11/18/09

Vintage Reads #3: Horrible Book Titles


Glad you could join us for the November 2009 Oprah Retrospace Book Club meeting. This month we are looking at some of the worst titles in book history. If any additional titles come to mind, please leave them in the comments. I'd love to hear them.

It's happening in your neighborhood..... right now!

The Cosmic Rape is bad enough on its own, but it's made worse by the text below the title which makes Theodore Sturgeon sound like a cosmic rapist: "The cosmic rape by one of the most imaginative storytellers of our time".

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I KNOW when you first read the title you read it as "Black Ass Blood". Admit it. I'll confess that I not only read it as "black ass", but actually, for a moment, thought there was a misprint when I noticed the missing "S".
 Judge a Book by Its Cover brought this one to my attention. It was published in the 1990's, so it's not a retro read; however, I just couldn't help myself. 

Chuck-A-Lust? Huh? Not sure what that means, but it sounds bad.

Ed Noon and the Bouncing Betty doesn't sound too bad. Read on...
She's a MATTRESS TESTER? You've got to be kidding me. (image source)


Several of these images taken from Bookscans.com
Be sure to catch the sequels: The Child in the Stroller with a Lollipop and a Glass of Water and The Man on a Bike with a Baseball Cap and a Bic Lighter.

12 comments:

  1. it looks like Jambalaya Loverman has thrown his back out. Also, it is physically impossible to read this post without saying the words "Jambalaya Loverman" out loud in an Isaac Hayes voice. Thanks.

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  2. Sweet. Just tweeted this link.

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  3. I used to be a fan of Richard Brautigan. All his titles were weird. "Trout Fishing In America", "The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster", "In Watermelon Sugar", and my favorite "Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt", which, if I remember correctly, had nothing to do with Rommel, Egypt or World War 2 for that matter.

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  4. WOW...Revenge of the Lawn sounds like the perfect novel adapted for the movies title if John Deere went into the movie making business

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  5. This covers are great and I have tons myself I do not know what to do with. Some of these books I think were like exploitation films and men's action mags of the period in that the contents did not live up to the cover promises. Maybe that is a good thing

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  6. I read Cosmic Rape under its more politically correct tile, To Marry Medusa a few years ago. It wasn't bad if you are into "classic" SF, and SF critics and fans take it pretty seriously, which you will see if you google around. Sturgeon, though not as popular and influential as Heinlein or Asimov or as "literary" as Gene Wolfe or Thomas Disch, won quite a few SF awards and experimented with different narrative styles and literary techniques.

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  7. Black As(s) Blood - "Dead men walk... but not very well". How exactly is that supposed to entice to read this book? That's like a western that says "these cowboys draw fast... but the miss alot".

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  8. Dack ThrombosisFebruary 27, 2010

    That Brautigan cover is so cryptic one wonders if it's a coded message for Soviet sleeper agents. The girl is a cutie, though.

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  9. "Woman Loves Boy" If it was happening in my neighborhood, it wasn't happening to me, damnit.

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  10. Jambalaya Loverman; that will be my new name, lol.

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  11. Chuck-A-Lust, the new adult entertainment division of Chick-Fil-A.

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  12. i lo0ve this retro pages oh boy,today all is fulñl of shit,boring,and pointless

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