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Title: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 27, 2015, 04:23:43 PM
To throw in a short story as well: Pigeons from Hell.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack 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


Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Henry Dale 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
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan 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/ :)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
All her books in that series have awesome titles. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: night_wrtr 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack 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)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Henry Dale 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  ^^
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: BeardKing on March 27, 2015, 06:18:29 PM
Best Served Cold
The Crimson Campaign
A Crown for Cold Silver - That just sounds bad-ass. :)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan on March 27, 2015, 06:20:42 PM
I am too late, everything has been said and done before me  :(
The tragedy of our age! Nothing new to invent, nothing new to say or do, no new places to explore and last I heard all the words were already written also, so there is nothing new to write too!
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Raptori 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  ???
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea 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
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Ryan Mueller 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.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Arry on March 27, 2015, 08:08:38 PM
To throw in a short story as well: Pigeons from Hell.

I do believe all pigeons are from Hell. But I do like the title :)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack on March 27, 2015, 08:16:54 PM
To throw in a short story as well: Pigeons from Hell.

I do believe all pigeons are from Hell. But I do like the title :)

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer (oh, darn, another song! oh well)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuMLpdnOjY)

Lyrics:
Spring is here, spring is here
Life is skittles and life is beer
I think the loveliest time of the year
Is the spring, I do, don't you? Course you do
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me
And makes every Sunday a treat for me

All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park
Every Sunday you'll see my sweetheart and me
As we poison the pigeons in the park

When they see us coming
The birdies all try and hide
But they still go for peanuts
When coated with cyanide

The sun's shining bright
Everything seems all right
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park

We've gained notoriety
And caused much anxiety
In the Audobon Society
With our games
They call it impiety
And lack of propriety
And quite a variety of unpleasant names

But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon

So if Sunday you're free
Why don't you come with me
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park
And maybe we'll do in a squirrel or two
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park

We'll murder them amid laughter and merriment
Except for the few we take home to experiment

My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strychnine
We feed to a pigeon
It just takes a smidgin
To poison a pigeon in the park
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 27, 2015, 08:42:52 PM
I've got a few:

The City of Silk and Steel
A Drink Before We Die
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will)
The Quantum Thief (even though it sticks to the cliche "3 Word + 'the' stereotype")
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack on March 27, 2015, 08:48:51 PM
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will)
This^. Totally.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan on March 27, 2015, 09:06:58 PM
Not a full length-book, but I love the title of Sanderson's Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell.
Reminds me on Gaiman's The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea on March 27, 2015, 09:11:32 PM
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will)
This^. Totally.

You both sound like 10-year olds (the type that appears in the Goonies) ;D
That one would get my attention alright, just enough to put in my brain the idea "this is a book to attract 10-year old boys" ;)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: sennydreadful on March 27, 2015, 09:30:18 PM
I love the title of the Sandman collection A Game of You - so appropriate to the story, too.

Also, River of Stars, Lies of Locke Lamora (trips off the tongue) and Against a Dark Background.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 27, 2015, 10:24:16 PM
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will)
This^. Totally.

You both sound like 10-year olds (the type that appears in the Goonies) ;D
That one would get my attention alright, just enough to put in my brain the idea "this is a book to attract 10-year old boys" ;)

J-mack, I think she insulted our honor.

What sayeth you, foul heathen? Hater of 10-year olds' books?
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack on March 27, 2015, 10:49:48 PM
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (if that doesn't catch your attention, I don't know what will)
This^. Totally.

You both sound like 10-year olds (the type that appears in the Goonies) ;D
That one would get my attention alright, just enough to put in my brain the idea "this is a book to attract 10-year old boys" ;)


J-mack, I think she insulted our honor.

What sayeth you, foul heathen? Hater of 10-year olds' books?
Or does my SBea hate 10-year olds.  :P ;)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Elfy on March 27, 2015, 11:30:31 PM
Hard for me to go past Craig Shaw Gardner's Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies. Although I'll second The Lies of Locke Lamora, it just sort of trips off the tongue. Any of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series, too: Discount Amageddon, Midnight Blue Light Special, Half Off Ragnarok and the recently released Pocket Apocalypse.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea on March 28, 2015, 08:10:57 AM
I don't hate anything or anyone, stop it! 8)
(and I'm no one's - hold your horses there ;D)

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I quite like The Eyre Affair too.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 28, 2015, 10:21:38 AM
What sayeth you, foul heathen? Hater of 10-year olds' books?
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/3f639092fbc23b15d669378fe6c4cacf/tumblr_n4lrretJLN1qj5yg0o1_500.jpg)

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/17edc2cf76ad6f313074564495157066/tumblr_inline_nlbg42cDmY1s5zvy0.jpg)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Henry Dale on March 28, 2015, 10:29:25 AM
Not a book tho T.T

http://www.kongregate.com/games/i_smell/robot-dinosaurs-that-shoot-beams-when-they-roar
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 28, 2015, 10:47:01 AM
Robot Unicorn Attack (http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-twitchy-online-game.html)?

There is also a CD by a metal band called "Space Vampires vs Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D"

Going back to Pigeaons from Hell, Howard also wrote The Hour of the Dragon and Worms of the Earth. Worms of the Earth really sounds quite ominous.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea on March 28, 2015, 01:34:35 PM
What sayeth you, foul heathen? Hater of 10-year olds' books?
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/3f639092fbc23b15d669378fe6c4cacf/tumblr_n4lrretJLN1qj5yg0o1_500.jpg)

(https://31.media.tumblr.com/17edc2cf76ad6f313074564495157066/tumblr_inline_nlbg42cDmY1s5zvy0.jpg)

I'm probably Hobbes then ;D
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 28, 2015, 01:36:56 PM
True awesome is when you can be both at the same time.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea on March 28, 2015, 01:41:58 PM
True awesome is when you can be both at the same time.
:D
Not sure about 'at the same time', but there are plenty of occasions when I'm very much like Calvin, and see the magic in the world :)

(just not about a book called Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, hehe
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack on March 28, 2015, 01:49:06 PM
I'm wishing it was Depth Charging Ice Planet Hoth because then there would be a Star Wars reference, and that would be AWESOME! ;D
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: JMack on March 28, 2015, 02:59:29 PM
So here's another great title, courtesy of @Doctor Chill in an old
Post:

The Tobacco-stained Mountain Goat.

Love that title.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Henry Dale on March 28, 2015, 03:07:08 PM
Less extravagant was
kingdom for sale, sold!
I read it when I was twelve and it was awesome ^^
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 28, 2015, 03:25:41 PM
I'm wishing it was Depth Charging Ice Planet Hoth because then there would be a Star Wars reference, and that would be AWESOME! ;D
But then it's obvious what it means. That's not so interesting.

I don't know what it's about, but John Dies At The End is also a great title.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: eclipse on March 28, 2015, 03:46:03 PM
On my TBR pile is My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Anna Smith-Spark on March 28, 2015, 05:56:38 PM
On a serious level, I love Vandermeer's City of Saints and Madmen, and The Worm of Oruborous. And Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling of Norse mythology Axe Age, Wolf Age is pretty hard to beat.

It's not fantasy really, but I have a book on my shelf called The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, which is pretty superb.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan on March 28, 2015, 06:40:02 PM
On my TBR pile is My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland
Reminds me of Paul Murray's Skippy dies.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Anna Smith-Spark on March 28, 2015, 06:41:29 PM
This is all I can sodding think about now...

Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising is on of those titles that had haunted me for years.

The Saga of Noggin the Nog is just awesome. And, again not fantasy, but great fun, you probably can't beat the author/title combination Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock.

Going slightly off-topic, as a result of plugging my novel The Court of Broken Knives, I'm being followed on twitter on a cutlery shop.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan on March 28, 2015, 06:45:59 PM
The Saga of Noggin the Nog is just awesome.
I love those books! :)

The Bulletcatcher's Daughter and the Boy with the Porcelain Blade are cool titles too (haven't read them yet, though).
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Henry Dale on March 28, 2015, 07:02:33 PM
A fictional book (or not) in a sci-fi book.
The ghastly ordeal of Timothy Cavendish, about a prison break of oldies from the retirement home, in Cloud Atlas.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on March 28, 2015, 08:20:57 PM
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising is on of those titles that had haunted me for years.
Dark Force Rising is also a cool title, even though the book is far weaker than the other two in its series.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Elfy on March 28, 2015, 10:26:30 PM
The marvelous Calvin and Hobbes were mentioned earlier and one of their collections had an awesome title: Scientific Progress Goes Boink. The strip could just about qualify as fantasy, because no one's ever been sure if Hobbes can really talk and interact with Calvin the way he does, if you note it he's only like that when it's just him and Calvin. Then are the wonderful old school science fiction adventures Calvin has as the intrepid spaceman Spiff.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Charlemagne on March 28, 2015, 10:39:07 PM
Oh, wow, there are so many! Here are a couple:


And these are just the ones that come to mind immediately...
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 28, 2015, 10:47:52 PM
So here's another great title, courtesy of @Doctor Chill in an old
Post:

The Tobacco-stained Mountain Goat.

Love that title.

Andrez Bergen does have some lovely titles, doesn't he?

Found another one today that I'm currently reading: When the Heavens Fall. I can almost feel the religious themes undulating below.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Arry on March 28, 2015, 11:49:16 PM
Hmmm.... Two that come to mind are The Lesser Heaven and Best Served Cold (already mentioned) :)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Arry on March 28, 2015, 11:53:59 PM
On my TBR pile is My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) by Diana Rowland

I've heard that's a fun read :)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: xiagan on March 29, 2015, 08:55:58 AM
Un Lun Dun by Cina Miéville
and the Slow Regard of Silent Things by Pat Rothfuss.
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: eclipse on March 28, 2018, 04:05:49 PM
Have you changed your minds?
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: ScarletBea on March 28, 2018, 04:15:33 PM
Not changed my mind about what I wrote, but I can add more (when I get home hehe)

Re-reading this thread I realised that @Anna Smith-Spark used to post here, and now she's a famous author! I didn't remember her, eeek (got her book at home but have't read it yet...)
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: eclipse on March 28, 2018, 04:16:17 PM

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

Good to hear
Title: Re: Your favorite book titles
Post by: Yora on April 01, 2018, 09:05:14 PM
I'm quite fond of Time of Contempt. It's evocative while I also don't really know what's implied by it.