ok stuff in Grim's Fair Tales.

Bruce Sterling recounts a tragedy in Boston Tourism: Lack Swan.

Kaitlin Kiernan tells the story of a MeFi meetup gone horribly wrong - The Drowning IRL.
posted by mrgoat at 7:31 AM on July 2, 2013


Farenheit 51: The temperature at which not wearing a long-sleeved shirt is perhaps slightly uncomfortable.
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:32 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Story O Edgar Sawtelle - the adventures of a mute boy and his dog...in Ireland.
posted by spinifex23 at 8:03 AM on July 2, 2013


A Tee Grows in Brooklyn, being the story of founding an urban golf course against in the face of incredible adversity.

The Red and the Back, something in the spirit of 50 shades, but more historical.

Either/r, the memoir of an indecisive sputterer.
posted by hoople at 8:16 AM on July 2, 2013


Eat, Ray, Love: same thing as Eat, Pray, Love, but with more suntanning and less praying.
Water or Elephants: a story about a person having to decide to be drowned or trampled to death.
The Unger Games: The tale of Felix Unger having to fight Oscar Madison to the death.
posted by Green With You at 8:23 AM on July 2, 2013


Stephen King's Sales Lot. A vampire owns a used-car dealership in Derry.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:39 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jane Austen's biography of the hockey team from Ottawa that could: Sens and Sensibility

Toni Morrison's moving meditation on the joys and sorrows of online dating: eLoved

Henry James' take on a Mutiny on the Bounty-style situation, when cruise ship workers rebel: The Turn of the Crew

Dodie Smith's tale of a shocking attempt at social mobility in a rigid society: I Capture the Caste

Douglas Coupland's trenchant analysis of the increasing restrictions on toiletries in air travel: Shampoo Plane

OJ Simpson's treatise on masturbation: If I Did I

Cormac McCarthy's study of the inanimate carbon entity so valuable in nuclear power: The Rod

Two by Thornton Wilder to finish: A town jealously guards its mound of food resources in Our Ton, and later repents in the sequel, The Sin of Our Teeth
posted by ilana at 8:41 AM on July 2, 2013


Amazed that nobody's mentioned Lost Consonants yet, surely the most masterful and long-running exposition of the genre.
posted by Devonian at 8:43 AM on July 2, 2013


It Can Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis's heavy-handed anti-fascist polemic.

Man Street, Sinclair Lewis's precocious anticipation of reactionary anti-feminism.

Moby, Ick!, the disturbing tell-all about a certain musicians bizarre side-interests.

Little Hose on the Prairie, a shocking exposé covering the recent epidemic of under-equipped rural fire stations.

The Iron Eel, an absurdist work about a heavier-than-water eel stuck at the bottom of the sea.
posted by hoople at 9:00 AM on July 2, 2013


Who could forget John Grisham's gripping tale of a young dendrologist who flees from his corrupt former employers in the Forestry Service in the 1991 thriller The Fir?
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:31 AM on July 2, 2013


Elven Rings: The Soul of Success, Phil Jackson's reflection on being one of the greatest basketball coaches in Middle-earth.
posted by Room 641-A at 10:13 AM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jurassic Par, the story of prehistoric golf.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:19 AM on July 2, 2013


Going Rogue: An American Lie
posted by hydrophonic at 10:28 AM on July 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


Gam Change, a book that examines the legs on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the 2008 elections.
posted by kagredon at 10:33 AM on July 2, 2013


Orwell's chilling tale of mutant deformity, Animal Arm.

Burgess's little known and prescient work for the green generation: cooking without carbon or, A Clockwork Range.

Iain M. Banks futuristic dystopian tale set in a foul-smelling camp site: Loo to Windward.


David Mitchell's useful global guide to locating fools: Clod Atlas.
posted by Decani at 10:37 AM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


The exploits of the French arboreal army: The Tree Musketeers.
A psychoanalytical look at raves: Civilization and Its Disco Tents.
Sodium batteries will make us rich! The Wealth of Na Ions
posted by hydrophonic at 10:45 AM on July 2, 2013 [11 favorites]


My favorite comic strip growing up was the one with that chipmunk and his stuffed tiger... Alvin and Hobbes.
posted by not_on_display at 10:53 AM on July 2, 2013


The Man With the Olden Gun, a steampunk reimagining of James Bond.
posted by Crane Shot at 10:58 AM on July 2, 2013


Casio Royale, 007's lo-fi synthpop band.
posted by jason_steakums at 11:07 AM on July 2, 2013 [11 favorites]


An illustrated children's storybook of anthropomorphic butts and faecal transplants, A A Milne's Innie the Pooh.
posted by zippy at 11:10 AM on July 2, 2013


The tale of a dastardly pair of Albertan underpants: How the Ginch Stole Christmas
posted by Sys Rq at 12:02 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


I know the bible joke's been done but I couldn't resist:

Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bile
posted by jason_steakums at 12:41 PM on July 2, 2013 [5 favorites]


Story of ruthless leader of a rabbit gang: Watership Don

Story of a harried stock trader in a rabbit warren: Watership Dow

Story of a real estate magnate's attempt to corner the market in a rabbit warren: Watership Own

Okay, that last one was really weak.

posted by Mental Wimp at 1:33 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Story of the integration of a biker gang: Ride and Prejudice
posted by Mental Wimp at 1:37 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


In Harold and the Purple Rayon, Harold uses a yard of fabric to create an imaginary world.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factor a young boy discovers that personal integrity is more important than counting carbs.

Where the Wild Thins Are, a cautionary tale of the hazards of being a young actress in Hollywood.
posted by Room 641-A at 1:59 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Titling trends in Print 2.0:

Hungr
Dublinrs
Jnky
Firestartr
Goldfingr

(oh god such a cheap joke but I have no regrets)
posted by jason_steakums at 2:11 PM on July 2, 2013


Metafilter's favorite self-help recommendation, about the healing powers of slime: Feeling Goo.

Super late to my own FPP here, but good work everybody else. This thread is everything I dreamed it would be and more.
posted by ActionPopulated at 3:35 PM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


The cast and crew of the Twilight Zone journey without Serling: The Rodless Traveled.
posted by MoonOrb at 3:37 PM on July 2, 2013


Actually, that works better as a group of equipment-less fishermen, perhaps.
posted by MoonOrb at 3:38 PM on July 2, 2013


Notes From Underround, the journal of a frustrated protractor manufacturer.
posted by Crane Shot at 4:07 PM on July 2, 2013


Another variant of this game is to modify one letter in the title, which yields Stephen King's seven volume epic of the the laundry challenged gunfighter, The Dark Towel.
posted by Bruce H. at 5:57 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


You could even go so far as permitting a modification of one phoneme, which yields such gems as Infinite Chest, which is Fabio's biography
posted by invitapriore at 5:58 PM on July 2, 2013


Orwell's Anima Farm - where the animals get in touch with their true inner selves
posted by jenh526 at 6:00 PM on July 2, 2013


Lay Chatterley's Lover - even more pornographic than the original
The Ilia - a Greek epic poem about pelvic bones
posted by jenh526 at 6:09 PM on July 2, 2013


Dave Eggars A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genus: One man's trivial pursuit of knowledge
posted by iamkimiam at 6:30 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lay Chatterley's Lover - even more pornographic than the original

Primarily because it's a choose-your-own-adventure.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:47 PM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Best Chinese meal ever: A Heartbreaking Wok of Staggering Genius
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:04 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Lad Chatterley's Lover, because... why not?
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:06 PM on July 2, 2013


How to make money writing self-help books: Feeing Good
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:07 PM on July 2, 2013


touched by the hand of who?
Godfinger
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:09 PM on July 2, 2013


Fourier analysis goes terribly wrong:

The Sining
posted by jamjam at 7:24 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Michio Kaku's look into the multi-dimensional world of rap beefs: Hypespace.
posted by Eideteker at 7:28 PM on July 2, 2013


Porn that was poorly received after people discovered the whole film was sped up: A Cockwork Orange
posted by kagredon at 7:29 PM on July 2, 2013


Kant's infamous Prince dis tract: A Critique of 'Ure' Reason
posted by Eideteker at 7:42 PM on July 2, 2013


Ho on Pop - the seedy side of Seuss
posted by jenh526 at 7:57 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Raymond Chandler's exploration of sexuality: The Bi Sleep

300: The Final Odyssey - Frank Poole returns from deep space to lead the Spartans into battle at the Hot Gates.

Inquisitive schoolkids unmask their teacher as a debt obligation in My Teacher is a Lien

Gaiman's novelization of the Cake song: Neverhere

"Douglas Adams' ode to a famously versatile typeface, Life, the Univers, and Everything"
Brian Greene's follow-up "The Elegant Univers" was good, too.
posted by Eideteker at 8:01 PM on July 2, 2013


J. D. Salinger tries his hand at erotica: Nin Stories

Barack Obama Sr. was a prolific correspondent: Reams from My Father
posted by hydrophonic at 8:11 PM on July 2, 2013


King's lyrical epic: The Gunsinger

Lem's prescient look at Internet advertising: The Cyber Ad

Infinity Welcomes Careful Divers

It was a sun that thinks: Neuron Star

The Moe in God's Eye – Oh, a wiseguy, eh?

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Lie
posted by Eideteker at 8:15 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Fahrenheit 45: Ray Bradbury's research into the optimal temperature for storing books.
posted by DarkForest at 8:25 PM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Train Potting, describing a sub-variety of the model train hobby.

The God of Mall Things, self-explantory.

Here the Wild Things Are, also self-explanatory.

Jams and the Giant Peach, two great flavors that go better together.
posted by hoople at 9:40 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Haruki Murakami's tale warning us of the perils of polluting the ocean with sewage - Kaka on the Shore
posted by loominpapa at 10:23 PM on July 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Njal's Sag: Epic tale of an Icelandic gangsta, blood feuds and revenge

Though the Looking Glass

Dan Brown's new thriller concerns the cremated corpse of a heavenly messenger (rumored to have mystical powers): Angel's Ashes
posted by Eideteker at 10:26 PM on July 2, 2013


Mr. Drummond adopts a pair of African-American siblings because one is a savant with the ability to complete his steampunk computer, changing the face of society as we know it...

The Diff'rence Engine
posted by Eideteker at 10:32 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Dan Brown's new thriller concerns the cremated corpse of a heavenly messenger (rumored to have mystical powers): Angel's Ashes"
Sequel concerns several angels who, having died, paradoxically find themselves in an afterlife here on Earth: The Late of Heaven

Teenagers befriend a mathematical confectioner in Paul Zindel's The Pi Man

Sherlock Holmes takes a summer vacation in: A Sandal in Bohemia
...And teams up with Herbert West in: The Re-Headed League
...Cracks an early version of Geek Code in: The Adventure of the Geek Interpreter
...Then deals with gardening annoyances and poor irrigation in: The Adventure of the Empty Hose
posted by Eideteker at 10:54 PM on July 2, 2013 [3 favorites]


Over 500 hundred comments and nobody mentioned Zorba the Geek.
posted by Elmore at 3:44 AM on July 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


mogget and hydrophonic did!
posted by jason_steakums at 7:17 AM on July 3, 2013


I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned that classic trilogy about the hard, lonely life on the road -- the protagonist's job is to deliver precious goods to desolate places: The Lord of the Rigs
posted by not_on_display at 7:24 AM on July 3, 2013


"Over 500 hundred comments and nobody mentioned Zorba the Geek."

How Broken Was My Ctrl-F
posted by Eideteker at 8:08 AM on July 3, 2013 [4 favorites]


A Farwell to rms, Hemmingway's eulogy for Richard Stallman.
posted by fings at 8:28 AM on July 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


The ePublic. A Socratic dialogue, written by Plato, concerning the definition of justice and the order and character of the just Social Web.
posted by Kabanos at 9:08 AM on July 3, 2013


Michio Kaku's look into the multi-dimensional world of rap beefs: Hypespace.

And the sequel about those that do it very, very fast: Hyperpace.
posted by Mental Wimp at 10:10 AM on July 3, 2013


Over 500 hundred comments and nobody mentioned Zorba the Geek.

It turns out that one's been discussed a few times, but its companion volume about the foul-smelling musician, Zorba: The Reek, has not.
posted by MoonOrb at 10:56 AM on July 3, 2013


Eideteker: "How Broken Was My Ctrl-F"

I think this thread broke me, I keep trying to insert a letter into "Ctrl-F" to figure out what book title that could be.
posted by jason_steakums at 11:23 AM on July 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


John Dos Passos's little-known masterwork about an entirely different nation: S.A.

Milan Kundera's angry biography of one of America's most revered entertainers: The Unbearable Lightness of Bing.
posted by Decani at 12:21 PM on July 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Richard Llewellyn describes urban ecology efforts in "How Green Was My Alley"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 10:28 AM on July 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


How Broken Was My Ctrl-F

Heh, yeah. Took me a minute to work out what the hell the 'zurba' in my browser's search box was all about today. I'm taking this missing letter business to the max.
posted by Elmore at 10:50 AM on July 4, 2013


Eo-Topia, a novel-length work of Captain Eo fan fiction.
posted by hoople at 12:17 PM on July 4, 2013


11/2/63 - on this date nothing of interest happened
posted by psoas at 2:16 PM on July 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don't tell that to Ngo Dinh Diem.
posted by ShutterBun at 2:19 AM on July 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Harry Potter and the Alf Blood Prince
posted by dismas at 9:29 PM on July 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Iain Banks novels are quite rich for these too: The rural epic "The Cow Road", or the painful sounding "The Crow Rod". The rather S&M sounding "Walking on Lass", or a more extreme "Waking on Glass", "Canal Drams" about drinking whisky by the water's edge, or the more obvious "Anal Dreams", which I shan't describe...
posted by loominpapa at 11:08 PM on July 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hemingway's novel about North Korea's current great leader, The Un Also Rises.
posted by lbebber at 11:40 PM on July 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


All Yo Zombies
posted by Eideteker at 8:44 AM on July 8, 2013


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