Thursday, March 15, 2007

Oddest Book Title of 2007

Since we're on the topic of books, and my weekly poll is about the unlikely, thought this was a fitting Thursday night post... Got this off the New Zealand Herald website.

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Thebookseller.com is running its annual poll to determine which of six splendidly-titled books should be named the oddest title of 2007.

Here's the shortlist that caught the eye of publishers, booksellers and librarians across the world:

1. Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan.

2. How Green Were the Nazis?

3. D. Di Mascio's Delicious Ice Cream. D. Di Mascio of Coventry: An Ice Cream Company of Repute, with an Interesting and Varied Fleet of Ice Cream Vans.

4. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification.

5. Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium.

6. Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence.

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My vote has to go Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan. How could you not buy a book that shouts out at you in this subliminal way? If I saw this in Kinokuniya, confirmed would buy one!!

On a separate note, just got back from another brisk walk up Telok Blangah Hill. D and I reached the top only to be faced with MY HAPPIEST SIGHT OF 2007... four young persons at the top of Telok Blangah Hill, sitting under the night sky, in the light of of a streetlamp, playing... wait for this... Taboo!!!! ARGH! ERK!

How many ridiculously fabulous hall nights spent over this? Will never live down the night, when in the midst of a Taboo party, old friend N says in his deliciously frou-frou French accent, "Oh Doe-rah, you throw the best partehs..." a la Ferrero Rocher "at the Ambassador's party" ad... Migod... 10 years ago... unbelievable...

Calling all board games lovers in Singapore, where are you? I'm in severe withdrawal and need to organise a Cranium/Articulate/Balderdash/Trivial Pursuit/or heck even Scrabble night!

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