Friday, November 5, 2010

The New Book on the Shelf

The new book was placed on the bookcase between Lady Chatterly’s Lover and The Kama Sutra.

Since one can endure only so much of anything, the stunned little paperback crept sheepishly away from those two naughty tomes and jumped to the shelf below.

There, it nestled comfortably between Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.

Within minutes, the people on the cover began ducking, shaking their fists as arrows and bullets whizzed past their heads, dangerously close.

The book catapulted to the shelf underneath, sighing with fatigue. It squeezed between Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost.

And then all hell broke loose.


  1. Ahahaha! This is hilarious Maria, just plain fun. I'm so glad you decided to post it - thanks for the laugh!

  2. Ha! Hilarious. Now I'm left wondering what the new book was. Funnily enough I'm just thinking about re-picking up Lady Chatterley's since this week is the 50th anniversary of it being published in the UK!

  3. Loved it and laughed a lot. Now going over to my bookshelf to see if any of the books need to move to a better neighborhood! :)

  4. The reason why some people sort their books by genre. LOL Wonderful!

  5. Excellent! That last line was laugh out loud funny!

  6. Very cute. Just keep it away from Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb".

  7. Fantastic! You actually had me feeling bad for the poor little book!

    Great job.

  8. Reminds me a little of Jon Swift's Battel of the Books. The closing pun is sweet.

  9. Ha! Poor little book. I wonder what sort of book it is?

    Totally love this. Hilarious stuff!

  10. I was laughing all through this! I will be more careful from now on when I put books on the shelf!

  11. This was awesome. Now I'm wondering what's mushed together in my bookshelves. Alphabetizing by author may not be the best idea.


  12. Hahaha! Loved this, Maria, :)

  13. I love the premise of living books and I like the way that the book moves from one trouble to the next. The last line is hilarious.

  14. Deanna;
    Thanks! I'm glad it made you laugh.

    I imagine the book as being something Victorian and proper. "Sense and Sensibility," perhaps. It's 50 years for LCL? I may have to check it out. ;) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    I'm glad you love it. Thanks for reading and commenting. :D

    Thanks! I'm happy you enjoyed the little book's adventures. I'm sure your books aren't as rowdy as these ones seem to be. Still, an ounce of caution...

    I'm happy you liked it. Thanks for the comment!

    I get the feeling no matter how you arranged the books on THIS shelf, there'd still be trouble. Thanks for stopping in. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks, I'm glad it made you laugh!

    I'm glad it made you chuckle. Love love love your name, by the way. Thanks for stopping in.

    There are quite a few books I'd consider keeping it away from. Any Quantum or Nuclear Physics books would be disastrous. Thanks for stopping in.

    Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping in and thanks for following this little blog.

    I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reading about this little book's madcap adventure.

    Swift did something like this? I'm going to have to check that out! Thanks for commenting and I'm happy you enjoyed it.

    I'm glad you like it. The subject matter of the little book is debatable. It's sort of the unnamed protagonist, a character I'm maybe arguably a bit too fond of. I imagine the book to be something very proper. Something Victorian and well-mannered. Thanks for the comment!

    Ha! Yes, there is a method to arranging books on the shelf. This person, like myself, takes a haphazard approach. Not the best way. Thanks for the comment!


    I'm glad you like it. Arranging books is a serious matter. Thanks for stopping in!

    Thanks! I'm glad you like it. I have more of these lined up to get me through NaNo month.

    I'm glad it made you laugh. Thanks for the comment!

    Thanks! I love screwing around with microcosms in my writing. What-if scenarios involving both living (like frogs) and non-living entities (like books). I'm glad you liked it

  15. awesome :). I loved this. Just what I needed to put a smile on my face after getting home from the hospital! :)

  16. A.S.;

    I'm glad it made you smile after your ordeal. Hope you are okay. (hugs) Blessings. :D

  17. Oh, this was excellent! Such a fun story and I love the last line, great way to end it. I'm off to check out if all my books are playing nice with each other...

  18. Kath;

    Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

  19. LOL! Poor little book ... cute story!