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The Kali Krew Presents Tempting Titles

The title of a book is almost the first thing you notice about a book, besides the cover art. A good title should be evocative of the story you’ll be getting inside. Or at least different enough to make you wonder “Hmm, wonder what that could be about?”

Below are the Kali Krew’s list of some of our favourite book titles. Some we’ve read and some that we haven’t but the titles struck us so much that they’re hard to forget.

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All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By by John Farris

Chosen by Gracie

“I don’t know why but it brings up such a disturbing visual in my mind that I almost don’t want to read the book and have it ruined.” Gracie

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Chosen by Brian

“My all-time favorite book title” – Brian

At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flames by Nicholas Day

Chosen by Gracie

“I’d never heard of the title until Lilyn reviewed it but sometimes, when I’m having a bad day, all I can think is At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flames. I have no idea if that represents the book or not but it feels accurate to life” – Gracie

Check out Lilyn’s review of At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flame

The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read

Chosen by Bill

Book cover for The Bone Weaver's Orchard

“How the hell do you weave a bone? And what fruit is in the orchard? And do the two combine somehow to make a pie with a woven lattice top? ” – Bill

Check out Tracy’s review of The Bone Weaver’s Orchard

A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

Chosen by Brian

Piccirilli always has good titles” – Brian

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny

Chosen by Bill

“It sounds like Batman FanFic but then there is a picture of some Battlewagon/Tank driving through a burning landscape. WTF is going on?” – Bill

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Chosen by Eliza

The Freeze Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Chosen by Eliza

A Guide for Murdered Children by Sarah Sparrow

Chosen by Bill

The blurb on the back made it even more interesting – but I still haven’t read it a year later!” – Bill

How to Recognize a Demon has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison

Chosen by Tracy

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Chosen by Shawn

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Chosen by Lilyn

It grabs you because left hand is considered ‘the dirty hand’, the dirty/bad hand of darkness? What the hell does that mean?” – Lilyn

Check out Olly’s review of The Left Hand of Darkness

Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement

Chosen by Lilyn

Book cover for Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement

“Because it fools you into thinking it’s a very dangerous mission (which, okay, it kind of is) but in all actuality, actual gravity plays a huge role in certain things”. – Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review of Mission of Gravity

Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Chosen by Cory

“It embodies the feel of classic cyberpunk and is just the right kind of weird to make you want to know what it’s about” – Cory

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlen

Chosen by Olly

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Chosen by Sam

Motherfucking Sharks by Brian Allen Carr

Chosen by Tracy

The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

Chosen by Eliza

Book cover for The Rust Maidens

Check out Tracy’s review of The Rust Maidens

Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris

Chosen by Gracie

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Chosen by Bill

“Need I say more?” – Bill

The Sucking Pit by Guy N. Smith

Chosen by Olly

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Chosen by Tracy

Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane

Chosen by Eliza

Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan by JG Ballard

Chosen by Olly

Let us know your favorite titles that intrigued you!

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  1. Motherfucking Sharks!! Love that title. Would love to see the movie lol 🤣

  2. Tried to think of books I have bought because of their titles. “The Birthgrave” by Tanith Lee. “The Invisible Library” by Genevieve Cogman. “The Man Who Was Thursday” by G.K. Chesterton. “The Monsters of Templeton” by Laura Groff. “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry. “The Drawing of the Dark” by Tim Powers. And how could I not buy a collection of essays by Ben Franklin that used one of them for its title: Fart Proudly.

  3. David J Thacker

    ‘The Doll Who Ate His Mother’ by Ramsey Campbell. Every word in the title forces you to examine the others.

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