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#21  Slite 12-16-2008, 11:15 AM
Quote pilotbob
Ok... here's what you do. Write a book that has the same story line... all you can remember... then submit it to a fan fiction type site. I bet within a few days people will complain that you copied so and so book.

BOb
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#22  igorsk 12-16-2008, 12:36 PM
Quote zelda_pinwheel
ZE FORGOTTEN BOOK :
a long time ago i got a book at the library which was really brilliant, and i would love to read it again but i have since forgotten the title and the author (i should make a list of everything i read...). i tried looking for it at the library again (at the time i think i would have recognized it if i had seen it) but it wasn't there. maybe checked out, maybe weeded out of the collection...

the theme was solipsism ; the main characters were a family, if i recall correctly, and during the course of the story their home (the scene of the action) began to physically crack and fall apart as the dreamer (the father ?) either realized that they were all products of his own mind or woke up (or possibly neither, and it was the odd events which made the other family members suspect...), and the other family members berated him for causing such havoc. the details are very vague in my memory. i mainly remember really liking it.
I wonder if it could be Gianni Rodari. I don't actually remember reading a story like this, but it sort of sounds like his style.
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#23  zelda_pinwheel 12-16-2008, 12:41 PM
Quote igorsk
I wonder if it could be Gianni Rodari. I don't actually remember reading a story like this, but it sort of sounds like his style.
hm. are you maybe confusing his name with another author ? i looked up Rodari but it looks like he wrote children's books, unless i've missed something. the book i'm thinking of definitely was not a children's book. thanks for the suggestion though !
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#24  Sparrow 12-16-2008, 12:47 PM
Quote zelda_pinwheel
i tried looking for it at the library again (at the time i think i would have recognized it if i had seen it) but it wasn't there.
Did you look for it in a particular place in the library?
If you could picture where it was it may help narrow it down (e.g. author's surname initial - if that's how your library is arranged).
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#25  Patricia 12-16-2008, 01:27 PM
There's a Booksleuth section at Abebooks (a large second-hand pbook store), which serves the same purpose as this thread (though I believe that you have to sign up before you post):
http://forums.abebooks.com/abesleuthcom
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#26  zelda_pinwheel 12-16-2008, 02:49 PM
Quote Sparrow
Did you look for it in a particular place in the library?
If you could picture where it was it may help narrow it down (e.g. author's surname initial - if that's how your library is arranged).
heh. at the time i looked, i remembered exactly what position it was in the bookshelf, but not the author's name. so i went to the shelf i *thought* it should be in, and looked there first. when i didn't find it, i checked the next bookshelves to each side, and then the next ones over again. even at the time i am not sure i remembered the first letter of the name, and already that was years ago. if only i had that much to go on.
Quote Patricia
There's a Booksleuth section at Abebooks (a large second-hand pbook store), which serves the same purpose as this thread (though I believe that you have to sign up before you post):
http://forums.abebooks.com/abesleuthcom
bookmarking that ! thank you patricia. i will see if anyone there can help me.
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#27  Madam Broshkina 12-16-2008, 06:05 PM
Quote ErwinOtten
Second:
The book I am looking for is a fantasy-book. I seem to remember that it involved a little girl called Arry, or Weasel, or Nymeria, or Nan, or Cat (of the Canals), or even sometimes Arya. Anyone know which book that could possibly be?



Sorry Slite but I just couldn't imagine your question was serious. To pick THE number one fantasy-series (see www.bestfantasybooks.com if you don't believe me), be so specific and not able to remember where to look?....
Perhaps it could be A Feast for Crows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Feast_for_Crows
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#28  ErwinOtten 12-17-2008, 05:53 PM
Quote Madam Broshkina
Perhaps it could be A Feast for Crows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Feast_for_Crows
Mwah, I'm not sure if Arya is referred to as Arry in A Feast for Crows..

But ofcourse my question wasn't serious, as I thought Slite's wasn't eighter
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#29  mjh215 12-17-2008, 07:14 PM
I knew someone had to have started a site just for this;

http://www.whatsthatbook.com/

I looked through, seems like a fair amount of traffic. Many titles appear to have been answered but the original 'asker' didn't mark it as "Answered" yet.

Even if you don't have a book you want to find, maybe you could go over and browse through to see if you can't help someone else out?

-MJ
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#30  Patricia 12-19-2008, 09:45 AM
Quote zelda_pinwheel
the theme was solipsism ; the main characters were a family, if i recall correctly, and during the course of the story their home (the scene of the action) began to physically crack and fall apart as the dreamer (the father ?) either realized that they were all products of his own mind or woke up (or possibly neither, and it was the odd events which made the other family members suspect...), and the other family members berated him for causing such havoc. the details are very vague in my memory. i mainly remember really liking it.
I've been wondering whether this might be a play: Strindberg's "The Ghost Sonata".

As the play opens a young student explains how he has seen a large crack on a houe, just before it falls down. He rescues a child, who vanishes.
Then he is drawn into dream-like events at a mysterious house populated by a solipsistic family.
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