A book with a chase scene

No one used it for this category, but I want to throw a shout out to The Man Who Was Thursday’s multiple intense and insane case scenes. There’s even a fast walking chase, during which the narrator is unsure whether he is being chased or giving chase.

Velvet: The man who stole the world
by Ed Brubaker
Supposedly Brubaker was born in Bethesda, Maryland. This is clearly a lie. The only things in Bethesda are military facilities. Not even the eponymous video game company is based there. Bethesda Games is actually in Rockville, Maryland.

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A book with a pictures
A book you can read in a day

Uprooted
by Naomi Novik
I haven’t even finished Novik’s epic dragon-filled take on Patrick O’Brien, and now she’s pivoting to fairy tale remakes? This one is Beauty and the Beast, which is not everyone’s modern cup of romance.

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A book involving a library or bookstore
A book involving a mythical creature
A book with a yellow spine
A book involving a fire
A book set in the city

Turbo Twenty-Three
by Janet Evanovich
This is the series that never ends, no matter how much even its fans want it to. This is how I felt about the one and only book in the series I have had the pleasure of enduring. It just didn’t seem to end. I wanted so much for the book about the world’s worst bounty hunter to end, and it wouldn’t. It did not help that I was a passenger on a roadtrip and it was the driver’s choice of audiobook.

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The next book in a series
A book you can read in a day (that’s at least the basic intention of the entire series)
A book featuring a profession you are unfamiliar with (bounty hunter)
A book set in the city

Three Dark Crowns
by Kendare Blake
I can never get into most “there can be only one” premises, especially if no compelling reason is laid out why the potentials are going along with it. Like, in Highlander, our dude doesn’t actually go along with it, people just keep showing up trying to murder him, and he prefers not to be murdered. Same deal in The One: most of the many Jet Lis are not into this whole epic power game, there’s just this one psychopath. This book is not a Highlander.

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A book with characters who are twins (eh, triplets count, too)
A book involving a fire
A book involving a mythical creature

The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Given this book has such importance in the French literary canon, you’d think I’d have seen all the adaptations. But for some reason, unlike Sherlock Holmes, it seems prone to really terrible results. Then again, it’s a massive yet efficient tome. The opening exposition alone could make a film in itself.

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book involving a heist or theft
A book based on a real person
A book mentioned in a movie or tv show
A book featuring a profession you are unfamiliar with
A book set in the city (often)

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Every indie author must sometimes dream of getting this kind of agent attention for one of their completed works. So much polish! So much marketing! And it works!

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book set in the city (London and its suburbs)

The Austere Academy
by Lemony Snicket
So, before I’d ever even heard of Snicket, there was a Series of Unfortunate Events game on the old Yahoo!Games page. It was pretty decent. Unlike some people I could name.

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The next book in a series
A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book you can read in a day

Stardust
by Neil Gaiman
Someone compared Gaiman unfavorable to Piers Goddamn Anthony, and I think that says more about them than Gaiman. Keep trucking, good sir.

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book involving a mythical creature

Silence Fallen
by Patricia Briggs
Someone recommended this series to me, and I continue to balk because the early covers are just… gross. Actively offensive. Appalling. Especially book three. Someone in that publishing house, please just release these books with covers that aren’t grotesquely objectifying.

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The next book in a series
A book involving a mythical creature

The Secret of High Eldersham
by Miles Burton
One of the Humdrum authors of British detective fiction. Who were the Humdrums? Not great literary talents, that’s who. They were talented puzzle makers, not storytellers. In a way, it’s sad they didn’t live, oh, a half century later. They would have been fantastic video game level designers, and could have left the problem of narrative design to others. Hey game devs: some of this is public domain, you can mine the hell out of it!

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A book you can read in a day (maybe)
A book published before you were born (good chance)

Nobody
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Honestly, Terry Pratchett had a much more fun take on this sort of character premise. Who doesn’t love Moist von Lipwig, of the eminently forgettable face? Moist is also more believable, and has a better love story (I love you Spike!).

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A book about a villain or anti-hero (the love interest is a teenage assassin. Someone’s been watching too much anime targeted at tween boys…)

Murder in the Dark
by Kerry Greenwood
So, the Miss Fisher tv show used this title for a completely different episode. This book is… not airable on Australian broadcast television. For broadcast, they transferred the orgy to her cousin, toned it down massively (while weirdly making it more racist), and they tamed Phyrne’s fabulous Egyptian goddess dress from a different book and made it a Cleopatra costume.

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The next book in a series
A book about or involving a sport
A book with characters who are twins

Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper
by Hilary Liftin
I find it kind of refreshing that Liftin’s ghostwriting credentials are more out in the open than normal. Usually we all pretend that some famous person who honestly can’t string two thoughts together actually wrote a memoir, but here we know at least some of the people Liftin has written for.

Possible Other Categories
A book with water in the cover art (one edition)
A book based on a real person (…we all know this, right?)
A book with a character’s name in the title

Heart-Shaped Box
by Joe Hill
Relevant

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A book involving a mythical creature
A book about a villain or anti-hero
A book about death or grief
A book about mental health

Gateway to Fourline
by Pam Brondos
Young adult portal fantasy. Next!

Possible Other Categories
A book involving a mythical creature

Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley
So, of all the adaptations, you’d think I’d be particularly fond of some of the more serious efforts, or of some classic cinema because y’know, film was my job for a bit there. Naw, my favorite is actually I, Frankenstein. I’d like to see more of that one. Even a tv show.

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book about a villain or antihero
A book about death or grief
A book with a character’s name in the title
A book with a subtitle
A book set at sea (partly)
A book mentioned in a movie or TV show
A book with an ugly cover (often enough)
An allegorical book
A book featuring a profession you are unfamiliar with
A book involving a mythical creature
A book that is also performed on stage

Empress
by Mark Millar & Stuart Immonen
Basically, Millar writes lots of comics that are easy to option for film rights. The films are often pretty decent if not, frankly, better than the original comic (no fault to the artists). And yes, this has been optioned – Netflix basically picked up Millar’s entire imprint.

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A book with pictures
A book you can read in a day
A book set on a different planet

The Girl in the Spider’s Web
by David Lagercrantz
Nope. I reject this book. I feel like Larsson’s wishes weren’t respected by the making of this book. And that is on Lagercrantz because he could have said no. It’s the perfect opposite of what happened with Wheel of Time, where Jordan purposely made tons of notes and his widow personally selected the new author.

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The next book in a series (officially Millennium #4)

Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming
I don’t think I’d realized this book was actually the first Bond book. The film with David Niven is hysterical, which makes the Serious Remake with Daniel Craig that little bit more bizarre. It’s definitely a book (and series) that films better than it reads. I know, I know, that’s supposed to be blasphemy.

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A book with an adaptation you enjoyed (or not) first
A book based on a real person (there is so much Gary Stuing in this…)
A book about a villain or anti-hero (this Bond is not a good guy)
A book you can read in a day
A book with a two word title

8 9 3
by Jack Hsu
No media on the yakuza is probably accurate, given they like to murder directors who tick them off and everybody else just doesn’t know. This comic won an award and didn’t anger the yakuza, so that’s kind of a good combo, unlike the card hand the title refers to (the origin of the term “yakuza”). Also, unlike Tsutomu Nihei, also an architect turned comic artist, this does not feature two-page spreads devoted almost entirely to buildings.

Possible Other Categories
A book by an Asian author
A book you can read in a day
A book with pictures
A book set in the city

52 steps
by ???
I couldn’t find a book by this title. There’s piles of self help books that start this way, so, probably one of those?

A Crime for Christmas
by Carolyn Keene
Why is there more than one book with this title? I’m going with the Nancy Drew one mostly because there’s been a few Drew Files before now. I feel like Nancy and the boys would be automatic CW fodder, but they went with Archie comics for their latest non-SFF series. Sooner or later, it’ll happen.

Possible Other Categories
A book you can read in a day
The next book in a series
A book set in the city
A book by two authors (officially, although I bet it was by a single ghost writer instead)

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