This was inspired by a post over at Metaphors and Moonlight a while ago. Talking about book titles and consistency got me thinking about a somewhat different topic- the book titles themselves. I like book titles that convey a sense of wonder or mystery, or just have a good ring to them. So I thought I would showcase some favorites.
This one, combined with the cover, just gets me every time. It just has a sense of freedom to it.
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
How mysterious is that?
DRUMS OF AUTUMN
This puts me in mind of fall and changing leaves and perhaps tribal drumming or something similar.
CITY OF THE LOST
This was my first Kelley Armstrong, but more importantly that cover and the title grabbed me. I love the remoteness of the setting, and the idea of a haven for those on the run is encapsulated perfectly by the title.
THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS
If you love dragons this is probably an irresistible one! I mean the title brings to mind a tropical area teeming with life- including draconic life.
THE HITCHHIKER"S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
I feel like we need more humor in SF and this is the gold standard, of course. One of the better titles ever?
SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH
I like this one even more.
THE NAME OF THE WIND
I had trouble getting into this one but I love the title. It makes me think of controlling a thunderstorm, or perhaps just a little zephyr, with but a word...
DAYBREAK 2250 AD
Okay forget the hokey cover, I LOVE this title. Why? This title makes me think of sunrise sometime more than two hundred years from now, when the world is destroyed and only ruins remain, but perhaps people yet live, to forge an existence from the chaos. And the cover's not THAT bad, I like the drowned city (and the cat's telepathic too- BONUS).
PLANET OF EXILE
This title just has a finality to it, as in a colony on a faraway planet that cannot get home. Combine that with seasons that last a generation and a tangible sense of loneliness, and this title absolutely fits.