The Sword of Sha Na Na by Terry BrooksFor a bit of fun on a rainy Friday: Yesterday twitter was inundated by clever folk using the #lessinterestingbooks hashtag. How’s it work (for you twitter uninclined)? Take the title of a famous book and twist it around into a blander/funnier/less interesting rendition!

Here are some of the ones I came up with:

The Sword of Sha Na Na by Terry Brooks

Of Mucus and Jam by Stina Leicht

Canadian Gods by Neil Gaiman

Kinda Quiet and Sorta Far Away by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Middle-aged Man’s War by John Scalzi

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azerbaijan by J.K. Rowling

Lord of the Files by William Golding

The Old Man and the Pee by Ernest Hemingway

My favourite:

East of Aidan by John Steinbeck

And, to cap things off, Sam Sykes‘ favourite:

The Crystal Shart by R.A. Salvatore

So, I thought it’d fun to open the floor to you, my lovely readers, and see what your collective wit can come up with! Post away with your favourite #lessinterestingbooks in the comments section below, or let me know some of your favourites that you stumbled across yesterday on twitter!

  • hektor karl May 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Fun topic. The two I came up with:

    The Moon is an Annoying Cousin by Robert Heinlein
    The Meta-neuroses by Ovid

  • D. D. Syrdal May 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Well, I was riffing on Harry Connolly’s “The Spy Who Came in to Warm His Hands” and came up with “The Spy Who Came Down with a Cold.” Does that count?

  • Christie Yant May 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My favorite of my own was probably “Restaurant at the End of the Stripmall,” but my favorite of the day came from @damienk: “The 5 People You Meet in WalMart.”

    That was a fun meme. :)

  • Eric Landes May 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My attempt “Girl with the Daddy Tattoo” got retweeted a couple times, so it couldn’t have been too bad.

  • YetiStomper May 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Ender’s Chores.

  • Locusmortiis May 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Spell right by Blake Charlton

  • WordTipping May 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    The Unremarkable by Peter Orullian
    Among Thrifters by Douglas Hulick

  • Todd Pollman May 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Little, Not Quite So Little by John Crowley

  • Brentus May 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Memories of Ice Cream by Steven Erikson

  • Natasa May 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    The Crystal Shart, oh lord. I shouldn’t have read that while drinking water.

    Here’s one:
    Girl with a Pearl Thong by Tracy Chevalier

    Love Memories of Ice Cream xD

  • Lianne May 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Actually, Canadian Gods could be very interesting…

  • B.T. May 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Memories of Ice Cream is awesome!

    Here’s a few:

    Lord Foul’s Bake Sale by Stephen R. Donaldson
    The Voyage of the Dumb Tweeter by C. S. Lewis
    Nine Princes in Ambergris by Roger Zelazny
    Lord Valentine’s Sandcastle by Robert Silverberg
    Outhouse Gates by Steven Erikson

  • Michael McClung May 28, 2011 at 4:33 am

    “The Left Ham of God’ by Paul Hoffman
    ‘The Rather Darkly Complected Company’ by Glen Cook
    ‘The Stairs My Destination’ by Alfred Bester
    ‘The Ponce’ by Niccolo Machiavelli

    and of course

    ‘Moderate Expectations’ by Charles Dickens

  • Raphael May 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    “Whale of Time” by Robert Jordan

  • Bloody Savage May 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The Spade Itself – Joe Abercrombie.

  • John Markley May 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    The Man Who Counts Change by Poul Anderson
    Flesh Man by Neal Asher
    Recession by Iain M. Banks
    The Washing Machine by Jack Vance
    The Healthy Dog: A Tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach by Steven Erikson
    The Truck Lords by David Drake
    Renovation Space by Alastair Reynolds
    Dialysis by Greg Egan
    A Dirigible in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
    Man-Kzin Arms Reduction Conferences by Larry Niven, et al.
    A Game of Checkers by George R.R. Martin
    The Engines of Ford by Jack McDevitt
    Hill by Frank Herbert

  • Kimberley May 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Lord of the Piles
    William Golding

  • Reuben May 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

    The Desert Pear – Peter V. Brett
    The Girl Who Played with Tires – Stieg Larsson

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  • Earnest May 30, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Patrick Rothfuss – The Averagely Intelligent Man’s Issues
    Cherie Priest – Cartilage Wiggler

  • Slappyman May 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Lord of the Blings – J.R.R Tolkien

  • Chris M May 31, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Catching Mice – Suzanne Collins
    Harry Potter and the Neverending Hype – J.K. Rollings
    The Stiff Remains – Richard Morgan
    The Chicken that Came Before – R. Scott Bakker
    A Game of Bastards; Clash of Butcher’s boys; Storm of Egos; A Feast for Sundays; A Dance of Zombies – George RR Martin
    The Bone Daddy – Steven Erikson
    The Crippled Pedestrian – Steven Erikson
    The Surgery of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
    The Briar Bishop – Greg Keyes
    The Taxonomy of Al-Rassan – Guy Gavriel Kay
    Shaman’s Conundrum – Robin Hobb
    Farenheit911 – Ray Bradbury
    Fevre High – GRRM
    The Book of the New Rapture – Gene Wolfe
    The Tasty Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
    The Lord of the Muppets – J RR Tolkien
    The Quarantine of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
    Hellhole – Kevin J Anderson & Brian Herbert (oh wait…)

  • Sean May June 1, 2011 at 5:15 am

    The Female Singular Nominative Pronoun by H Rider Haggard.

  • Jexral July 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

    The Hangnailed God – Steven Erikson
    A Game of Throes – George RR Martin
    The Bay of Dogs – Brandon Sanderson