December 21, 2005

SQUID Handbook sighting

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at December 21, 2005 3:35 PM

This item is a bit dated, but apparently there's a prize for "oddest book title" awarded every year:

Rick Pelicano and Lauren Tjaden's extremely serious manual on how to Bombproof Your Horse is today hailed as runaway winner of the prize for the oddest book title of the past year.

It takes what the Bookseller magazine describes as a staggering 46% of the vote in a poll of publishers and booksellers.

Runners-up in a shortlisted international field of six are Detecting Foreign Bodies in Food, with 27%, followed by The Aesthetics of the Japanese Lunchbox, with 15%.

The British-based Diagram prize - a magnum of champagne awarded by the Bookseller since 1978 - reflects the book trade's unceasing bafflement and delight at the highly specialised titles which some of its members in Britain and further afield produce.

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Also on the 2004 shortlist were Applications of High Tech Squids (VCH Verlagsgesellschaft), Equids in Time and Space (Oxbow Books) and Sexual Health at Your Fingertips (Class Publishing).


(Emphasis mine.) Actually, that's Applications of High Tech SQUIDs by one J. Clarke. Although it's nice to see my advisor's book getting publicity, I think the title is not so odd if the acronym is written properly.

Tags: Books, Publications, UC Berkeley
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OK, now I really need to turn my thesis (Quantum Chaos in Vibrating Billiard Systems) into a book. I might have a shot. (The problem is that just looking at my thesis brings back painful memories of attempting to graduate.) Did I ever mention that my thesis advisor's quantum mechanics book got stepped on in Spiderman II?

Posted by: Mason | December 21, 2005 3:47 PM

That was completely hilarious. My favorite? "How to Avoid Huge Ships." Priceless.

Posted by: JSpur | December 21, 2005 4:10 PM

Should have thought to mention this in my earlier post, but in my role as a member of the judging committee for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar award for the Best Mystery Novel of 2005, I have seen all kinds of books with strange titles but far and away my personal favorite is...

"Balloons Can Be Murder."

No. I am not making this up.

Posted by: JSpur | December 21, 2005 5:10 PM
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