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Michael Ernest
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The object is to find a book title + author that. ideally, changes the meaning.

Another example: You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down Alice Walker

and a personal favorite: Flush Virginia Woolf

These are known as "Jack Danns" after an early example, The Man Who Melted Jack Dann. If you have a lot of books lying around, this game makes for a fair amount of eager browsing.


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A Brief History of Time Steven Hawkings
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Hmmm. "Beloved Toni Morrison" is almost too easy, and "Refactoring Martin Fowler" is too obscure. "That Old Ace in the Hole Annie Proulx?"

My bookshelf just isn't funny.

You could do a whole Amy Tan series: "The Bonesetter's Daughter Amy Tan", "The Kitchen God's Wife Amy Tan".

OK, this one is kinda funny: "The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky."



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I don't have much on my bookshelf but how about "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling"?
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Paul Clapham wrote:I don't have much on my bookshelf but how about "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling"?


Lowbrow, yet effective :)
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Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:Hmmm. "Beloved Toni Morrison" is almost too easy, and "Refactoring Martin Fowler" is too obscure.

In this crowd, I think the reverse may be true.

Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:OK, this one is kinda funny: "The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky."

Hurm, this was actually what I came here to post as the most amusing thing I could find on my own bookshelves at the moment. (No, haven't read it yet.) A pox on you and your house, sir! Well, no, that's not really fair. Just you then. ;)
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The topic keeps reminding me of Being John Malkovich Charlie Kaufman
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The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum(mystery revealed?!)

The monk who sold his Ferrari Robin Sharma

John Milton's Paradise lost and regained!
Ken Follet's pillars ....of the earth!

In Pelican briefs John Grisham!!!


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A few more....

I Married a Dead Man Cornell Woolrich
Death's Bright Angel Janet Neel
Stranger in My Grave Margaret Millar
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
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When a book title ends with a verb or preposition, you can get effects that change the meaning. For example,

Dying Inside Robert Silverburg

The Power That Preserves Stephen Donaldson

The Barbie Murders John Varley

and another favorite:

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Harlan Ellison
 
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