Top Ten Tuesday: sing-along a SF book

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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’re picking out books that would make great song titles.

I can’t resist a frivolous Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s works brilliantly as a SciFiMonth cross-over (it being November, I will of course restrict myself to picking science fiction titles). I had fun recasting book names as band names earlier this year – this week it’s all about selecting books that double as song titles.

First, I should go on record as not particularly interested in music (much to the despair of my musically-minded out-laws). I rarely listen to music unless I’m exercising; apparently my mum’s preference for the peace of no background noise rubbed off on me after all (albeit many years after I moved out; sorry Mum, I get it now). All of which suggests I’ll be terrible at this week’s prompt… but it’s too much fun not to have a go.

Before we start, it’s worth noting that the musical descriptions I made up are no reflection on the content of the books themselves. As ever, feel free to make a counter-case in the comments!

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is the sort of indie rock so earnest it requires big brown eyes and plenty of shaggy hair to carry it off (both luckily available, along with that irresistible woolly jumper); the result cut swathes through the charts.

Too Like The Lightning is a no-regrets break-up song, all strong guitar and hard edges. Wait about five years though, and someone will transpose it to a minor key, slow the tempo and pay off their mortgage when it’s used on some big brand advertising.

Flowers For Algernon is soulful in the sense of wistful songstress (rather than Aretha Franklin) – Wild Seed is all haunting vocals and unexpected rhythms on the B-side.

The clue is in the name with Polar City Blues, which is a tune out of time, but kinda catchy all the same.

Looking for something more upbeat? There’s nothing more delightfully positive in every way than relentless ear worm Tigerman. You can’t even get irritated by the fact you end up humming it for days. Well, maybe by day six, if you’re an irredeemable grump.

The Expanse has you covered with an array of industrial and prog rock anthems with unexpected instruments that sound like the 70s gatecrashed the 21st century. Surrender to the walls of excellent noise that are Leviathan’s Wake, Cibola Burn and Babylon’s Ashes.

An Unkindness of Ghosts feels like the best kind of throwback cross-over – think Simon and Garfunkel with vocals by Amy Winehouse – in spite of those searing lyrics.

If metal is your thing, you don’t get more metal than Hunger Makes The Wolf. It’s so metal there’s an alleged bootleg of Christopher Lee covering it at a wrap party.

We’ll finish with Dogs of War, a tune the Amazon algorithm recommended for presumably the wrong reasons that day you liked Hounds of Love. It’s not a bad track, but it’s not Kate Bush, that’s for sure.

What books sound like songs to you?