Top Ten Tuesday: spook up a book title

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we were asked what books we would rename… you know where I’m taking this at this time of year, right?

Change a word, change a book title – and tis the season to make ’em spooky!

Let’s start with some straightforward tweaks…

  • The Cemetery in the Middle of the Night
  • The Ghouls at the Kingfisher Club
  • Record of a Spaceborn Feu Follet

A feu follet (or fifollet) is a Bayou will o’ the wisp. I’m not sure if this is a chilling space horror as a skittish light leads the Exodan fleet astray, or a heart-warming tale of a lonely spirit exploring the galaxy, trying to make contact with passing ships – but I think I want to read it.

But why stop at titles? I couldn’t resist adding a little twist to the blurb to go with them…

The Ten Thousand Dooms of January

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-destruction after finding a mysterious book

The Lies of Locke Lamia*

An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the island city of Camorr, and Locke’s was no exception. But when the Grey King attacks the city’s underworld, the undead con artist discovers there are still things worth fighting for

Although sometimes, the original blurb works just fine in spite of the title tweaks. I’m mildly horrified by the implications for Lady Trent…

A Natural History of Draugr

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expeditions

City of Liches

When the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city, Jovan and his sister Kalina must protect the Heir and save their city-state. But treachery lurks in every corner, and the ancient spirits of the land are rising…and angry.

A Wendigo of Earthsea

Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world.

Rendezvous with Ramanga

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object hurtling through the solar system at an inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: it is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. It will kindle mankind’s wildest dreams… and fan their darkest fears. 

What titles would you spook up?