Monday, December 12, 2011

GREAT BOOK TITLES


Isn't this the greatest facade for a library in the world?
Kansas City, Missouri.








I am often so taken with a book title, I have to at least give the book a shot.

This one is on reserve at my library right now: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

The cover only bolsters my idea I will love it.

What are some of your favorite book titles?

26 comments:

Gerard said...

Real titles: Zombie Butts From Uranus! and Day My Butt Went Psycho.

Anonymous said...

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him...
Let's Hear it For the Deaf Man
You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up
What We Talk About When We Talk ABout Love
The Fools in Town Are on Our Side
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4
Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?
The Shepherd, The Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle
Dog
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fightfight in Heaven

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Go-Go is a real gem. I also like THE SISTER BROTHERS, which I am reading that now. WANDAY HICKEY'S NIGHT OF PASSION. WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES.

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Anonymous said...

Non fiction:

I Was Told There'd Be Cake
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Devil in the White City; Murder, Magic & Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Jeff M.

Heath Lowrance said...

My all time favorite book titles:
One Monday We Killed Them All, John D. MacDonald
Here Comes a Candle, Fredric Brown
City of Widows, Loren Estleman
Kiss Your Ass Goodbye and New Hope for the Dead, Charles Willeford
Bury Me Deep, Megan Abbott

Erik Donald France said...

I do dig that facade -- cool~~

Many many many good titles. Even in translation. Three:

Death on the Installment Plan
Another Bullshit Day in Suck City
Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork

Anonymous said...

Bimbos of the Death Sun
Sassafras,Cypress and Indigo
She Walks These Hills
Practical Demonkeeping

Michel

Cap'n Bob said...

Naked on Roller Skates
Reform School Girl
The Screaming Mimi
Three's a Sandwich

pattinase (abbott) said...

A Hero Ain't Nothing But a Sandwich.

Jerry House said...

I'm Going to have to go with WALTER THE FARTING DOG and various sequels.

Dan_Luft said...

Trout Fishing in America, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Last Exit to Brooklyn, No Exit from Brooklyn (Randisi), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love... Lots of great ones without even getting to Raymond Chandler.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

For starters: GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy; THE LAST PLACE GOD MADE and A PRAYER FOR THE DYING by Jack Higgins; WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson; THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera; THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams; THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving; THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER by Alan Sillitoe; and LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel García Márquez...

Deb said...

So many great titles...they make me want to read those books immediately. However, I'm going to go with BECAUSE IT IS BITTER AND BECAUSE IT IS MY HEART by Joyce Carol Oates. Whatever its merits as a novel, the title just screams "Read me!"

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

I think Pride and Prejudice with Zombies, is still a great one. Another is The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time.

Dana C. Kabel said...

A Ticket To The Boneyard is the first book that drew my attention to Lawrence Block.

And I think Monkey Justice is a very compelling title, Patti

pattinase (abbott) said...

And a Dance at the Slaughterhouse.
I bought CURIOUS INCIDENT just for the title. JCO is very good at it. As is John Irving-also like A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY AND CIDER HOUSE RULES>
Thanks, Dana.

Al Tucher said...

One of Patricia T. O'Connor's books on grammar and usage:

Woe is I.

Yvette said...

I have this one on my radar as well, Patti. Just from the title. Though I did read a short synopsis somewhere.

Some of my favorite titles (and boy do I hate it when a book doesn't live up to it's title):

THE WOODEN LEG OF INSPECTOR ANDERS by Marshall Browne

RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE by Zane Grey

JURASSIC PARK my Michael Crichton

INKHEART by Cornelia Funke

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick

THE WORD MUSEUM by Jeffrey Kacirk

THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS by Jasper Fforde

SOMETHING ROTTEN by Jasper Fforde

THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett

THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

MISDEMEANOR MAN by Dylan Schaffer

....and on and on...

Charles Gramlich said...

The swords of night and day
Sowers of the Thunder
The grey mane of morning

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love the last one, Charles. Could also be THE GREY MANE OF MOURNING.

George said...

PERSUASION

Mike Dennis said...

MY FLESH IS SWEET by Day Keene
DESIRE IN THE DUST by Harry Whittington
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER by David Goodis
SOUTH OF HEAVEN by Jim Thompson

Favorite movie title (hands down):
SURF NAZIS MUST DIE

Kent Morgan said...

My Brother was a only Child is one title I've never forgotten.

John said...

I tend to be intrigued by long quirky titles and not short and sweet titles. I have bought copies of these books based on the title alone:

In the Electric Mist of the Confederate Dead
The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death
The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
Curse of the Pogo Stick
Another Bullshit Day in Suck City

I'm curious to hear what you think of Ransom Riggs' book. I didn't
realize it was published as a young adult book until I went to track it down at my local bookstore and the clerk escorted me over to a pile of some teen vampire books that were Riggs' neighbors. The concept was intriguing, the photos are truly bizarre, the atmosphere is surreal and wonderful, but the execution left me wanting.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I am slowly inching up the list. Frustrating.