I have the word “Slammerkin”  scribbled on several post-it notes on my desk and in my purse. “Slammerkin” is the subject of 3 drafts in my email. I even have a blog post titled “Slammerkin” in my blog drafts that has been there for over a year. And yet, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what any of it meant or was supposed to remind me to do. For several minutes, I thought it was a word I had made up and couldn’t remember the definition for (this has happened to me enough time for this to be a pretty reasonable conclusion).  Is “Slammerkin” my “Bad Wolf”? (Don’t Dr. Who references make you happy? They make me so happy). BUT what it really is, is a book. A book that I now remember almost everyone I talk to about recommending a book tells me I should read. And yet, I haven’t. But now I will because “Slammerkin”.

Have any of you read it? Thoughts? (On anything really I would happily discuss the Dr. Who reference if you haven’t read Slammerkin).

35 thoughts on “Slammerkin

  1. Good thing it’s a book and not, say, the Deplorable Word.

    ““The last great battle,” said the Queen, “raged for three days here in Charn itself. For three days I looked down upon it from this very spot. I did not use my power till the last of my soldiers had fallen, and the accursed woman, my sister, at the head of her rebels was halfway up those great stairs that lead up from the city to the terrace. Then I waited till we were so close that we could see one another’s faces. She flashed her horrible, wicked eyes upon me and said, “Victory.” “Yes,” said I, “Victory, but not yours.” Then I spoke the Deplorable Word. A moment later I was the only living thing beneath the sun.”
    -The Magician’s Nephew.

  2. That’s the problem with the endless post-it trail. It’s better than the string-on-finger brain extension, but only by a few words. I jot things down all the time and then have to decipher: “mustard [unintelligible] 5:30 mtg dont be L8. lookup star pattern.”

    Clearly, we need smarter post-its. 🙂

  3. Times New Romantic says:

    Do it! It is a great read. I don’t know how many times I said to my husband, “Man, I’m so glad I wasn’t a woman in the 18th century!”

  4. strokedtolife says:

    It’s a book? We’re positive it’s a book??–because I’m almost certain it’s your Bad Wolf and not to be an alarmist but if it’s been written in that many places something HUGE is coming….possibly an alien invasion…
    I kid of course. Sounds like an interesting book, I’ll have to check it out.

  5. I have not read it, but the word intrigues me, and now I feel I must. First…I need a post it note to jot it down….(ask me again in a year if I’ve read it)!! 😉

      1. I have much love for Post-Its…..but they often end up falling to the bottom of my purse….a massive wasteland of post-its and pennies…

  6. kissmylab says:

    I’m “new” to Dr. Who but I’ve seen enough random, scattered episodes here and there (also am Torchwood fanatic) to have actually had a SWOON moment at the Bad Wolf reference. It’s because of the Doctors Revisited specials and the rebroadcast of Journey’s End that I’m going back to season 1 on Netflix to start off where Rose and 9th Doctor meet. I think my productivity at work is about to bottom out… 😉

    1. If you love Torchwood then you will definitely love Dr. Who! The ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccelston) is actually my favorite, probably because he was my first Doctor, but after you watch through the newer episodes, you should definitely go back and watch the really early episodes with the first-eigth Doctors, there are some great ones in there!

      I’m not helping your work productivity…..

      1. Teehee! Ahhh the joys of the mobile interwebs, commuting and lunch hours. Managed to get through Season 1, Ep 1 and 2 last night/this morning and watching Episode 3 (Hey!!! Eve Myles!!!) on my late lunch hour. 🙂 Yay! Just as exciting as binge watching Capt Jack – – which I can’t wait to see him later in these earlier episodes of DW. 🙂


  7. I’ve been looking for a new book, having finished my current book last night. This fits well enough for the universe to seemingly be saying, hey, what about that? arrives in the library tomorrow!

  8. Times New Romantic says:

    Funny, I just finished reading that book. It is a really good read, very absorbing, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s totally different from her novel “Room.” That said, it can be quite graphic in parts and I found the main character to be totally unsympathetic. But if you love historical novels and want to feel fortunate to be a woman in the 21st century, definitely give it a read!

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