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Offline Yora

Your favorite book titles
« on: March 27, 2015, 04:03:11 PM »
One should not judge a book by its cover. But the title on that cover can be either completely nondescriptive, or be enough to make you want to read it all by itself. What do you consider the best book titles that practically sell you on the book before even know anything about it?

A Princess of Mars. This just raises a lot of questions. What is a princess doing on Mars? What kind of story is this? Is it sci-fi or fantasy? How did she get to Mars? And what kind of princess is she exactly? And what's her role in the plot? Any answer to these questions I could possibly imagine sound really cool. And the book does a pretty good job at delivering what it temptingly hinted at.

The Dinosaur Lords. I admit, I am a big fan of Sword & Sorcery and the pulp genres. But this title made a lot of people look up when it was announced. And when you look at the cover, it shows a knight riding on a dinosaur. This is wonderfully preposterous. I can't wait for this book.
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 04:16:48 PM »
The glass books of the dream eaters
This one is enough to spike your curiosity ;D

Although to be honest, I don't think I ever see 'just the title' - usually it's got a cover, an author or a short description attached, so I don't think I ever made a decision or assumption about the book on the title alone.
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 04:23:43 PM »
To throw in a short story as well: Pigeons from Hell.
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 04:30:32 PM »
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Lord Foul's Bane

The Worm Orobouros

The Cockroach that Ate Cincinnati
oh, sorry, that's a song  ;) ;D


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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 04:38:17 PM »
Pigeons from Hell sounds brilliant.

Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher and sequels. Also translated in English. (The city of dreaming books)
It's a book written by a literary dinosaur beast (truly, picture of author included on the first page). It has many references to writing as a craft and is fun to read.

But back to the title. A city of dreaming books? Sounds awesome no? Especially to us readers :p

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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 05:16:25 PM »
Pigeons from Hell sounds brilliant.

Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher and sequels. Also translated in English. (The city of dreaming books)
It's a book written by a literary dinosaur beast (truly, picture of author included on the first page). It has many references to writing as a craft and is fun to read.

But back to the title. A city of dreaming books? Sounds awesome no? Especially to us readers :p
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/walter-moers-the-city-of-dreaming-books/ :)

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All her books in that series have awesome titles. :)
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 05:20:38 PM »

The Dinosaur Lords. I admit, I am a big fan of Sword & Sorcery and the pulp genres. But this title made a lot of people look up when it was announced. And when you look at the cover, it shows a knight riding on a dinosaur. This is wonderfully preposterous. I can't wait for this book.

I am going to agree with you on this one. Ever since I heard this amazing title I have been waiting.

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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2015, 05:25:55 PM »
A Princess of Mars. This just raises a lot of questions. What is a princess doing on Mars? What kind of story is this? Is it sci-fi or fantasy? How did she get to Mars? And what kind of princess is she exactly? And what's her role in the plot? Any answer to these questions I could possibly imagine sound really cool. And the book does a pretty good job at delivering what it temptingly hinted at.
Love the Edgar Rice Burroughs reference.
Some great titles/fun books if you get past the ancient attitudes of sexism and racism  :(
But once upon a time I must have owned 30+ ERB paperbacks, of which only two were Tarzan. So:
The Outlaw of Torn
The Mad King
The Mucker
(love this book! so out of date, so much fun)
Back to the Stone Age (maybe because of the Frank Frazetta cover more than the title, but oh well)
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2015, 05:50:16 PM »
Eaters of the Dead is also a great evocative name. It's really unclear what it means, but none of the options feel good.
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2015, 05:55:07 PM »
Pigeons from Hell sounds brilliant.

Die Stadt der träumenden Bücher and sequels. Also translated in English. (The city of dreaming books)
It's a book written by a literary dinosaur beast (truly, picture of author included on the first page). It has many references to writing as a craft and is fun to read.

But back to the title. A city of dreaming books? Sounds awesome no? Especially to us readers :p
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/walter-moers-the-city-of-dreaming-books/ :)


I am too late, everything has been said and done before me  :(
Good reminder for people who haven't read it though  ^^

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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2015, 06:18:29 PM »
Best Served Cold
The Crimson Campaign
A Crown for Cold Silver - That just sounds bad-ass. :)

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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2015, 06:20:42 PM »
I am too late, everything has been said and done before me  :(
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2015, 06:29:05 PM »
Honestly cannot think of a single book name that caught my eye more than the blurb... book names can reduce my interest but rarely increase it, it seems  ???
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2015, 06:36:18 PM »
But back to the title. A city of dreaming books? Sounds awesome no? Especially to us readers :p
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/walter-moers-the-city-of-dreaming-books/ :)


I am too late, everything has been said and done before me  :(
Good reminder for people who haven't read it though  ^^

Oh don't let that stop you! I've been known to resurrect *very* old threads when I finally read the book.
Nobody's beat me about it (so far!) ;D
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Re: Your favorite book titles
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2015, 07:53:40 PM »
Not a full length-book, but I love the title of Sanderson's Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.

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