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Now we know where Obama got the idea!


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 5:05 AM
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Do I have to see Logan's Run as deep now?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 5:28 AM
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Do I have to see Logan's Run as deep now?

No, you can write it off as derivative.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:07 AM
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To be honest, all I remember is the closet where the girls appear when you want teh sexy.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:08 AM
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Now we know where Obama got the idea!

No shit. Dude was born in the South Pacific. Coincidence?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:33 AM
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4: There's also that moment where Michal York and Jenny Argutter decide that since their clothes have gotten wet in the ice cave, they have to take them off.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:42 AM
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For those of us (like me) who know Trollope mainly through the Barsetshire and Palliser novels, it's often surprising how un-Trollope like some of his lesser known works are.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:42 AM
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Everything I've read of his that was un-Trollope-like was also kind of terrible, and this is no exception. It's probably the dullest satirical dystopia I've ever read, with a lengthily described futuristic-cricket-with-bicycles-catapults-and-body-armor match for extra dullness.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:52 AM
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a lengthily described futuristic-cricket-with-bicycles-catapults-and-body-armor match for extra dullness.

Done right that could be hilarious.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:58 AM
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Done right that could be hilarious.

Patrick McGoohan, thou art avenged.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:02 AM
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Everything I've read of his that was un-Trollope-like was also kind of terrible

I hear that his Fitzwilliam Darcy/Nicholas Nickleby slash fiction was just dreadful.


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:04 AM
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9: Wouldn't you think it would almost be hard to make it not hilarious? But no -- not a glimmer of entertainment value.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:07 AM
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10 was the high spot of the series. I'd have watched as much Sixties Celebrity Kosho as they cared to produce.

("In tonight's mens' quarter-final, Peter O'Toole of Great Britain face off against the defending champion, the United States' Gore Vidal.")


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:14 AM
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It's like people who are desperately serious about playing Quidditch.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:14 AM
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You who amongst the deepest stacks lurks,
Searching for great authors' more obscure works,
Will quite often find, to your certain dismay,
A book by a writer who has gone astray.
Though intrigued a little, hey what the heck,
You can't look away from this awful train wreck.
In for a penny -- in for a dollop
Of bad minor novels by Anthony Trollope


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:35 AM
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Bravo!


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:58 AM
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One of these days I'm going to search the archives for all of those and collect links to them in a post. Ideally, a slim volume bound in limp leather would follow.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:01 AM
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Yeah, my editor at the free literary magazine is the big man on campus for chap-books and poetry stuff in general around here. Someday I should get them all collected.

Speaking of doggerel, I just learned a couple of days ago that the original world headquarters of Burma Shave is just down the street from my work, and I walk past it all the time. Weird.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:07 AM
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14: That's so bizarre. Quidditch is basically an adaptation of existing sports to a world with flying brooms. I'm too lazy to read the rules, but I'm having a hard time imagining the purpose when you can't fly and there are no flying balls to catch.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:32 AM
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It's an extremely bad adaptation of existing sports. It's also the most boring part of her books.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:41 AM
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Ideally, a slim volume bound in limp leather would follow.

Printed on deckle-edged, hand-made paper tinted a delicate shade of mauve, and titled something like "Whorls". Or "Darkling: A Threnody".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:48 AM
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"Mice".


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 8:50 AM
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It's often interesting going through the lesser-known works of famous authors. Who knew that Thomas Hardy had written an early murder mystery (Desperate Remedies, 1871), an astronomy-themed tragedy (Two on a Tower, 1882) and the frankly rather creepy The Well-Beloved (1897) about a man under the impression that his ideal woman is the grand-daughter of his first love?


Posted by: Gareth Rees | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:01 AM
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Douglas Adams's book about visiting the habitats of endangered species was pretty excellent.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:04 AM
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23: there's a rather good Michael Frayn (I think) piece riffing off a remark that "every great author has at least one children's book in them" and coming up with Five Go Off To Elsinore, The Pooh Also Rises, The Noddies Karamazov and other things along those lines.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:04 AM
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Martin Amis' "Invasion of the Space Invaders", a tactics guide to various early 1980s arcade games, and Salman Rushdie's awful first novel, a soft-SF thing called "Grimus".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:08 AM
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25: This Alan Coren?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:11 AM
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That's the one.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:33 AM
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24 is true.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:41 AM
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Not a novel but I liked "The Supremacy of Uruguay" - I think by E. B. White but I'm too lazy to look up for sure.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:54 AM
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You know what's a really wacky dystopia? The Secret of the League. It's from just before WWI, and it's about a horrific future where a proletarian party democratically institutes high taxation on investment income. Our intrepid rentier heroes, maddened by this insane oppression, organize themselves to bring the impudent masses to their knees by refusing to buy coal (they import oil from the US instead). This works.

Also, people get around by flying with strap-on wings. This has nothing to do with the rest of the plot, it's just how transportation works.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 10:02 AM
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23: there's a rather good Michael Frayn (I think) piece riffing off a remark that "every great author has at least one children's book in them" and coming up with Five Go Off To Elsinore, The Pooh Also Rises, The Noddies Karamazov and other things along those lines.

The Old Man And The See Spot Run


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 10:18 AM
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My Side of the Magic Mountain

The Phantom Tollbooth of the Opera

Gone with the Wind in the Willows

The Jungle Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Bleak House of the Seven Gables


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 11:40 AM
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Mother Courage and her Boxcar Children

Henderson, the Rain King of the Golden River

What Katy Did as I Lay Dying

Midnight in the Secret Garden of Good and Evil

The Handmaid's Tale of Peter Rabbit


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:01 PM
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Awww, what's the matter? Nobody wants to come out and play?


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:02 PM
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31 - I'm quasifond of Jack London's terrible The Scarlet Plague, which is one of two dystopian works I know he wrote. (I guess it's more a postapocalpytic work. Does that count as dystopian?)


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:02 PM
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35 - Roll of Thunder, Hear My Crying of Lot 49, or possibly (this is for Heebie) Gravity's Rainbow Fish.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:05 PM
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O Captain Underpants, My Captain Underpants


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:09 PM
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Ned wins.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:10 PM
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The Secret Life of Walter the Farting Dog


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:14 PM
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Where the Wild Things Fall Apart


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:15 PM
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Goodnight Moon and Sixpence


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:16 PM
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Go, Dog, Go Tell It on the Mountain


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:17 PM
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Mixing media, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Velvet.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:19 PM
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Oogieloves in the Time of Cholera


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:23 PM
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Surabaya Johnny Tremaine


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:23 PM
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Silver on the Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:23 PM
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Mixing media again: Taran Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:24 PM
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btw, KR, thanks for the Hirschman recommendation, that looks really interesting.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:25 PM
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Yay, Cryptic ned and essear!

The Princess Diary of a Young Girl

Just So Story of O.

Caspar, the Friendly Ghost at Noon

Harriet, the Spy who Came in from the Cold


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:34 PM
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50.last is the best ever.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:35 PM
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The Last Temptation of the Really Great Whangdoodles


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:38 PM
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Hamlet: or, There and Back Again

Anna Karenina, the Girl from Mars

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Pale Fire


Posted by: Micah | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:39 PM
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An Occurrence at the Owl Creek Bridge to Terabithia


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:53 PM
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Updike's Runaway Rabbit

41 is awesome. Someone was shooting for "Anne of the Seven Gables" above, no? I may or may not have mentioned here that a high school friend's family dog was named Tess ("of the Baskervilles"). It was presented to me as an error, but I'm not sure: the idea of a hound had to get in there somewhere.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:55 PM
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The Red and the Black Beauty

Childe Harold and the Purple Crayon


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:58 PM
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I kiss you all.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 12:59 PM
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The Great Gatsby Brain


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:01 PM
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Goodnight Moon Is A Harsh Mistress


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:02 PM
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37: Alternatively, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the Beloved Country


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:02 PM
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Slaughterhouse Five Children and It


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:02 PM
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I would totally read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Pale Fire.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:03 PM
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The Chocolate War and Peace.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:04 PM
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Watership Down And Out in Paris and London


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:05 PM
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I think we should collectively write Harry Potter and the Goblet of Pale Fire.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:07 PM
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There is a very loud quidditch rules conference just outside my window.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:10 PM
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Cold Comfort Animal Farm*

*I know, that doesn't exactly fit the rubric we've established, but it is still funny.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:10 PM
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Arms and the Man With the Yellow Hat
Man and Superfudge
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Profession
all by Curious George Bernard Shaw

Also
Childe Harold and the Purple Crayon


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:10 PM
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Before writing novels for adults, Willa Cather debuted with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bridge .


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:16 PM
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Little Women in Love


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:25 PM
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Well if mixed media is allowed:

The Lord of the Rings On Her Fingers

The Fire Next Time We Love

50.last and 53.last rule.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:25 PM
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The Railway Children of Men
Frog and Toad are Mutual Friends
Tender is the Night Kitchen
The Trumpet of Black Swan Green


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:30 PM
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Valley of the Cabbage Patch Dolls


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The Long Winter of our Discontent
The Red Badge of Courage of Sarah Noble


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:39 PM
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Madame Bovary and her Incredible Edibles


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:42 PM
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Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Gatsby

Hooboy, this could go on all day.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:45 PM
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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman from Cracow


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:47 PM
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The Bungalow Mysteries of Pittsburgh
The House of Mirth with a Clock in its Walls
Their Tiger Eyes Were Watching God
How Green Was My Sweet Valley High


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:48 PM
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Goodnight, Moonstone


Posted by: Gabardine Bathyscaphe | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:49 PM
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Empire of the Sun Also Rises


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 1:57 PM
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The Story of a Bad Opium Eater


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 2:05 PM
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Fifty Shades of Grey's Anatomy of a Murder in the Cathedral


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 2:19 PM
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How about literary titles that sound like they could be for kids, e.g.:

Joseph and his Brothers or Magic Mountain


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 2:32 PM
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83: Professor Garbage.


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78: Oh, good. I was trying to do something with John Bellairs but couldn't figure out anything I was satisfied with.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 2:56 PM
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Empire of the Sun Also Rises

The Good Soldier Svejk works all on its own.


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Bleak House at Pooh Corner
A Death in the Finn Family Moomintroll
Pierre (Sendak/Melville mash-up)


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 2:57 PM
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The Leopard, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Go Ask Alice in Wonderland


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Somewhat-OT: Has anyone read 23 Shades of Black or Wishnia's other works? I got it in the mail from PM Press a little while ago and found it extraordinarily engrossing. Not perfect, but really good. Will definitely go on my list for recommended mysteries.


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A Wrinkle in Time and the River
The Way We Live Now We Are Six


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Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day of the Jackal


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:49 PM
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Free To Be You and Me


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:53 PM
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A Death in the Finn Family Moomintroll

I love this so much.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:53 PM
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Swann's Way for Ducklings


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:56 PM
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Blueberries for Saul Bellows


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:58 PM
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Are You My Mother Courage and Her Children?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:58 PM
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Harry, the Dirty Hound of Baskervilles


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 6:59 PM
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Curious George Orwell


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:00 PM
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The Cat In The Gray Flannel Hat


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:02 PM
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Sea


Posted by: Scomber Mix | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:03 PM
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Moby Dick

Not a children's book pun, but it ties into one of our commenters.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:04 PM
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One who hasn't had any ideas about this one.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:05 PM
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Inherit the Wind in the Willows


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:07 PM
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Heather Has Two Brothers Karamazov


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:08 PM
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Love in the Time of Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life Without Limits:A World Champion's Journey to the Center of the Earth


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The Savage Detective Dinosaur


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:10 PM
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damn. oops.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:10 PM
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Merriam-Webster's Student Atlas Shrugged


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:15 PM
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Fancy Nancy Drew

(not quite)


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:16 PM
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Tom Jones Schooldays


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Huckleberry Finnegans Wake


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:31 PM
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Ten Little Passages To India


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:34 PM
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You guys are so awesome.

Semi-relevant bleg: For the final paper assignment I'm giving my undergrads, I need a list of science fiction novels in which humans interact with aliens. I think I've got most of the obvious ones, but I could use suggestions.


Posted by: J, Robot | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:38 PM
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Benny and Dune


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:40 PM
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Wait. Not making them up, but real novels?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:42 PM
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Time


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The Twelve Hobbits of Highly Effective People


Posted by: Criminally Bulgur | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 7:48 PM
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The Celery Stalks at Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


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(Maybe useful?)

Blish, A Case of Conscience
Kellogg, Rumour of Angels
Roberts, Snow (awkwardly)


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Ramona Quimby, Aged of Innocence


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Great God Encyclopedia Brown


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I Am the Green Eggs and Cheese


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Huckleberry Finn, the Irish Member
A Wrinkle in Being In Time


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Of Ralph S. Mouse and Men


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Lord Jim and the Giant Peach


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A Day No Pigs Would Die Leiden des jungen Werthers


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The Trolley to Only Yesterday

(Also I wrote 126)


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For Whom the Phantom Booth Tolls


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113:
I've bolded the ones where I think the aliens are actually interesting and, well, alien (as opposed to just people with green skin or something).

The Gods Themselves
Starship Troopers
A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky
Childhood's End
Blindsight
Consider Phlebas
Permutation City
Martian Chronicles (not really a novel)
Animorphs (a series, for younger readers)
My Teacher is an Alien (first in a series for younger readers)


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129 was me.


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The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Where's My Car


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The Gentle Earth


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132 also to 113


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The Boy Who Reversed the Thing-in-Itself


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The Dark Secret of Wuthering Heights

The Call of the Wildfell Hall


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Toad of Annie Hall


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Olive Kitteridge Saves the Circus
Clan of the Berenstain Bears
The Baron in the Giving Tree
Midnight's Children and It


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Goldilocks and the Three Musketeers


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 9:27 PM
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124 finally gives me the clue necessary to construct:

The Mouse and His Men.


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The Little The Prince


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Sister Carrie of the Traveling Pants
The Miserable Mill on the Floss
Rosemary's Baby-sitters Club


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Escape from Cold Mountain
Are You There God? It's The Master And Margarita
The Devil in Velveteen
The Lexus and the Giving Tree


113: Is Walter Jon Williams' Voice of the Whirlwind too obvious? It's always been one of my favorites.


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142.2 is awesome.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 10:18 PM
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142.4 is quite good as well.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-14-12 10:21 PM
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129: Thanks!


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142: I don't know of it; will investigate.


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I need a list of science fiction novels in which humans interact with aliens. I think I've got most of the obvious ones, but I could use suggestions.

This is a huge topic: see the SF Encyclopedia for the briefest of introductions. Aliens can be reflections of ourselves (Banks' The Player of Games); they can be used to explore biological constraints on culture (much of Cherryh's œuvre); human--alien relations can be a metaphor for imperialism (either way round: Le Guin's The Word for World Is Forest for aliens as colonized or Brin's Startide Rising for aliens as colonizers); alien contact can represent spiritual transcendence (Sagan's Contact) or evolutionary change (Butler's Xenogenesis); aliens can be completely unknowable (Lem's Fiasco), and much else.


Posted by: Gareth Rees | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 4:40 AM
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113: Voyage to Arcturus, as Gareth says Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis and all the Le Guin books about the Ekumen of Known Worlds, the one with housedeer that I read because AWB half-recommended it here, Mary Doria Russell's two books about the Vatican inquiry into a trip to another planet. I'll think about this and come back when I can think of titles and anything else useful. (Oh, I think the first of the Russell books is The Sparrow, but you probably know that.) I don't tend to read a lot of general-audience YA with alien themes but I know there is a bit. I don't think William Sleator's Into the Dream quite goes there, though it's awesome for kids.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 5:06 AM
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The Cricket in Hard Times Square
Treasure Island of Lost Souls
Doctor Dolittle's Perfumed Garden


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 7:07 AM
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The Yellow Brick Road to Wigan Pier.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 7:19 AM
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If you like The Secret of the League, you'll love the works of E. Phillips Oppenheim!


Posted by: winna | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 7:56 AM
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150: How sad that would be, to enthusiastically follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road and then BAM! You're in Wigan.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 7:59 AM
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Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in "The Road to Wigan Pier".

Other possible Hope/Crosby Road movies that were never, alas, made:
The Road to Stalingrad
The Road to Berlin
Street Without Joy
On the Road
The Road


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:23 AM
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The Berenstain Berlin Alexanderplätze Learn About Strangers


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:31 AM
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And let's not forget Philip Roth's novel of interspecies prejudice in the academy, The Human Berenstain.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:41 AM
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The Little Engine that Coulda been a Contender?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:45 AM
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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:48 AM
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The Little Princess Casamassima
Naughty Amelia Jane Eyre!
Henry V Huggins
Emil and the Savage Detectives
A Hunger-Games Artist
Through the Looking-Glass Bead Game
The Cat in the Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
The Secret Seven Types of Ambiguity
Pygmalion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Green Eggs and Hamlet

essear-style:

The Railway Children of A Lesser God
The Secret Garden of Earthly Delights


Posted by: One of Many | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 8:53 AM
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The Seven Hungry Hungry Caterpillars of Wisdom


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:05 AM
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Alexander and the 120 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days of Sodom.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:16 AM
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Journey to the End of the Sidewalk


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:21 AM
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"The Fox and the Grapes of Wrath"


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:23 AM
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A Child's Garden of Satanic Verses


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:24 AM
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Fun with Moby Dick and Jane
Janet and Prester John
Ant and Being and Time


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:26 AM
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Charlie and the Wasp Factory


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:28 AM
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The August Light in the Attic


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:29 AM
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Not quite the mold, but:

The BFD


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:31 AM
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Where the Wild Palms Are


Posted by: One of Many | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:33 AM
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168 to 166


Posted by: One of Many | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:35 AM
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Shooting Babar the Elephant


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:37 AM
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Of Two Bad Mice and Men
The Tale of Mr Tod und Verklärung


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:42 AM
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle Diaries


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:44 AM
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Danny, A Champion of the Floating World


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:44 AM
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Mr. Toad in Venice


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:46 AM
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Brot und Wein für Frances


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:47 AM
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Are You Captain Shigemoto's Mother?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:49 AM
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Berkeley's alumni magazine used to have part of the letters section devoted to titles of novels, movies, etc. which had had one letter changed to amusing effect. Submitters were allowed to accompany their altered title with, I think, at most one line by way of synopsis of the contents to fit the new title. In that spirit, I will leave this here:

In the Renal Colony


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:53 AM
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Journey to the End of the Night Garden


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:54 AM
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177: I think that was more recently a Twitter hashtag game.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:56 AM
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I can't keep up with this modern age.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 9:58 AM
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Hobbit, Run


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:01 AM
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Wandering outside the rules: Jude the Obscure Object of Desire.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:05 AM
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The Story of the Eye and the Pattypan


Posted by: tierce de lollardie | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:09 AM
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Flashdance to the Music of Time


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:11 AM
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Against Thebes


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:16 AM
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Br'er Rabbit is Rich


Posted by: One of Many | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:17 AM
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To the Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:21 AM
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We Didn't Mean to Go to The Sea, The Sea!


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:32 AM
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Pierre Menard, Author of the Don Quixote

Gulliver's Travels with Charley


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:46 AM
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189.2 s/b Gulliver's Travels with Charley's Aunt


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 10:48 AM
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Raggedy Ann and Blood Meridiandy


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 1:07 PM
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How Green Was My Valley of The Dolls


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 1:08 PM
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Alice's Adventures in Underworld
Uncle Remus's Cabin
Stuart Little Women
The Reluctant Dragon of the 'Narcissus'


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 09-15-12 1:18 PM
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157 is my new favorite.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 09-16-12 6:26 AM
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I actually want to read 190.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 09-16-12 10:39 AM
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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodial M for Murder
The Witch of Walden Pond
In the Night Kitchen God's Wife


Posted by: Molly | Link to this comment | 09-16-12 7:32 PM
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147 & 148: Thanks! Some of those I've already assigned for the course or as options for the final paper, but I'll check out the rest.


Posted by: J Robot | Link to this comment | 09-16-12 10:26 PM
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Charlie and the Wasp Factory

*applause*

My Side of the Magic Mountain
The Sorrows of Young Werther's Originals


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 09-17-12 1:44 AM
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