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43 books · 25 voters · list created March 5th, 2010 by Thom Dunn (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) ... or is the title of the book's sequel? (Cf. Frank McCourt's 'Tis -- whose title is the last sentence of Angela's Ashes.) Or would this be stretching it too far?


message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "... or is the title of the book's sequel? (Cf. Frank McCourt's 'Tis -- whose title is the last sentence of Angela's Ashes.) Or would this be stretching it too far?"

Please add it, it's close enough....'specially when we seem to be having such trouble meeting the List requirements.....but I know they're out there, just gotta remember.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) It's a hell of an idea for a list!


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn ACTUALLY, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" ends the last sentence in a STORY WITHIN U. K. Leguin's collection of that title. Close enough.


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "It's a hell of an idea for a list!"

Thanks, Themes: I bet if I sleep on it, some will come back to me.


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl This level of book knowledge is way beyond me.


message 7: by Reese (new)

Reese I'm assuming that, if THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS can stay on the list, then Updike's MARRY ME can be added. The words "Marry me" end the novel's final sentence. If I have assumed too much, then the KGB can make MARRY ME disappear.


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Rdbot (Reese) wrote: "I'm assuming that, if THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS can stay on the list, then Updike's MARRY ME can be added. The words "Marry me" end the novel's final sentence. If I have assumed too much, ..."

ANOTHER ADMITTED STRETCH: "Rabbit........runs. Runs." The final paragraph. Call it Rabbit Understood.


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "This level of book knowledge is way beyond me."

This List for REALLY compulsive types.


message 10: by Reese (new)

Reese Being an obsessive-compulsive person, I find contributing to this list irresistible.

So are we using the Procrustes method of creating the list? The inclusion of R,R suggests that we are, and if we are, we may wind up with another two Updike books on it. The last word of the last sentence of COUPLES is "couple." What's an "s" among stretchers? Speaking of the letter "s," I'm ready to propose the addition of Updike's S. Yeah, it's not even a word -- but the signature that ends the novel is S. Does it come close enough to the original criteria? Again, I'll leave this matter and others in the hands of the KGB: the final words of HEART OF DARKNESS are "the heart of an immense darkness." Also, Fred Epstein's IF I GET TO FIVE ends with "It's the only way to get to five."


message 11: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn All these are acceptable to me, especially "S", with its echo of Hawthorne, "On a field, sable, the letter 'A', gules".


message 12: by Reese (new)

Reese O'Casey's RED ROSES FOR ME had to be entered as one of the collections in which it appears. The play ends as soon as Brennan sings,"a slim hand, so lovely, / Carries a rich bunch of red roses for me!"


message 13: by Reese (new)

Reese RE: Texts That Contain More Than One Work

The particular works that meet the criteria for inclusion are the following: Kate Chopin's "The Storm," David Henry Hwang's FOB, Charles Busch's VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, and (as previously noted)O'Casey's RED ROSES FOR ME.


message 14: by Thom (last edited Mar 06, 2010 02:07PM) (new)

Thom Dunn Rdbot (Reese) wrote: "RE: Texts That Contain More Than One Work

The particular works that meet the criteria for inclusion are the following: Kate Chopin's "The Storm," David Henry Hwang's FOB, Charles Busch's VAMPIRE..."


Vampire Lesbians of Sodom !! Gotta have it. ......BTW, What is it ?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I have no idea what it is, but I added it to the Best Titles list!


message 16: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn M. Butterfly, or Madama Butterfly (libretto) or BOTH ??


message 17: by Reese (last edited Mar 06, 2010 03:36PM) (new)

Reese M. BUTTERFLY is what I had in mind.

As for VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM -- I did something (because of the sort of list this is) that I don't ordinarily do -- added a work that I haven't read.

It happens to be one of the plays in a collection that includes Busch's THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, which I love. The script, at least in the hands of the director and cast of the original Broadway production, gave me more laughs than any play I've seen. I think that what I just wrote is true. My memory -- well, I have trouble coming up with something good to say about it. Despite my love of TTOTAW, it will be a long time before VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM gets a place on my to-read shelf unless one or two sharp minds read it and decide that it's good stuff.


message 18: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Rdbot (Reese) wrote: "M. BUTTERFLY is what I had in mind.

As for VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM -- I did something (because of the sort of list this is) that I don't ordinarily do -- added a work that I haven't read.

..."

SOUNDS LIKE A GAG TITLE.....HAVE YOU READ Bimbos of the Death Sun ?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thom wrote: "... ANOTHER ADMITTED STRETCH: "Rabbit........runs. Runs." The final paragraph. Call it Rabbit Understood. "

So what about the one-paragraph epilogue of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (which serves as a/ or indeed, arguably THE ONLY direct explanation of the play's title, and which contains the line "I charge
you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this play as please you: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women ... that between you and the women the play may please")? Too much of a stretch there?


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Thom wrote: "Rdbot (Reese) wrote: "M. BUTTERFLY is what I had in mind.

As for VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM ...
SOUNDS LIKE A GAG TITLE.....HAVE YOU READ Bimbos of the Death Sun?"


Ooooh too cool, both of them. (Title-wise; I have no clue what either book actually is!!)


message 21: by Reese (new)

Reese I had to check "Wiki" to find out if "Bimbos . . ."
is the title of a real book. I discovered that it actually won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Original Paperback Mystery. If only it had been published in 1990 instead of '88, it could have made the award-winning fiction list. The title might have gotten it more votes than Updike's books got.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Lol ...

Sounds like a definite entry for the "Best Titles" list, in any event!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Oh, definitely. Will go vote for it there now.


message 24: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "Oh, definitely. Will go vote for it there now."

Themis-Athena wrote: "Lol ...

Sounds like a definite entry for the "Best Titles" list, in any event!"


Sharyn McCrumb is a gentle and witty writer who enjoys having on SF WorldCon and other orgs both of us know and love. Her first, Zombies of the Gene Pool, and Bimbos... as well, would not raise a single Spockian eyebrow at WorldCon where you routinely have titles like "Satana Enslaved" and "Escape From Planet Macho", Slave Girls of Gor, and so on. It feels liberating (usually) and unsettling (often) to hang out where Sillyness is celebrated rather than regarded as literary sin.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) This is by Sharyn McCrumb?! Seems like now I really do have to look it up ...


message 26: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Themis-Athena wrote: "This is by Sharyn McCrumb?! Seems like now I really do have to look it up ..."

I LISTENED TO AN AUDIOBOOK (NOT A KINDLE) OF ZOMBIES.....


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Still a great title.


message 28: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "Still a great title."

My favorite title remains, Robert Benchley's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or David Copperfield.


message 29: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Thom wrote: "Susanna wrote: "Still a great title."

My favorite title remains, Robert Benchley's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or David Copperfield."


Correction: "David Copperfield, or Twenty....."


message 30: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bizarro titles: Zombies of the Gene Pool, by Sharyn McCrumb


message 31: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Is "The Dead" considered a book? My recollection is that it was a short story (possibly novella?) In Dubliners.


message 32: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Jan C wrote: "Is "The Dead" considered a book? My recollection is that it was a short story (possibly novella?) In Dubliners."

Yeah, well, but the movie turns it into a book ...... ?


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