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Postby Zohar » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:41 pm UTC

Yes! Yes! That's the one! Thanks a lot!

I even remembered it had something to do with farts, but I wasn't sure if it was true or not and maybe it was only in the translation or something weird. Only 1982? I thought sooner. And there are helicopters. Oh my.

I guess I'll be on the lookout for this one, or something.
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Postby Ended » Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:59 pm UTC

Happy to help! Roald Dahl is excellent - I also recommend The Witches and his collected short stories.
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Postby Platinu Kismet » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:39 pm UTC

A friend and I have been trying for weeks to recall the name of a book (possibly series) that we both read many years ago. All we can remember is vague. We think it was about 3 boys who each had a piece of a magical amulet embedded into their chest or shoulder that gave them each powers. I think there's a dad that oversees the boys but I don't recall.

With this vague description does anyone with a more functional brain than I possess have any idea as to what this book is called?

I hope this question is OK for this forum. I've been reading it for months but today is my first day posting.

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

Postby A. Akbar » Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:58 am UTC

I read this book years ago and have a vague memory of it which had been bugging me for ages. It's fairly obscure comedy about a british nuclear weapon project in the 60s(?), plays on the casualness with which the scientists treat the atomic material and the major plot point is the protagonist scientist accidentally taking a warhead home with him. Eventually they discover that the neighbour (who also works on the project) has taken a variety of nuclear materials home with him and uses them to power his alternative lifestyle, off the grid existence. I vaguely recall Terry Pratchett having something to do with, certainly not as author but he may have written the foreword or soemthing. Also I think the author used to be a nuclear physicist is that helps.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story

Postby Siavonna » Sat Dec 19, 2009 9:58 am UTC

Okay, here's three:

The first, I read in grade school. It was about a little Satanist girl who did witchcraft, and I remember burning bushes and wild dancing around a bonfire, and themes much too advanced for my little 9 year old head to wrap around. The book may or may not have been the little girl's name.
Second is a book about two teens who can change into other animals at will by imagining what it would be like to be that animal. One of them has an affinty for rats. I remember the girl thinking back to the first time she shifted- she was a little girl, and she imagined herself into a bear, and she was scared, and destroyed half her room, and nobody believed her later when she turned back into a child.
Third is a book called something like The Stone, or The Magic Rock, or something like that. And all I remember was there being a couple little boys, a magic rock on cord that somebody wore around his neck, and lots of fields of grass.

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

Postby Siavonna » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:37 am UTC

Ah! More! Now that I've found this thread, I won't be able to stop.
Read this book in 2001, once again in elementary school. It was about homeless children, either Russian or German. I remember a line of people in rags, I remember a child riding in a little hole on a train or car, and freezing almost to death, I remember the children forming a small gang, and one of them getting very angry that the others weren't boiling their water. The book had a glossary of words of whatever language they spoke in the back.
A children's book in whch a little Mexican girl has a witch grandmother, or something, and her house has roadrunner's legs.
A book where these girls are aging backwards- they may have once been scientists who found a cure for aging- but they had to cut their faces so that the scars would look like wrinkles. Eventually, the younger one becomes a baby and the older one is desperately struggling to take care of her friend and find a cure while living in a toddler's body.
Cover had children on train tracks- girls, probably. There were two girls, best friends, one blonde and one brunette, and there's this mean fat boy who's always trying to kiss or insult the plainer of two, and they hate him, but then his brother runs away from the war and the little oy is keeping him in his shed, and the older brother writes poetry about how he hates killing.
Short story I read in a magazine, this little boy eats silverware when his mom goes out on dates, because then she has to come home and tak him to the hospital. He sleeps sucking on a spoon.
Another: Burly englishman buys little chinese girl, unbinds her feet, takes her on as a servant, describes her mouth as a squashed raspberry. This man is really childish sometimes- he forces her to wail like a banshee around this fortress, even though she might die. And the name had something to do with a dungeon, because at one point he gets mad at her for some reason and tosses her down into the dungeon. Eventually, he treats her like a daughter.
Fantasy book, Title had summer or dragon in it, it wqas part of an extensive series but I only read the one. I remember a race of elfish creatures who are rounded up every night and held in jail because it is a simple fact that all they do is mischeif, and putting them in jail gives them a place to sleep each night a gives the cops a break. I remember a battle outside a castle with a huge dark courtyard, and I remember a housewife beating someoe's head in with a pot. The cover had two people on a balcony, a girl in a beautiful dress that showed just a little too much.

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

Postby Anri » Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:11 pm UTC

A children's book in whch a little Mexican girl has a witch grandmother, or something, and her house has roadrunner's legs.


I don't know the book but that sounds like Baba Yaga. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Yaga

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trying to find another webcomic

Postby jubjubbird » Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:42 am UTC

I'm not sure where I should post this, or even if this is appropriate to post at an xkcd forum at all. I was stumbling the other day and I came across a webcomic from a site that only puts them out VERY occasionally. It was about challenging oneself and continuing to learn and seek new knowledge even after finishing school. There were other comics on this same site about the environment. I don't remember much else and I'm really wishing I had bookmarked the site. Can anybody help me out with this?

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

Postby minehowe » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:54 pm UTC

Siavonna wrote:Third is a book called something like The Stone, or The Magic Rock, or something like that. And all I remember was there being a couple little boys, a magic rock on cord that somebody wore around his neck, and lots of fields of grass.


Could that be The Stone And The Flute by Hans Bemmann? it certainly starts out like that, though there's a lot more to it than that (failing to resist the urge to say "That's very far from all.").

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

Postby kfish » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:10 am UTC

Anri wrote:
Siavonna wrote: A children's book in whch a little Mexican girl has a witch grandmother, or something, and her house has roadrunner's legs.


I don't know the book but that sounds like Baba Yaga. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Yaga

The idea has probably come up in quite a few stories, then. My first thought of a house on legs was a children's short story book called A Necklace of Raindrops, the story was A Bed for the Night. Don't remember anything about a mexican girl and her grandmother, though, so it's probably not the one you're looking for, Siavonna.

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Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

Postby Rembrandt Pussyhorse » Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:44 am UTC

nevskey1 wrote:Anyway, this was a story I read (or skimmed, really) in 9th grade, about 8 years ago now. For the life of me, I swear I think it was called "By the Waters of Babylon," but I can't seem to find that title anywhere. It was a short, post-apocalyptic tale about nuclear survivors and how they reorganize simple civilizations and the way they live. I may be wrong but I think I remember it being by Bradbury. I'm not sure though. A few years later I started wondering what that story was and wanting to go back and check it out. Well, I'm still wondering

This reminds me of A Terran Odyssey by Philip K Dick. I've only read the short story but there is an expanded novel version called Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb.

Pai wrote:A rich man walks past a legless street musician who plays the most beautiful music he's ever heard. At night, in bed, the man hears the music playing out on the street, and feels intense pain, as if his soul wants to escape his body. This happens several times.

It's hinted that the musician is the god Pan. And that's all I can remember... =(

Phocomelus' crop up a lot in Philip K Dick's stories and Pan in Arthur Machen's so It could be one of them or perhaps someone like Neil Gaiman who was influenced by them.

This is a great topic, I read a short story as a kid and forgot it then just last year was reading The Outsider by HP Lovecraft and literally after reading the first sentence again it all came flooding back. I was so happy :D

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Edit: I took out the links to books, sorry I read the rules too late ;)

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

Postby Kenneth » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:01 pm UTC

That sounds like a book by author Michael G Coney who also wrote Friends Come in Boxes. If you search his name you'll likely come up with the title :)

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

Postby ChrispyChris » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:55 pm UTC

Oh, nice thread. Hopefully someone knows what book I'm talking about.

Somehow - nuclear war, other similar destruction, causes mutations in vegetal and animal life. A type of tree spreads and covers most of the Earth. Insects become huge, and most plant-life becomes a mix. Carnivore, sometimes mobile plants. Somehow, caterpillars or butterflies or something, reach the moon and tie it to the earth, locking them in position, causing the Earth to have a dark side.

The action of the book focuses on two human. The male gets a brain-mushroom attached to his brain, and they have all sorts of adventures on a quest thing. They go to the moon at one point, hitching a ride on a caterpillar. They gain wings there.

It's been quite a few years since I read this, and I don't recall much else, but I'd like to read it again. Thanks for any help.

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

Postby Zohar » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:12 am UTC

I have no idea what book this is but it sounds either really cool or horrendously terrible.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story

Postby ChrispyChris » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:17 am UTC

It was actually quite well-written, it's just my description that sucks. But my google-fu failed in this case.

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

Postby tenohsix » Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:12 pm UTC

Siavonna wrote:Burly englishman buys little chinese girl, unbinds her feet, takes her on as a servant, describes her mouth as a squashed raspberry. This man is really childish sometimes- he forces her to wail like a banshee around this fortress, even though she might die. And the name had something to do with a dungeon, because at one point he gets mad at her for some reason and tosses her down into the dungeon. Eventually, he treats her like a daughter.


I remember that one: Dungeon, by Lynne Reid Banks

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

Postby hdcrash » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:10 am UTC

There should be a list of found and currently unknown stories listed here.

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

Postby Sleipner » Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:57 pm UTC

My turn! I read one a while ago, and it was split into two parts. The differences between them escape me now, though.
The main character is the ruler of a kingdom (whether he controls the whole area, or just the cities there, I don't know), and the first part is pretty much explaining just how smart he is. He had practiced magic (summoning gods, really) early on, and had slain a species of wolf-people. He kept two of the cubs. His friend/advisor apparently rode out every now and then to check up on the children of the women he impregnated. Later on, in the second part of the book, there's an invading culture of tribal, militaristic people. One of the gods impregnates a woman with a demi-god child, who helps the kingdom get an advantage against the tribe. Oh, and they get the gods of the wolf-people to help them, too. And the wolf-kids get caught doing it.

That's all I remember. Anyone know the name?

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Postby Jar'O'Jam » Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:31 pm UTC

Siavonna wrote:Read this book in 2001, once again in elementary school. It was about homeless children, either Russian or German. I remember a line of people in rags, I remember a child riding in a little hole on a train or car, and freezing almost to death, I remember the children forming a small gang, and one of them getting very angry that the others weren't boiling their water. The book had a glossary of words of whatever language they spoke in the back.

This is quite a long shot, but could it be Respublika Shkid ( The Republic SHKID ) ?
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Postby Internetmeme » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:31 am UTC

In class the other day someone was talking about a book.

Basically, it's pretty good and then right in the middle at the climax, the protagonist dies, and the last two words of the book are "Game Over." Followed by blank pages the rest of the book through.
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ChrispyChris wrote:Oh, nice thread. Hopefully someone knows what book I'm talking about.

Somehow - nuclear war, other similar destruction, causes mutations in vegetal and animal life. A type of tree spreads and covers most of the Earth. Insects become huge, and most plant-life becomes a mix. Carnivore, sometimes mobile plants. Somehow, caterpillars or butterflies or something, reach the moon and tie it to the earth, locking them in position, causing the Earth to have a dark side.

The action of the book focuses on two human. The male gets a brain-mushroom attached to his brain, and they have all sorts of adventures on a quest thing. They go to the moon at one point, hitching a ride on a caterpillar. They gain wings there.

It's been quite a few years since I read this, and I don't recall much else, but I'd like to read it again. Thanks for any help.


This is mostly likely Hothouse by Brian W. Aldiss.

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Postby Apteryx » Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:35 am UTC

ChrispyChris wrote:Oh, nice thread. Hopefully someone knows what book I'm talking about.

Somehow - nuclear war, other similar destruction, causes mutations in vegetal and animal life. A type of tree spreads and covers most of the Earth. Insects become huge, and most plant-life becomes a mix. Carnivore, sometimes mobile plants. Somehow, caterpillars or butterflies or something, reach the moon and tie it to the earth, locking them in position, causing the Earth to have a dark side.

The action of the book focuses on two human. The male gets a brain-mushroom attached to his brain, and they have all sorts of adventures on a quest thing. They go to the moon at one point, hitching a ride on a caterpillar. They gain wings there.

It's been quite a few years since I read this, and I don't recall much else, but I'd like to read it again. Thanks for any help.



Certainly it is the novel/short stories "Hothouse" by Brian Aldiss. Hugo winner and a very good book, holds up quite well today.

The mushroom-on-the-head was a biological computer that called itself "Morel" and when I read this book in 1974 at the age of 10 years, that concept ( something attacks you and takes over your body while leaving your mind intact to scream and struggle ) proved hyper-efficient at seeding bad dreams.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story

Postby TimelordSimone » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:40 pm UTC

I read a short story a while ago, wherein two scientists build a computer that creates an entirely accurate simulation of the universe. They speed up the simulation and use it to watch themselves.
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And then it turns out that they themselves are also in a computer simulation. They decide to leave the machine running.


I'd love to read it again.
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Postby BurningLed » Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:36 pm UTC

Siavonna wrote:Second is a book about two teens who can change into other animals at will by imagining what it would be like to be that animal. One of them has an affinty for rats. I remember the girl thinking back to the first time she shifted- she was a little girl, and she imagined herself into a bear, and she was scared, and destroyed half her room, and nobody believed her later when she turned back into a child.


That's Switchers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchers_Trilogy -- Some spoilers.
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Postby Ended » Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:41 pm UTC

TimelordSimone wrote:I read a short story a while ago, wherein two scientists build a computer that creates an entirely accurate simulation of the universe. They speed up the simulation and use it to watch themselves.
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And then it turns out that they themselves are also in a computer simulation. They decide to leave the machine running.


I'd love to read it again.

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Yes it is! Thank you.
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Postby Okapi » Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:32 pm UTC

Archaeologists in the future find a modern-day pornography, watch it, leading to much hilarity.

I think it's by Bradbury, but I might be mistaken.

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Postby imsuzyq » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:54 pm UTC

Ok, this has been bugging me forever. I don't remember the title or the names of the main characters, but I remember that the main character was a girl who was never allowed to be around animals or own pets because as she later discovered she would "bond" to them and it gave her magical powers. She found a new world where her now passed on mother had come from, and there was a boy who was kept locked up by his father and away from his bonded animal which was something hilarious like a rat, and the girl bonds to her mother's dog. And there was a massive tree that was magical and awesome that the antagonist was trying to kill off. And the cover had a really big tree on it and the title was the name of the magical world that I can't remember.

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Postby Okapi » Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:14 pm UTC

Haha. No clue what it is, but it actually sounds very much like Avatar. Perhaps it was an influence on the movie?

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Postby imMAW » Sun Mar 07, 2010 8:07 pm UTC

I've had this list of books that I can't remember the title of for a while, but I only remember a small amount of details from them (otherwise Google would have solved my problems)
3 and 5 remain a mystery.

From easy to hard, I think:
1. Wheel of Time, thanks to JayDee
This is a well known fantasy book which I should definitely be able to remember... but anyways, there are some girls who have magic powers, and some other society captures them and puts gold bands around their heads, which allows them to control them so they can use their magic for themselves.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth, thanks to Jorpho
I hardly remember any of this young adult novel, just a scene: there is a group of children on a journey, and at some point they are given the task of moving a large pile of sand/rocks with a spoon, which would take them a very long time. (A little reminiscent of one of Psyche's tasks?)

3. Dark science fiction - a group of humans is traveling in a spaceship (I believe to colonize other worlds) and they encounter a pure black abandoned alien ship, which they latch onto and start exploring. Too late, they realize it is a trap, as the alien ship prevents them from unlatching and starts destroying the humans ship. I think they manage to barely escape by loading the passengers onto a small boat, while the ship (still attached to the alien vessel) takes off into hyperspace, bringing the danger with it.

4. Without a Thought, thanks to Brianm
There are ships built by some ancient civilization whose purpose is to destroy life, and humans need to destroy the ship. This involves going deep inside it to set off a bomb. Most memorable scene: the evil ship can target humans and hit them with some brain-disrupting wave, making a human lose consciousness for a while. To convince the ship that its powers don't work anymore, the main character uses his 'companion' (much less intelligence than a human, I forget whether these companions were robot or creature though). He challenges the ship to a tic-tac-toe like game while he will be unconscious, and to make it appear as if he is learning, he draws up each possible position in the game, and writes down all possible moves in each of these positions. He tells the companion to randomly choose one each time, and if he ends up losing that game, to throw away every move he played - so his decisions improve from round to round, and the other ship is convinced that the human is learning the game and playing.

5. There are two college aged people making a computer game which simulates the real world very realistically. One of them was programming in beneficial things, while the other was making disasters and the like. One of them programmed in a method to time travel, with which the simulated people could go to the past to mine coal. (which gave some insights into how time travel could happen out of the game, I believe.) The other guy programmed very bad things to happen when they mined coal in the past.
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Postby Jorpho » Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:42 pm UTC

imMAW wrote:2. I hardly remember any of this young adult novel, just a scene: there is a group of children on a journey, and at some point they are given the task of moving a large pile of sand/rocks with a spoon, which would take them a very long time. (A little reminiscent of one of Psyche's tasks?)
This happens near the end of Norman Juster's classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Lots of fans of that one.

No clues about the others.

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Postby PAstrychef » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:34 pm UTC

imMAW wrote:I've had this list of books that I can't remember the title of for a while, but I only remember a small amount of details from them (otherwise Google would have solved my problems)
3. Dark science fiction - a group of humans is traveling in a spaceship (I believe to colonize other worlds) and they encounter a pure black abandoned alien ship, which they latch onto and start exploring. Too late, they realize it is a trap, as the alien ship prevents them from unlatching and starts destroying the humans ship. I think they manage to barely escape by loading the passengers onto a small boat, while the ship (still attached to the alien vessel) takes off into hyperspace, bringing the danger with it.

This sounds like an Alastair Reynolds novel- Chasm City maybe, or Redemption Ark. Also possibly Ken McLeod.
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Postby JayDee » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:14 am UTC

imMAW wrote:1. This is a well known fantasy book which I should definitely be able to remember... but anyways, there are some girls who have magic powers, and some other society captures them and puts gold bands around their heads, which allows them to control them so they can use their magic for themselves.
The Seanchan empire in Wheel of Time put silver bands around the necks of female channellers to control their magic, first appearing in the book The Great Hunt.
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Postby Brianm » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:45 pm UTC

imMAW wrote:4. There are ships built by some ancient civilization whose purpose is to destroy life, and humans need to destroy the ship.


This is one of the Berzerker short stories by Fred Saberhagen. Not sure of the title of the one with the game, but I'm pretty sure I read it in a collection titled just "Berzerker", containing a series of the stories. Wikipedia suggests it's probably "Without a thought"

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Postby imMAW » Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:29 am UTC

Thank you guys, I've got two more to find now.

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imMAW wrote:I've had this list of books that I can't remember the title of for a while, but I only remember a small amount of details from them (otherwise Google would have solved my problems)
3. Dark science fiction - a group of humans is traveling in a spaceship (I believe to colonize other worlds) and they encounter a pure black abandoned alien ship, which they latch onto and start exploring. Too late, they realize it is a trap, as the alien ship prevents them from unlatching and starts destroying the humans ship. I think they manage to barely escape by loading the passengers onto a small boat, while the ship (still attached to the alien vessel) takes off into hyperspace, bringing the danger with it.

This sounds like an Alastair Reynolds novel- Chasm City maybe, or Redemption Ark. Also possibly Ken McLeod.


I checked out the plot summaries for these authors books and it isn't one of theirs.
I should have mentioned a few more things above, but these are really random snippets: the humans have no home planet, or if they do it is never shown in the book. The aliens had tortured some humans at one point (we never witnessed the torture, just saw the bodies afterwards). There may have been a gravity-reversing device which was enacted in the ships cathedral during at attempted act of sabotage, but this could have been another book.

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I'm looking for old comic strip I can't remember much about!

Postby aaronchall » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:31 am UTC

Greetings,

In the 1998-1999 school year, I read a comic strip in my university newspaper (the FSView at FSU) that had a floating circle/head that was drawn a bit in the manner of Calvin and Hobbes (it looked like Calvin's head without the nose and hair...). I think the setting was like an alien-world, and there were Spaceman Spiff style ray guns. It was really funny, but I can't find any references to it online based on searches from my memory, and I don't remember the name of it.

Anyways, I've been obsessing about it recently and I was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about it (perhaps at least tell me the name of it). I've looked at as many of the webcomics listed in Wikipedia as I can from that era and still can't find reference to it. I seem to recall reading it online back then though...

Thanks!

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Re: I'm looking for old comic strip I can't remember much ab

Postby Bobber » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:57 pm UTC

If it was in the university newspaper, it could just have been a short-lived comic drawn by a student at the university.
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Re: I'm looking for old comic strip I can't remember much ab

Postby aaronchall » Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:07 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure it wasn't student drawn.

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

Postby El Spark » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:54 am UTC

Siavonna wrote:A book where these girls are aging backwards- they may have once been scientists who found a cure for aging- but they had to cut their faces so that the scars would look like wrinkles. Eventually, the younger one becomes a baby and the older one is desperately struggling to take care of her friend and find a cure while living in a toddler's body.


Sounds like Turnabout, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
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Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Postby mastered » Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:37 am UTC

Okay, so there's this book - my sister reminded me about it by asking if I remembered its name - and it was really awesome, and I tried Google, and I think I need real people to help me now. It's kind of a kids' book, but higher level, I guess. There's a girl whose father is an archaeologist, and she goes with him on a dig in Egypt (I don't remember for sure, but I think she might have gone there with him without his knowledge) and she's exploring a tomb (alone) where she finds a sarcophagus and somehow brings the Ancient Egyptian boy in it back to life. He was the brother of a pharaoh, I think. She knows some Ancient Egyptian, and finds a way to communicate with him, and she brings him out into the modern world, in the guise of a modern Egyptian. They have some amusing adventures - one involved a group of kids who find a can of potato/tomato mash with only some of the letters visible, and they think it's an atom bomb. They have to thwart some smugglers, which involves climbing through windows (?) and in the end, there's some supernatural stuff where the Ancient Egyptian gods speak to them.

It's strange the things one remembers. Does any of this ring a bell? (Please? Anyone?) Thanks!
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