Having fun with books also means enjoying the wit they can engender. That wit can come from word and other literary games as well as the funny side of writing and reading. Like all of the links on BiblioBuffet’s pages, this one is always looking for additional material. If you know of a great site, tell us about it by sending an e-mail to Lauren Roberts. We'd love to share it with all our readers.
A very funny clip that begins with a frustrated writer and a letter. It expresses perfectly the range of emotions that inevitably accompany the receipt of a rejection letter.
Can You Guess the Book?
This is a first lines quiz that tests your familiarity with first lines from books in a wide variety of genres.
Catalog Card Generator
I love this site that allows me to play around and make my own catalog cards; I can even create my own version of the Dewey Decimal System. Choose the “printed” version, add a call number, title and scribbles and watch as the card, looking quite real, appears. These would make interesting bookplates.
Fun Trivia: Quizzes: Literature
Do you know books and authors? Well, here’s a place to test yourself with quizzes on plays, poetry, horror, fantasy, humor and satire, legends, non-fiction, religious literature, mystery and detective fiction, literature by region and more. They range from very easy to tough.
If you have ever had to call the Help Desk or Tech Support in frustration over a computer issue, you’ll love this fantastically funny clip about what might have happened when books overtook scrolls.
It’s not intended to be humorous (I think), but this look at a unique bookstore and bookseller made me laugh.
For word-o=philes, this site offers eleven different types of word games. You can play for free or choose the premium ad-free for a reasonable fee. The games are fun and challenging. Beware: you may find yourself spending more time here than you think you will.
Something Called . . . B-O-O-K
Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device (BOOK). It's a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover. Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere-even sitting in an armchair by the fire-yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disk.
Here's how it works: Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. By using both sides of each sheet, manufacturers are able to cut costs in half. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening it. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Most come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any elected information for instant retrieval.
An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session-even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.
Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is the entertainment wave of the future, and many new titles are expected soon, due to the surge in popularity of its programming tool, the Portable Erasable-Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus...(PENCILS).
This is a lively and very funny comic strip for librarians, but anyone who has visited, lurked in libraries, lived with a librarian or who just loves libraries and librarians will also enjoy it.
Will Write for Chocolate
Debbbie Ridpath Ohi is a Canadian writer and illustrator who uses her writing life as the source of this weekly blog and delightful comic strip. Though in real life she lives with her husband, the comic strip is about a group of freelance writers living in one house. Eliza Street (the redhead) quit her day job to be a freelance writer; fellow tenants reflect various genres and change occasionally. The strips revolve around the craft and business of writing, the writing life in general and, naturally, chocolate.