The Vine: November 24, 2010
A very happy (American) Thanksgiving to the Nation, and the safest of travels. Got a gift- or holiday-related question you need help with? Ask The Readers is here for you, so send those emails to bunting at tomatonation dot com. And now, your holiday-eve queries!
I need some assistance from you, and the Nation, in finding a comic that I saw a long time ago.
It was a single-pane comic and it featured an elevator. The title was called something like "Elevators at Motown" and the up switch said "Get on up" and the down switch said "Get down." I thought for a long time that I might have been imagining this entirely, but when I tried MetaFilter, the Cartoon Bank of the New Yorker, the Far Side Gallery Search, and Google, I came up with one other person who is also looking for the same comic, also with zero luck.
Can anyone help? Many thanks,
I've got a couple of books that I'd like to ask your readers about, though unfortunately I don't have a huge amount of details about either of them.
The first one is a YA book I read and really enjoyed when I was about ten or eleven, and I remember very little about it, except that the heroine was at a summer camp that she wasn't happy about being made to attend, and that before the camp she had had an incident with a hairdresser in which she'd indicated with her fingers the small amount of hair that she wanted to have cut off, but the hairdresser had interpreted it as the amount she wanted left on, so she ended up with a buzz cut.
My husband would love to find out the name of a science-fiction trilogy that he read when he was about the same age. He doesn't think they were YA books as they had a lot of very adult themes.
It was the story of a guy who was some kind of space policeman whose entire planet (well, its population) was destroyed by gas, and he just barely escaped because he was just leaving in his spaceship at the time. However, the gas got him a little bit, and made him very sick because it was getting into his bones. And then someone found him and did some kind of wacky (possibly mystical) surgery that basically made his bones unbreakable and him more or less immortal.
Later, he got into some kind of fight with some people who were torturing him with some kind of device that attacked the whole nervous system, and eventually they tried to kill him, but because of his special bones, he managed to survive and fake being dead till he could escape. Then he came back and killed them, and went after the people who destroyed his planet.
This all happened in the first book, but there were actually two more that my husband can't remember much about.
Does anyone know what these books are?
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