Thursday, May 3, 2007

Abridged Classics

Here's a game we used to play on long car rides. Come up with the name of a book after the fiends at Reader's Digest have had a chance to downsize it.

Examples:

The Two Musketeers

Tale of a City

The Snack Counter at the End of the Neighborhood

The Wind of a Skirmish

A Few Things You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*
*But Haven't Gotten Around to Asking, Yet.

My Body, My Self

Have at it, friends.

16 comments:

mielikki said...

Missing in the breeze?
A grape of mild irritation?
Oliver slightly bent?

I could go on for days! I like this game. . .
wait, was I supposed to guess yours?. . .

Playtah said...

The Fourth Night

Grudge and Peace

Romeo

To Injure A Mockingbird

Pride and Slight Condescension

Med Student Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Alice in KindOfOkayLand

The Nudge of the Wild

Rhythmic Movements With A Wolf

Aesop's Fable

Managed Expectations

Gulliver's Vacation

The Forest Book

The Man in the Plastic Mask

The Boy With Mild Scoliosis from Notre Dame

Paradise Misplaced

Dr. DooLess

Uncle Tom's Storage Shed


And...I'm spent. :)

evil-e said...

Mild altercations and lack there of.

(Unalive) (eye) (expletive for a male organ).

Unavailable Off Ramp

Deli-counter Four

Ahab's Fishing Trip

Low Self Esteem and PC Behavior

American Neurotic

Paradise Temporarily Misplaced

Dante's Grease Fire

Green Egg Beaters and Spam.

Try with game with movie titles, it is just as fun...

l.b. said...

Secret Flowerpot

Spare Change Island

Little Woman

Red Badge of Malaise

Are You There, Bob? It's Me, Margie

Gulliver's Long Weekend

Moonbeam said...

Gone with the Breeze

Tropic of Aquarius

A Clockwork

Of Mice

Lord of the fleas

One flew over

Purple color

Scary New World

The Sun also goes down

Catcher in the bushes

Val said...

These were all great.. I can't compete! :)

Churlita said...

Lowered Expectations

Catch-2

The old man and the small fishing pond

dmarks said...

"6,800 Maniacs: The Inside Story" by Natalie Merchant

"The 42 Minutes of the Triffids" by John Wyndham

"Almost Forgotten Acquaintance in a Slightly Odd Land" by Robert A. Heinlein.

"Have Spacesuit, Will Go to Supermarket" by Robert A. Heinlein.

"Harry Potter and the Slightly Itchy Hallows" by J. K. Rowling (Abridged, it's down to a mere 700 pages).

"A Couple Hundred Thousand Little Pieces" by James Frey. As promoted as part of Oprah's Pamphlet Club.

"Like Story" by Erich Segal

"The Minor Annoyance of Khan" novelization by Vonda McIntyre

"Fahrenheit 227" by Ray Bradbury

Babybull40 said...

I will try movies....
The Split with Matt Damon/Jack Nicolson
Mansion Slightly Scary On A Mound...With Jeffery Rush
The World According To Who? With Robin Williams
Chronicles Of A Crazy Bitch
The Terminally Sarcastic with Tom Hanks and also Woody Gumpster

That's all I got.. it was fun..

Aunty Christ said...

Temporary Jest
A Dunce or Two
Gatsby Had His Moments, I Suppose
That Person You Meet in Heaven--Oh Wait, There Is No Heaven ... Never Mind
Your Parachute Is Blue

ANON1 said...

Um. I don't like this game.

Where are the new pics of TED and MB?

dmarks said...

But what of the blog world?

"Someone who Hasn't Met the Comedienne"

"The Oh, never mind of Anon1"

"David in Arlington"

"Insidious Neutral Assertions"

"chef.boy.ar.dee spaghetti"

"Sometimesrecycledblog"

David in DC said...

Good Heavens, thank you friends.

Entries above have evinced muffled chortles, out-loud chuckles, two snorts, three snuffles and a guffaw.

I don't want to sleight anybody by missing their gem here, so I'll just take special note of the entry that topped my Douglas Adams reference.

Heinlein references and a sly Star Trek/Vonda McIntyre aside also caught my eye.

So did all the tributes to Shakespeare, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Melville, Tolstoy, John Kennedy Toole, and whichever Bolles brother wasn't blown up by mobsters.

Love the Oprah reference too.

Good golly we're a literate bunch of wise asses.

l.b.: RFB wants to know if that's a Rugrats reference in the midst of your Judy Blume parody.

David in DC said...

Was typin at same time as dmarks.

Am liking his twist:

Of Sound Mind in Ashburn

Live Life, Love Life (the prequel).

Tales of a Mildly Palatable Redhead

Faux-suede in Dupont

ANON1 said...

WE WANT TED!

Playtah said...

And don't forget

Clear Dade

:)