#bookcheat: literature classic (or maybe classic literature) summarized in 140 characters or less

Do you recognise the following books based on descriptions I’ve tweeted using the #bookcheat hashtag? They’re either familiar classics of their genre or that rather amorphous category, modern classics. (The tag is sometimes defined as ‘we read the books so you don’t have to’.)

Anthropoids adopt orphan, future lord of jungle also English milord. Concrete jungle a challenge, loses heart.

See, it’s easy! Try this one:

Alternate history by lofty châtelain in alternate history. Authentic? Chance, and Dick, will tell.

No? Perhaps you haven’t read the same SF as me. And I do agree that it reads a bit like a cryptic crossword clue. Here’s a work I reviewed recently:

Graphic novel graphic & novel: vigilantes pawns in megalomaniac plot to end all wars. Will it work? Will it hell!

This may find you traipsing all over the place:

Hubby works overseas, then Med cruise with mates before return. Is wifey faithful? Gold-diggers made to bow out.

There, that was a gift. Final one:

Quintessential kids novel, sometimes insular, when beast joins quartet to revive family fortunes.

You really don’t need any clues to solve the last riddle…


4 thoughts on “Bookcheats

  1. 1. Tarzan of the Apes
    Yes, dead easy! Next year is the centenary of its book publication — expect a review.

    2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
    Obscure but a now classic alternate history story. I’ve reviewed it.

    3. Watchmen
    Lizzie Ross and I did a tag team review of this on Twitter.

    4. Homer’s Odyssey. Of course.
    No review as yet.

    5. Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton.
    Also reviewed here.

    You should still find past #bookcheats tweets (promoted by the Telegraph paper) with the hashtag, but it’s not a new idea. I’ll run something similar again, perhaps with haiku summaries: Library Thing allows this feature.

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