Required reading

Book title: Lives of the Great Bloggers


In some far distant time, perhaps, when people want to learn about the hardships and tribulations of the past, they may wish to dip into a book about the great forgotten pioneers of our time.

I am not sure that Lives of the Great Tweeps passes the suspension of disbelief test, however.


That would be affirmative

Band name: Steam Governors

Will it be the same in the future? Will the prized treasures of to-day always be the cheap trifles of the day before? Will rows of our willow-pattern dinner-plates be ranged above the chimneypieces of the great in the years 2000 and odd? Will the white cups with the gold rim and the beautiful gold flower inside (species unknown), that our Sarah Janes now break in sheer light-heartedness of spirit, be carefully mended, and stood upon a bracket, and dusted only by the lady of the house? – Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat


Frightful! Also, there might be a monster

Book name: Neptune’s Illegitimate Daughter

Friday music! of a rather peculiar sort!
Perhaps science and technology has progressed to the point that we can settle the controversy about Loch Ness by simply creating an aquatic beast of our own and introducing it to the famous locale. We’ll put whoever’s responsible for this varmint in charge:

I doubt that it can be much more disruptive to the ecology than the monster-hunting robots and other seekers already clogging up the loch looking for a (presumably rather annoyed) natural sea creature.


Call me smiley face


What would you call a book about a struggle between a driven man and a huge homicidal cetacean, written in cute little 12×12 graphical icons?



I am thinking that if it were my project I might have gone for something like Hello Moby or Sailor Doom.

Update: Funded, in the last couple of days left to go! Soon the might of the crowdsourced Mechanical Turk will be unleashed.


Series we never wrapped our heads around


This is the genre that can never let a story go. Scan the shelves of the section-and this isn’t even the special section most major bookstores devote to series such as Star Trek/Star Wars and Bionicle-and half of the titles will have subtitles like “Book 9 in the Shards of Treacle series.”

Shards of Treacle is good, particularly in this country where just about nobody knows precisely what treacle is like. Along those lines, I could envision a medical horror series called Panels of Death, a martial fantasy line referred to by its setting in Stemwinder’s Redoubt, and macho thrillers following the missions of the special-ops team Cadre Dropsy Azure.