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'It's all legit. It's an artistic celebration of the female body…'
"He's frothing at the mouth inside and he'll rip your hid off and nail it to a tree if you aren't straight with us, understand?"
Oooh, too easy. Gaspode talking to (ahem)hole, referring to Carrot. The Fifth Elephant.
edited to add: this is assuming it's meant to be “rip your hide off” … otherwise I'm not sure I want to know …
“He’d walk through the city on that first great day and the people would be silent when they saw their natural leader.”
Bonus points if you can remember what comes next.
No and no, and welcome SockMonkeyGirl! Always nice to see a new face. (So to speak. Type. Thing.)
Lord Hong, imagining walking through AM as the new patrician in Interesting Times?
He never imagined someone would say, "Ere, what a toff. Someone chuck 'alf a brick at 'im."
Or something like that.
'Yeah, but in fairy-tales, when someone dies... it's just a word.'
Woo hoo! My first in a while. Let's see...
"...had also heard that only one student in fifteen actually became an assassin. He wasn't entirely certain what happened to the other fourteen, but he was pretty sure that if you were a poor student in a school for assassins they did a bit more than throw the chalk at you, and that the school dinners had an extra dimension of uncertainty."
This makes me think of a parent, or some older person; not a prospective student.
I honestly don't think so, but the only parent that's jumping to mind is Mort's father, or maybe his uncle?
I was counting on the assassin reference to throw people off a bit, thinking of Teatime or Vetinari. But Pinkozcat got it on the first throw--how did you do that? It was King Teppicymon XXVII on the occasion of Teppic leaving for assassin school.
Sorry about the deletions. For some reason my message has been cut down in its prime and what the site chose to post doesn't make sense.
I'll try from my own computer when I get home.
I'm home now so here is my contribution:
"It was like rising slowly out of a pink cloud, or a magnificent dream which, try as you might, drains out of your mind as the daylight shuffles in, leaving a terrible sense of loss; nothing, you know instinctively, nothing you're going to experience for the rest of the day is going to be one half as good as that dream."
#22 "But Pinkozcat got it on the first throw--how did you do that?"
There is more about the training of assassins in Pyramids than in any of the other books. It was a lucky guess.
I thought that this one would be easy but no-one is even making an attempt at it. Here is a bit more ...
"It was like rising slowly out of a pink cloud, or a magnificent dream which, try as you might, drains out of your mind as the daylight shuffles in, leaving a terrible sense of loss; nothing, you know instinctively, nothing you're going to experience for the rest of the day is going to be one half as good as that dream.
He blinked. The images faded away. He was aware of an ache in his muscles, as if he'd recently been really exerting himself.
'What happened?' he mumbled.
He looked down.
'Wow,' he said. An expanse of barely-clad buttock occupied a view recently occupied by the camel's neck. It was an improvement."
Moving Pictures - I thought it might have been more Pyramids but then remembered the film set.
The god looked taken aback. 'Why? You can't ask why in this situation!'
It's from The Last Continent.
The God looked slightly panicky. 'Because Thou Must Go From This Place Lest I Visit Thee With Boils!'"
"The book had been used so hard you could have shuffled it, but what was probably once the front cover showed a rather poor woodcut of a muscular man."
If I'm not mistaken, that sounds like a description of Nijel the Destroyer's copy of Cohen's “How to be a Barbarian Hero” manual … Sourcery?
Thank you kindly, but I'll pass it on to Kittybee – guessing is so much more fun than setting.
Kittybee, your turn!
Ok here it is!
"Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying "End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH," the paint wouldn't even have time to dry."
Sorry guys, I had no computer access yesterday. Pinkozcat got it! It was Thief of Time.
Oh dear ... it was a wild guess. too.
"At our peril we forget the role of the organic in the total harmony. What arrives seemingly by chance in the pattern is part of a higher organisation that we can only dimly comprehend. This is a very important fact, and has a bearing on your case."
This sounds like Lu Tze... Night Watch perhaps, with the scene in the back yard aith the used sonkey.
"Well, they call it a library - it's just a lot of old books. Never had a catalogue near 'em , apparently."
'Ponder plunged on, because when you have dived off a cliff your only hope is to press for the abolition of gravity.'
Sorry for the delay, I think I'm 6-9 hours ahead of most of y'all.
Edited to check that I had put in the square brackets. I had; the touchstones are not working.
I won't be around much for the next couple of days so I'm handing over to Artur.
Go for it, Artur ...
"Sometimes, if you pay real close attention to the pebbles you find out about the ocean."
Just talk amongst yourselves for a while. I'll be back shortly.
That's not my quote!
OK, here we go!
'Volf Volfssonssonssonsson? Sounds a bit Hublandish to me.'
Claude Maximillian Overton Transpire Dibbler, a name bigger than the man himself.
Canon - Dibbler appears just about everywhere but I think that this is the only time we get to first, second, third and fourth name terms with "Throat".
Aha! See, some of those neurons ARE still firing.
"So let's just say that Ankh-Morpork is as full of life as an old cheese on a hot day, as loud as a curse in a cathedral, as bright as an oil slick, as colourful as a bruise and as full of activity, industry, bustle and sheer exuberant busyness as a dead dog on a termite mound."
AM is where Death takes his new apprentice because I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU he said BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY.
Hmm, the obvious answer would be an Igor moment, but I have a feeling it's one of the witches … Nanny, in Maskerade?
You want clues after one guess? It's not Maskerade. Further, deponent sayeth not.
I'm surprised that nobody went for Wyrd Sisters since that is basically the DW Macbeth.
But that was a herring of a reddish hue.
ArmyAngel has got it with The Fifth Elephant!
eta: Oops, can't use square brackets for stage directions in talk!
"It had supplied the plains with many of their greatest wizards and witches and, once again, the philosopher might have marveled that such a four-square people could give the world so many successful magical practitioners, being quite unaware that only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air."
Hmm, could be an earlyish Witch book, or a Wizard one … or both? Lords and Ladies?
:) I took a guess because I thought it was from one of the first Discworld books I read, and Carpe Jugulum was the second.
"People look but don't see. The trick is to help them see nothing."
That sounds like Granny fading into the foreground. Maskerade perhaps?
Ronincats, take it away, yep, Vetinari. I was already in love with Vetinari, but this book sealed our relationship. :)
This will probably be too easy, but I cannot resist.
"Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion: a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god's idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs."
Ah! Here goes:
"There is no exception to the rule that everyone thinks that there an exception to the rule."
Edited to check that I put in the touchstsones. Seems that they are not working yet again.
Wild guesses sometimes work ...
"Noon in Ankh-Morpork took some time, since twelve o'clock was established by consensus."
This is an established phenomenon prior to Thief of Time, but that'll be my guess anyway!
Ooh, that has an early feel to it. One of those books where we get our first look at the workings of the city … Guards! Guards!?
Ah - typo! Sorry ... not even Guards! Guards3.
I'll start again. It is not from Guards! Guards!
#150 LOL - yes - you were almost spot on. It comes when Lord Vetinari is in his garden, interviewing Dr Cruces about the theft of the gonne.
"The sergeant wrinkled his forehead. Sarcasm had not hitherto entered his life. His experience of people being annoyed with him generally involved shouting and occasional bits of wood."
This might be a tough one...
Good quote! I thought I knew who the sergeant in question must be, right up until the bits of wood were mentioned … sounds a bit Agatean Empire. Does Pwaites have it right?
Hmmmm - by a process of elimination we might get it in the end.
No, sorry. This sergeant might not be the one you are thinking about... ;)
Guessing again since I have just skimmed the book and didn't find the quote.
No - don't give the answer. One of us will snag it eventually. But maybe another hint?
Hint: This general was sent out to collect taxes from certain people.
Ah. Felmet. This is just before the famous “she gave me a bun” bit, isn't it? Wyrd Sisters.
Argh, performance anxiety!
Ok, probably too simple:
“Sausage inna buuunnnnn!”
Guards! Guards!? I think that's the first time we get introduced to a Dibbler. Maybe.
No, not that one. Although you're right about it occurring as part of a Dibbler encounter.
Got it in one. Rincewind encountering a more culinary danger on his return to Ankh Morpork.
Take it away, SockMonkeyGirl!
OK, here goes...
"A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read."
Sourcery When the librarian is about the break the library laws
Orangez got it! I thought it might be easy, but it's one of my favorite quotes.
"It was a full-length mirror. All assassins had a full-length mirror in their rooms, because it would be a terrible insult to anyone to kill them when you where badly dressed."
Have a crack at that! ;)
Just to interrupt for a moment. Sir Pterry (and Rob) is here in Australia for the Nullus Anxietas III Australian DW Convention! Woooo!
Neato, Jim! Are you going?
"No, no,no...it was the blond people with blue eyes and the redheads with green eyes who got the stories. If you had brown hair you were probably just a servant or a woodcutter or something."
Hmm … maybe we're in Tiffany territory then. I Shall Wear Midnight?
Orangez has it.
"Or a dairymaid. Well, that was not going to happen, even if she was good at cheese. She couldn't be the prince, and she'd never be a princess, and she didn't want to be a woodcutter, so she'd be the witch and KNOW things, just like Granny Aching--"
Your turn, Orangez!
"THEY DON'T NORMALLY LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ME.
'Yes, I expect so.'
EXCEPT IN SPECIAL AND RATHER UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES."
Ooh! Ooh! (No, not Ook!) Something about them hardly ever leaving out a glass of sherry? Hogfather?
Sorry about that! Strange days indeed.
Compared to the Mended Drum, the Bucket in Gleam Street was an oasis of frigid calm.
Or possibly earlier? The first time we encounter it as the official Watch bar? Jingo?
No! No! (I do that rather feeble joke every time that book comes up, don't I?)
By a process of elimination we will get there someday ...
Feet of Clay?
...and I could have sworn that it was Guards! Guards!. Ah, well ...
They didn't eat, drink, gamble, swear or smile. They worked.
An easy one for you all. :)
By process of elimination!
"...but several feet of edged weapon is quite threatening enough when wielded by an angry amateur."
Or is this when Sam (aka John Keel) confronts the young woman who will one day be his wife, and can't remember if she ever mentioned fencing lessons? Night Watch?
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