What’s in a Name?

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I exchanged an e-mail with Aussie writer Max Barry last week, asking him if he wouldn’t mind me sending a copy of PRODIGAL down under as a hearty thanks for giving me such a nice blub for HAMMERJACK.  I also thought he might be interested to know that his comments figured rather prominently in the mass market edition–though the inside cover brands him as the proud author of The Company, released by Doubleday earlier this year.

Well, those of you who read Max know that his latest is simply titled Company, sans the.  We both shared a chuckle over that, as book titles are often mistyped, even in professional publications.  My own latest has been called PRODIGY so many times, I’m actually thinking about changing the title.  Must be something about that old metal band that keeps coming back to haunt people.

Still, the funniest gaffes are reserved exclusively for HAMMERJACK.  Among the more creative rearrangements have been (and I swear I’m not making these up):

  • Lumberjack
  • Amberjack
  • Jackhammer
  • Hammerhead
  • Hammerjacks

I rather like the last one.  Not only is it pretty close to the mark, I could definitely see it on a cereal box one of these days–right next to the C3POs and specially marked packages of Lucky Charms.

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  1. John Kerwin  September 27, 2006

    Don’t forget Cap’njack,Oneeyedjack and Gotthejack. Mmmmmmm….bad deal.

  2. Marc G  September 27, 2006

    And it hurts!

  3. Kuce  October 2, 2006

    Unfortunately all think I think of is Prada Gal with the new release. Style and all things considered, I’m not sure who it would be.