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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:48 am

Suddenly remembered, it's Alan Dean Foster, in his short story collection "With Friends Like This" or "Who Needs Enemies"

Neither available to download :(
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Whos Wee Dug » Tue Oct 25, 2016 01:39 pm

You can get on Kindle Chris. Amazon £ 4.99
With Friends Like These (With Friends ... Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Re: Book Help II

Postby steeljam » Tue Nov 22, 2016 08:31 pm

Book scorpions patrol piles of old books eating up dust mites and booklice.

I wonder if they can also take care of 303 Bookworms?
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:22 am

steeljam wrote:Book scorpions patrol piles of old books eating up dust mites and booklice.

I wonder if they can also take care of 303 Bookworms?
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:28 am

Caboodle/National Book Tokens are running another 'Guess the Book title' game again to win a year's supply of books: :D

http://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/

I got to 17/20 quite quickly, but then got stuck and had to go and make a couple of tea to get the old grey matter working. Got there in the end, but have to admit to not having read at least 6 of them in the list
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Wed Nov 23, 2016 04:13 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:Caboodle/National Book Tokens are running another 'Guess the Book title' game again to win a year's supply of books: :D

http://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/

I got to 17/20 quite quickly, but then got stuck and had to go and make a couple of tea to get the old grey matter working. Got there in the end, but have to admit to not having read at least 6 of them in the list

I found this to be the easiest one they've set so far
Only one caused me a lot of headscratching - until I googled for the correct title
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Nov 23, 2016 05:16 pm

chrisboote wrote:
Grace Speaker wrote:Caboodle/National Book Tokens are running another 'Guess the Book title' game again to win a year's supply of books: :D

http://caboodle.nationalbooktokens.com/

I got to 17/20 quite quickly, but then got stuck and had to go and make a couple of tea to get the old grey matter working. Got there in the end, but have to admit to not having read at least 6 of them in the list

I found this to be the easiest one they've set so far
Only one caused me a lot of headscratching - until I googled for the correct title
I thought so too, the only one I had a real struggle with was the Gravediggers one. But they're still fun to do . . . maybe an idea for a future DWCon or Drummers quiz . . .? :wink:
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Fri Nov 25, 2016 05:35 am

I like that idea.. :)
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Pat » Tue Sep 26, 2017 03:43 pm

Here's a book puzzle for you...

Lot's of books have titles which are quotations/phrases from other books, plays or poems e.g. John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" comes from Burns' "To A Mouse" and Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is from Bacon's Scottish play.

Can you think of longer chains? A book whose title comes from a book whose title comes from another book?
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Sep 26, 2017 07:36 pm

Pat wrote:Here's a book puzzle for you...

Lot's of books have titles which are quotations/phrases from other books, plays or poems e.g. John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" comes from Burns' "To A Mouse" and Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is from Bacon's Scottish play.

Can you think of longer chains? A book whose title comes from a book whose title comes from another book?
Most of the ones that I can think of are from the scribbling of that Shakespeare bloke, unless these titles from Spike Milligan, mayherestinpeace, count?:
Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall
Monty: His Part In My Victory
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Pat » Wed Sep 27, 2017 08:23 am

Grace Speaker wrote:
Pat wrote:Here's a book puzzle for you...

Lot's of books have titles which are quotations/phrases from other books, plays or poems e.g. John Steinbeck's "Of Mice And Men" comes from Burns' "To A Mouse" and Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is from Bacon's Scottish play.

Can you think of longer chains? A book whose title comes from a book whose title comes from another book?
Most of the ones that I can think of are from the scribbling of that Shakespeare bloke, unless these titles from Spike Milligan, mayherestinpeace, count?:
Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall
Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall
Monty: His Part In My Victory

Not quite what I'm after - those don't form a chain.

If I wrote a book with the title "I was a bindlestiff myself", then that book would take its title from "Of Mice and Men" which gets its title from "To A Mouse" - each title comes from the text of the next book in the chain.
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:18 am

Stephen King's Dreamcatcher is titled with a direct reference to a chapter in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, which gets its title from the line in Macbeth ("By the pricking of my thumbs ...") which itself took its title from the corruption of the name MacBest* in Boece's Scotorum Historiae**

So will a four-book chain do you?

* Yes, MacBest - the name the German translators gave to Wyrd Sisters

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Re: Book Help II

Postby Pat » Wed Sep 27, 2017 02:52 pm

chrisboote wrote:Stephen King's Dreamcatcher is titled with a direct reference to a chapter in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, which gets its title from the line in Macbeth ("By the pricking of my thumbs ...") which itself took its title from the corruption of the name MacBest* in Boece's Scotorum Historiae**

So will a four-book chain do you?

* Yes, MacBest - the name the German translators gave to Wyrd Sisters

** Coo, O level English Lit finally useful :)


Not keen on the first for two reasons - firstly, I should probably have said "novel" rather than "book". I think if we accept non-fiction, it's too easy to build chains of increasing specialisation as someone writes a book which addresses material in a chapter of a previous reference book (made up example "Biology"->"Cell structure"->"The nucleus"->"The nuclear membrane"->"Transmembrane receptor structure"). And secondly, but most importantly, the name "Macbeth" does not appear in "Scotorum Historiae".

And the word "dreamcatcher" does not, on the basis of a quick search, appear in the text of SWTWC, so I think I'll have to reject that one too.

I'm struggling to think of one myself, even a three-chain.
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Wed Sep 27, 2017 03:58 pm

Crikey! I definitely remember Stephen King talking about it. I must be confusing it with another book that he was talking about it

I'll see if the interview is online

And Macbeth not in Scotorum Historiae? I was taught that as an article of faith in school :(
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Pat » Thu Sep 28, 2017 09:02 am

chrisboote wrote:And Macbeth not in Scotorum Historiae? I was taught that as an article of faith in school :(

I haven't checked but you said that MacBest is in Scotorum Historiae and that MacBeth is a "corruption" of it.
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