Book meme

May. 19th, 2006 11:36 pm
[personal profile] jcberk
[livejournal.com profile] dr_whom's fault. "Pick ten of your favorite novels, look them up on Amazon.com, and find the list of Statistically Improbably Phrases for those novels. Pick a few SIPs from each novel, list them here, and then have people guess what books they are." I suspect I'm obscure enough (both in who reads this and in what I read) not to bother, but one ID per person please. I was trying for only one book per author and failed, but at least the failure represents a large concentration on my shelves...

1. rubbish vans, ginger boy, museum yard
2. nabbing culls, sacred dish, gentry cove
3. little shaman, butterfly knife, wild hunt
4. mortal prisoner, gray creature, boiled grain, fairy woman
5. ability threshold, funding form, sensitivity exercise
6. lance constable, good copper, cigar case
7. vomit bugs, uterine replicator, undress greens
8. open third eye, thin dogs, heat shimmer
9. making cinnamon rolls, master vampire, table knife
10. quack chicks, staff car park, young centaur

Books that I tried but couldn't use because they had no or one SIP:
Tam Lin, Pamela Dean
Glass Mountain, Cynthia Voigt
Secret Water, Arthur Ransome
The Sorceress and the Cygnet, Patricia McKillip
The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner
War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
The View from Saturday, E. L. Konigsburg
Deep Wizardry, Diane Duane
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald


Answers:
1. Archer's Goon, Diana Wynne Jones
2. Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede
3. Urban Shaman, C.E. Murphy
4. The Perilous Gard, Elizabeth Marie Pope
5. Bellwether, Connie Willis
6. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
7. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
8. Bad Magic, Stephen Zielinski
9. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
10. Deep Secret, Diana Wynne Jones

Date: 2006-05-20 05:10 am (UTC)
dr_whom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dr_whom
I'm [livejournal.com profile] dr_whom, not [livejournal.com profile] drwhom!

#6 certainly looks like an Ankh-Morpork Watch novel, but I couldn't tell you which one. None of the others suggest anything in particular to me.

Date: 2006-05-20 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcberk.livejournal.com
Argh. Fixed. Too tired to read, apparently.

The cigar case is important. :)

Date: 2006-05-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
dr_whom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dr_whom
I can see how it would be, but I can't quite place it. Ah well.

Date: 2006-05-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] portnoyslp.livejournal.com
Ooh! #5 is Bellwether, by Connie Willis.

Date: 2006-05-20 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] portnoyslp.livejournal.com
And I want to say #2 is one of the Kate Ross mysteries, but can't identify which one.

Date: 2006-07-07 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcberk.livejournal.com
Nope. Clearly I should look them up though, if they're like that... :)

Date: 2006-07-07 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] portnoyslp.livejournal.com
Yeah, they're pretty good. She didn't write many before she passed away, but they're worth a read.

Date: 2006-07-07 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcberk.livejournal.com
(As I finally get back to this...) Yes indeed!

Date: 2006-05-20 07:20 pm (UTC)
coraline: (Default)
From: [personal profile] coraline
#7 is "a civil campaign" :)
and hi...

Date: 2006-07-07 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcberk.livejournal.com
Yup, and hi! I figured the darling little bugs were recognizable.

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