Thursday, December 29, 2011

Funny Book Titles

One of my students is reading this blog (which is quite alarming, and I hope it doesn't damage her in some way), and she asked me to write a post on my books.  I sent back the classic teacher response ("?!"), and she said that I obviously had read "a whole lot more than normal people" and should have something to say about books.

Well, yes, I do.  That's where teaching literature classes comes in.

But, as it happens, I've never talked much to students about book titles, and book titles have actually played quite a role in my intellectual development, mostly by stultifying it.  You see, if the title is clever enough or funny enough, well, I end up buying the book, even if I have a strong suspicion that I'm going to regret the time I spend actually reading the tome in question.

So instead of cleaning the house this morning, I went into my home office (where most of the books live) and pulled out the ten funniest titles I found there.  Now, these are not the ten funniest books I've read or even the ten funniest I own; they're just the ten funniest book titles.  In addition, I have deliberately excluded non-fiction and picture books (because, really, There's a Wocket in My Pocket is probably the funniest title ever, at least until Walter the Farting Dog was published).  These are fiction only, so if you're going to add suggestions to the comments (and I know some of you won't be able to resist), please stick to the rules. 

Note:  I accept no responsibility for any injury, physical, mental or emotional, that you suffer from actually reading these books. 

1. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocolypse by Robert Rankin
2. Black Rubber Dress by Lauren Henderson
3. Flip This Zombie by Jesse Petersen
4. Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
5. Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia
6. The Meanest Doll in the World by Martin Godwin Selznick
7. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett*
8. How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford**
9. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb
10. I Still Miss My Man, But My Aim Is Getting Better by Sarah Shankman

*Go ahead and read this one.  In fact, get off of this blog right now and read everything Terry Pratchett has ever written, if you have not already done so, finishing up with Nation which will make you cry.
**If you are a fan of the original Star Trek series and you have not read this book and you have a sense of humor, go read this right now.  It's a Star Trek musical comedy, among other things. 


  1. I always thought "Pride of the Bimbos" by John Sayles (which I read in freshman interim with John Lane) was a pretty funny title. It makes more sense, and is thus less funny, when you actually read the book but when it was assigned I had no idea what it could be about. I had visions of dumb blondes prize fighting one another or something.

  2. #10 sounds like a winner........