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  • Ant
    Ant
    Eternal Companion
    • Dec 2003
    • 711

    "The X of the Y"

    OK, this is another thread somewhat along the lines of the "alphabet" threads...

    Have you ever noticed how many book and story titles have the format "The X of the Y" (or sometimes just "X of the Y")?

    So... a few obvious ones to get us going.
    • The Revenge of the Rose - MM
      The Lord of the Rings - JRRT
      "Worms of the Earth" - REH
    Ciao,
    Ant
  • Mikey_C
    Champion of the Balance
    • May 2004
    • 1511

    #2
    The Name of the Rose - UE

    The Last of the Mohicans - JFC

    The Manifesto of the Communist Party - KM & FE
    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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    • L'Etranger
      Veteran Moorcockista
      • Dec 2003
      • 4772

      #3
      The Seven Pillars of Wisdom - TEL
      One Hundred Years of Solitude - GGM
      Google ergo sum

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      • DeepFixer
        Eternal Champion
        • Dec 2003
        • 2249

        #4
        The Prisoner of the Horned Helmet by James Silke

        Thuvia, Maid of Mars by ERB
        Madness is always the best armor against Reality

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        • xidrep
          Champion of the Balance
          • Nov 2004
          • 1783

          #5
          The Pocket Guide to Nematode Worms of the Teleost Fishes

          Did I get the wrong end of the stick?

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          • Doc
            Doc
            Eternal Champion
            • Jan 2004
            • 3630

            #6
            How about some more MM stuff...

            The Sword of the Dawn
            The Nature of the Catastrophe
            Bane of the Black Sword

            If you take out the second "the," you can also include:
            The Traps of Time
            The Condition of Muzak
            The End of All Songs
            The Transformation of Miss Mavis Ming
            The Laughter of Carthage
            And soon--The Vengeance of Rome


            And the omnibus:
            Warrior of Mars

            And with ol' pasty-face:
            Stealer of Souls
            And, of course, Elric of Melnibone

            But I digress with (apparently) too much time on my hands... :oops: :D

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            • Ant
              Ant
              Eternal Companion
              • Dec 2003
              • 711

              #7
              @ Perdix: Not so much the wrong end, but the long end...

              Several of the others don't count: it's got to be "(The) X of the Y". And "X" and "Y" should be single words...
              • The Fortress of the Pearl - MM
              Cheers,
              Ant

              PS. Sorry, Doc, didn't post this in time to help you! But your first three clearly count (although it's The Bane..., but that's just nitpicking...).

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              • Doc
                Doc
                Eternal Champion
                • Jan 2004
                • 3630

                #8
                Sometimes nitpicking simply reveals a keen eye for detail.

                Fun thread, Ant--

                Sticking with MM, how about The Weird of the White Wolf.

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                • David Mosley
                  Eternal Administrator
                  • Jul 2004
                  • 11823

                  #9
                  Hmm... let's see:

                  The Power of the Daleks
                  The Evil of the Daleks
                  The Day of the Daleks
                  The Planet of the Daleks
                  The Genesis of the Daleks
                  The Destiny of the Daleks
                  Remembrance of the Daleks

                  and for some variety:

                  The Tomb of the Cybermen
                  The Revenge of the Cybermen
                  Attack of the Cybermen

                  and also:

                  The Enemy of the World
                  The Terror of the Autons
                  The Planet of the Spiders
                  The Image of the Fendahl
                  Warriors of the Deep
                  Terror of the Vervoids

                  Now, if we were allowed to include 'The X of Y' the list would be even longer. :)
                  _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                  _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                  _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                  _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                  • manmiles
                    Eternal Companion
                    • Dec 2003
                    • 509

                    #10
                    Two Doctor Who episodes from the new series.

                    The End of the World

                    The Parting of the Ways

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                    • Ant
                      Ant
                      Eternal Companion
                      • Dec 2003
                      • 711

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Ant
                      ... it's got to be "(The) X of the Y". And "X" and "Y" should be single words...
                      But I'd allowed Doc The Bane of the Black Sword, and he came up with The Weird of the White Wolf, so I suppose we could also have "(The) X or the Y Z" as well... but let's try to keep it as tight as possible. So... Sailor on the Seas of Fate is probably stretching it too far.
                      • King of the City - MM
                        "Kings of the Night" - REH
                        Planet of the Damned - Harry Harrison
                      Ciao,
                      Ant

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                      • Typhoid_Mary
                        Little Voice
                        • Jun 2004
                        • 541

                        #12
                        Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

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                        • Ant
                          Ant
                          Eternal Companion
                          • Dec 2003
                          • 711

                          #13
                          Kingdom of the Grail - A. A. Attanasio

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                          • David Mosley
                            Eternal Administrator
                            • Jul 2004
                            • 11823

                            #14
                            The Hound of the Baskervilles - A. Conan Doyle
                            The Fellowship of the Ring - JRRT
                            The Return of the King - JRRT
                            _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                            _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                            _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                            _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                            • Doc
                              Doc
                              Eternal Champion
                              • Jan 2004
                              • 3630

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ant
                              Originally posted by Ant
                              ... it's got to be "(The) X of the Y". And "X" and "Y" should be single words...
                              But I'd allowed Doc The Bane of the Black Sword, and he came up with The Weird of the White Wolf, so I suppose we could also have "(The) X or the Y Z" as well... but let's try to keep it as tight as possible. So... Sailor on the Seas of Fate is probably stretching it too far.
                              • King of the City - MM
                                "Kings of the Night" - REH
                                Planet of the Damned - Harry Harrison
                              Ciao,
                              Ant
                              I feel a little thick for missing that--twice. It was only my eagerness to participate! But it seems my lack of attention to detail has changed the game.

                              To make up for it:

                              Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

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