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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

#BookADayUK; A Reader Event For October. Day 14

Today's theme is, 'I adore the title of this novel'. I've read thousands, so not an easy task. But one that comes to mind is Patrick Rothfuss' 'The Name of the Wind', which presents the reader with a suggestion of mystery and possibly fantasy, suggesting something of what the book may be about, whilst giving nothing away.
Titles are strange devices; they can make a book instantly recognisable: 1984, The Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, to name but a few which will conjure images and memories for many. They can, of course, kill a book stone dead by being inappropriate in some intangible way. Sometimes, a book title will present difficulties that are built in to the book itself. I wonder how many people have passed by the title, 'They F**k You Up', simply because of the implied expletive. This is a book everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE should read. The insight into the behavious of all of us is astounding and the case studies will make you laugh. Read it. You won't regret it.

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