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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Ginger » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:00 am UTC

That book by the transgender woman Julia Serano about her experiences with her life and transgender women-based misogyny? I had an entire paper my therapist gave me about it and then lost it.
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Postby Ginger » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:38 pm UTC

Yes-Yes thank you Deva. <3
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Postby Kewangji » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 am UTC

Alien invasion (bodysnatch dealie), the protagonist falls in with a crowd of aliens who are the resistance, and they communicate with each other through a black star on their palms. Or that's how they know who the others are, or something. At one point near the end they sing Hey Jude in a car.

My fiancée apparently read this when she was 9 or 10, and she's never been able to find it. But it would have been in a school library for 9-11-year-olds in 2001, in Britain.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Deva » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:01 pm UTC

Memoirs of a Dangerous Alien or Alien Collective 1: Resistance?

Memoirs Description wrote:Dominic is a normal teenager living in the 21st century until he meets Fenella, the alien next door. To Fenella, Dominic is the alien, and when he is caught up in the fight between the UCP and the outlawed Black Star Gang, he becomes a dangerous alien with a mission to save Earth from destruction.

Published it in 1994, also.

Alien Collective Description wrote:Strange things are happening on Earth after aliens take over, claiming they have come to aid humans in saving the planet. While governments across the globe cooperate with the aliens, other groups have formed a Resistance to fight the alien occupation. What are the aliens' intentions? Have they truly come to help? Alien Collective I: Resistance is an action-filled story of one girl's experience when she finds herself in the custody of these beings from outer space. The book can also be used to teach students how to make inferences and draw conclusions, and to identify past-tense verbs. The book and lesson are also available for levels Z1 and Z2.


Presumes this to be too new. Discovered little information about it, however.

Sidenote: Found a similar request. Never answered it, unfortunately.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Kewangji » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:25 pm UTC

That's the one! (The first one.) Thank you so very much, she's been looking for this for years.
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Postby emceng » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:51 pm UTC

Don't recall the plot or anything, just a specific passage, paraphrased below:

Every man, until he reaches the age of 30, believes that if circumstances were right, he could become the ultimate badass. If he family was murdered, something like that, he thinks he could train with martial arts masters and become the most dangerous man in the world.


Something along those lines. Maybe from the book Fight Club? I really don't remember anything else.
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Postby EdgarJPublius » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 pm UTC

Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.

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Postby emceng » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:31 pm UTC

EdgarJPublius wrote:
Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.

Hiro used to feel that way too, but then he ran into Raven. In a way, this is liberating. He no longer has to worry about trying to be the baddest motherfucker in the world. The position is taken.


Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash


Ahh, thank you so much. Great book, haven't read it in a few years.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Zohar » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:59 pm UTC

I was gonna say "Ugh, snow crash". I really disliked that book, but I know I'm in a relative minority opinion on that.
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Postby poxic » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:00 pm UTC

I've only read Diamond Age. Had some quibbles but overall a good read.
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Postby Angua » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:29 pm UTC

My friend is trying to find a book she read as a teenager. About a girl who thinks her mother is a pir as te and bases her life on real female pirates when she goes to boarding school? She finds out her mother is actually an actress. Apparently there's a Shakespeare sonnet quoted in it.
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Postby Deva » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:50 pm UTC

Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl's Adventure Upon the High Seas?
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Commenter wrote:It's not your usual pirate story. A young lady who doesn't fit in at the high society boarding school (that her father left her at) decides (after a cartoonish head bump) to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a pirate captain. Thing is, her mother was an actress who played a pirate. You might think this is a spoiler, but the book reveals this to both the reader and the character almost immediately.

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Postby Angua » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:31 pm UTC

Yeah! I found it just after posting and she was all 'I never thought to put boarding school in the search'. Thanks though!
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Postby jasc15 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:51 pm UTC

I took a 2 week winter semester composition/literature course in 2002 or 2003. There were 2 short stories that stood out, and I have yet to find them again:

One was about 2 women who lived together in a rural area and raised some animals (i remember chickens). A man stays with them for some period of time either as hired help, or just as a guest. There is no mention of the women being lesbians, but a jealousy develops between them with respect to the presence of the man living there. This is about all I can remember.

The other takes place in Japan. An elderly famous professor/poet/author is traveling either for work or leisure (there might be a boat or ferry ride here) and has a young women as his travel companion/assistant. He is portrayed as asexual with nothing more than a functional relationship with the young woman, and she is somewhat infatuated with him due to his past work. From what I remember, much of the story is told from the thoughts of the young woman, but not in the first person.

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Postby Jorpho » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:21 am UTC

I thought I recalled reading a rare SFW Oglaf comic that juxtaposes a bunch of old cliches, along the lines of "This is all a dream", "This is a hallucination", "You're actually in hell", and so on. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it in any of the SFW Oglaf dumps and I'm not about to tackle the archives directly. Could soemone please point me in the right direction?

(I suppose it could have been a Dresden Kodak or Tom Gauld, but I'm pretty sure it was Oglaf.)

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Postby commodorejohn » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:59 pm UTC

drego642 wrote:Occasionally, I've thought back to a book I started reading ages ago as a kid, and probably never finished. I don't know why, but if it's going to keep popping up in my head, I'd feel better if I at least knew what it was. Since I'm basically working off of historical guesswork, I can't be too sure of the accuracy of my description, but from what I can remember:

It was a book about a boy who finds a dragon's egg and hatches and raises the dragon. I think it was set in modern times and at one point, his aunt or someone says something about dragons being virtually extinct (a detail which stuck out to me because that was the first time I'd ever seen the word 'virtually' used to mean almost).

Old post, but was this not Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher?
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Postby Deva » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:41 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:I thought I recalled reading a rare SFW Oglaf comic that juxtaposes a bunch of old cliches, along the lines of "This is all a dream", "This is a hallucination", "You're actually in hell", and so on. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it in any of the SFW Oglaf dumps and I'm not about to tackle the archives directly. Could soemone please point me in the right direction?

(I suppose it could have been a Dresden Kodak or Tom Gauld, but I'm pretty sure it was Oglaf.)

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Postby Sableagle » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:59 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:I thought I recalled reading a rare SFW Oglaf comic that juxtaposes a bunch of old cliches, along the lines of "This is all a dream", "This is a hallucination", "You're actually in hell", and so on. Unfortunately I can't seem to find it in any of the SFW Oglaf dumps and I'm not about to tackle the archives directly. Could soemone please point me in the right direction?

(I suppose it could have been a Dresden Kodak or Tom Gauld, but I'm pretty sure it was Oglaf.)


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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Jorpho » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:55 am UTC

Huh, I didn't notice the Oglaf archives are now explicitly labelled "safe" where applicable. Still, those are awfully long archives.

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Postby Deva » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:33 pm UTC

Found it. Title: Exposition Fairy. Marked it as "Safe".
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Postby Jorpho » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:22 am UTC

Yay! Much relief. Thank you.

Puzzling, that it has been so absent from those various SFW dumps I mentioned.

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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby The Moomin » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:30 pm UTC

I remember reading an illustrated book, pre-1995 I think, about a race with their faces in their chests living in a cathedral. They appear to be based on the legend of the Blemmyae, and I am sure the book had a title based on this, however I can't seem to find anything similar looking on google.

The book was an approximately A4 size hardback and I'm sure it had a blue-ish cover with a picture of a Blemmyae on it.

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Postby Jorpho » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:28 pm UTC

Wouldn't be Fletcher Hanks, would it?
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Postby The Moomin » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:23 pm UTC

It isn't thank you.

It was an illustrated book more than a strip or graphic novel.
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Postby flicky1991 » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:22 pm UTC

I'm wondering if anyone can identify a book I vaguely remember from my childhood: it was about a secret society who were conspiring to make the world less intelligent so that people who couldn't use their intelligence for good purposes wouldn't destroy the world. They did so by replacing the science curriculum with "common sense" science that stopped you thinking about the mechanics behind things - teachers would not only teach about heat moving from one place to another, but cold moving around as well as if it was a separate concept, and claim that metal feels cold to the touch because it's "naturally cold". Other members of the society infiltrated areas other than the sciences - e.g. an artist who was part of their society would do things like paint a crescent moon and put a couple of stars in the spot that should be covered by the black part of the moon, to stop people thinking about what shape the moon really is.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby Jorpho » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:03 pm UTC

Argh, how infuriating.

There's this four-panel black and white comic entitled "How The Internet Works". A stick figure shouts into the black hole of a machine: "I matter!" The machine prints out a little card that says: "You matter!" The stick figure rejoices.

One of these details must be incorrect because my searches have yet to reveal the comic. The artist's comic appear often enough here and there, but I can't seem to find one of them at the moment either. Any help?

EDIT: I couldn't take it anymore and went digging through my Facebook timeline. It is, in fact, How To Use The Internet. :roll: Leaving this here for posterity.
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