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Hi-jacking 'a silly book game' from Book Talk - pt 5

This is a continuation of the topic Hi-jacking 'a silly book game' from Book Talk - pt 4.

Playing games and solving puzzles

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Jun 29, 2019, 4:39am Top

How to play:

1. Grab the book you're currently reading.
2. Find a quote which answers the question in the post above yours.
3. Tell us what book you're quoting (include author's name).
4. Find another quote from the same book (a question this time) for the next poster to answer.

Previously, from LynnB:

"Wendell, do you believe in magic?"

Current entry:

"Is that supposed to pique my curiosity?"

The Soldier's Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

"Anything odd in the house?"

Jun 29, 2019, 3:47pm Top

"We'll just have to wait and see, boss."

Wired Courage by Toby Neal

"What did Hamilton tell you?'"

Edited: Jun 30, 2019, 4:23am Top

"He's apparently quite mad..."

Mélusine by Sarah Monette

"Can I hire you?"

Jun 30, 2019, 2:38pm Top

"I'm here to help you."

Full Disclosure by Beverley McLachlin

"So, what precisely do you need, Miss Truitt?"

Jul 1, 2019, 7:48pm Top

"What was the reporter's name?"

Cliff Hanger; a Martha's Vineyard Mystery
by Philip Craig

"Good God! . . . You really are all right?"

Edited: Jul 3, 2019, 4:00am Top

"One of my best visits, that was"

The Night Watchmen by Helen Cresswell

"Why does anyone have green eyes?"

Jul 5, 2019, 8:10pm Top

So I ask, "How you know da goddess?"

Murder at Volcano House by Chip Hughes

"On whose orders?"

Jul 15, 2019, 1:24pm Top

"Oh, the doctors."

Personal Injuries by Scott Turow

"What do they know?"

Jul 15, 2019, 10:40pm Top

"They work, see, and they've got wives and families, and watch football, and television and that, and they know very well there's no such things!"

The Winter of the Birds by Helen Cresswell

"And when've you ever known my imagination run away with me?"

Jul 16, 2019, 5:59pm Top

Sure! . . . I'm with you!!

The Brawler by Neil Connelly

"How can you 'sort of pray'?"

Aug 2, 2019, 4:34pm Top

"Well, that was a bit of a farce, wasn’t it?"

The Widow by Fiona Barton

"Any tall, dark strangers this week, Mum?"

Aug 2, 2019, 7:34pm Top

"None of your business!"

X by Sue Grafton

He was born (in Burning Oaks)?"

Aug 6, 2019, 6:08pm Top

"Certainly a poor place according to English ideas."

The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister by Anne Lister

"What has she thought of my kissing her when she was here on Thursday?"

Aug 7, 2019, 1:35pm Top

'Chrissy thought her heart might stop.'

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

'Were you at home and if so, did you see or hear anything out of the ordinary?'

Edited: Aug 7, 2019, 2:07pm Top

"My errand was...to desire the leech-woman to come this evening at 6 & bring a dozen leeches."

The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister by Anne Lister

"Ah, can you ever love anyone else?"

Aug 8, 2019, 2:41am Top

'It’s the best idea for getting easy cash every month that I’ve thought of, bar lottery winning, which cannot be factored in to financial planning.'

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

'Why didn’t you answer? Isn’t that rude?'

Edited: Aug 8, 2019, 4:33am Top

"I was near-sighted. I had passed my own father, who fancied it done on purpose."

The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister by Anne Lister

"Get her up regularly every morning at 9...where life & health are so at stake, ought it not to be done?"

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00am Top

'Right, of course. I’m such a mess I can hardly think straight.'

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

‘What kind of drunk are you?’

Aug 8, 2019, 9:14am Top

"I find myself thinking of the Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport..."

Collected Poems 1951-1975 by Charles Causley

"Why have you brought me
Children's toys?"

Aug 9, 2019, 12:38am Top

‘I thought I was helping!’

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

'Foxes are nice, though, aren’t they?'

Edited: Aug 19, 2019, 6:02am Top

"...Tasted like heaven."

The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway

"Did you lose your leg in the war?"

Aug 17, 2019, 7:06pm Top

'I don’t know where it has gone.'

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

‘What was he sorry for?’

Aug 19, 2019, 6:01am Top

"Having a well-developed 'internal mannequin.' "

Life Drawing in 15 minutes by Jake Spicer

"Your drawing...does anything need changing?"

Aug 20, 2019, 6:24am Top

'it was pure ugly. Grey and dark, its loneliness spilled out of every crevice.'

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

‘what do you need to get this thing off your sister-in-law?’

Aug 27, 2019, 3:39am Top

"His ice-axe."

Family Sayings by Natalia Ginzburg

-I always go home when it is time for religious instruction.
-And why?

Aug 27, 2019, 7:10pm Top

‘Jesus, Merry! I don’t know!’

Snap by Belinda Bauer

-This is the house where we’re going to catch Goldilocks.

Aug 28, 2019, 9:53am Top

"You're going to need a towel, 4 very fine 1" long nails, a light hammer and a little bit of luck."

Dorgan Rushton's Collages by Dorgan Rushton

"How about a collage of a fish?"

Aug 30, 2019, 1:49am Top

‘I can’t do that!’

The Whisper Man by Alex North

- You’re the only one he’ll ever talk to.
- Yes.
- Why do you think that is?

Sep 13, 2019, 8:53am Top

"I studied Classics and history throughout my time at school."

The Map of Knowledge by Violet Moller

"If you could look down on the Mediterranean world in the year 500, what would you see?"

Oct 20, 2019, 10:01am Top

"...the taste for twilight that led to the closing of doors...the extinction of candles..."

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

"Who could agree with such goings on?"

Oct 21, 2019, 3:40am Top

"Miss Woodley cried with fervour 'Heaven forbid!' "

A Simple Story by Elizabeth Inchbald

"Can I go to the ladies?"

Oct 21, 2019, 5:49pm Top


The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

"What d'yer mean by letting a man make a fool of himself like that for?"

Oct 22, 2019, 6:50am Top

"I don't pay much attention to hairstyles."

Quantico by Greg Bear

"Shall we concentrate?"

Oct 22, 2019, 2:27pm Top

"I never thought of that."

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

"And you troubled no more about the hunchback?"

Oct 27, 2019, 12:43pm Top

"I thought we agreed to keep politics out of this little holiday."

Five on Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent

"Wanna hotdog love?"

Oct 28, 2019, 2:44am Top

"Huh? I came to buy some bean buns..."

Natsume's Book of Friends, vol. 14 by Yuki Midorikawa

"An urn started chasing you?"

Oct 28, 2019, 2:28pm Top

"At eighty, you find these sorts of things rather trivial."

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil by Lesley Choyce

"Do you suppose it's the Alzheimer's catching up with me?"

Oct 30, 2019, 9:14am Top

"....He hooted and flew round and round the shop."

Little Hoo Tries to Help by Joyce Francis

"How ever did an owl get into that pram?"

Oct 30, 2019, 12:43pm Top

"It was the Viagara."

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil by Lesley Choyce

"You and Lauchie are talking again?

Edited: Oct 30, 2019, 12:54pm Top

"I am hungry you see and I need a nice bed!"

Little Hoo Tries to Help by Joyce Francis

"You have seen all the dogs I have. You are very hard to please, aren't you?"


Nov 6, 2019, 12:56pm Top

"You have no idea."

The Fireman by Joe Hill

"What were you doing with a sandbag?"

Nov 28, 2019, 8:30am Top

"...Popular in private and in informal public situations, as a form of casual 'undress' (as it was then called.)

White Mughals by William Dalrymple

"Why don't you send me on pilgrimage to Gpd's holy house at Mecca?"

Dec 1, 2019, 12:30pm Top

"Because everything would be stiff, and cold, and uncomfortable."

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

"Are we going to have a new iron fleet built? That's the question."

Dec 1, 2019, 1:40pm Top

"Incur, on my account, any expense that may be requisite to secure (them) not only from damp but even from the sea air which would be apt to tarnish the silver trimmings."

White Mughals by William Dalrymple

"What is become of the chicknee, suparu and cardamoms I ordered for the Begum?"

Dec 10, 2019, 7:14pm Top

“They all came to bad ends, and messy ones.”

‘The Adder’, in More Shapes Than One: A Book of Stories by Fred Chappell.

“Do you still crave lasagne?”

Dec 11, 2019, 3:33pm Top

"Not for ever so long"

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

"Where do you suppose that Mr. Burke's speeches were made?"

Dec 11, 2019, 4:02pm Top

"town council's new chambers on the second floor of the West Ward Market Building, Upper Town."

Chaudiere Falls by David Mulholland

"When do you want to meet?"

Dec 12, 2019, 7:32pm Top

"Give me ten minutes to-morrow between breakfast and church"

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

"What is he going to say to me?"

Dec 13, 2019, 7:26am Top

"Where's the nearest all-night chemist?"

Serbo-Croatian for Travellers by Berlitz

"What are the facilities?"

Dec 13, 2019, 3:25pm Top

"The men are still working on them."

Chaudiere Falls by David Mulholland

"Are you and Catherine ready for Christmas?"

Dec 13, 2019, 8:10pm Top

"Oh dear, no. We are late, I tell you."

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

"What makes you unhappy, Lucy?"

Dec 14, 2019, 2:30pm Top

"The same food is served at every breakfast..."

Chaudiere Falls by David Mulholland

"Why did you come here?"

Dec 20, 2019, 12:18am Top

'to take her to one of those experimental places that offer sausage-flavoured ice cream or deep-fried hedgehog.'

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

'Surely she hasn’t come all this way to have a pub meal surrounded by braying Londoners?'

Dec 20, 2019, 1:10am Top

"I don't believe she'd care if she had nothing but a crust to eat."

The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

"How could we make her welcome?"

Dec 20, 2019, 4:38am Top

‘I’ve made chocolate brownies.’

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

‘Have you found any more skeletons?’

Edited: Dec 26, 2019, 1:48am Top

"Stop muttering creepy things!"

Loveless vol. 9 by Yun Kouga

"What do you think happens when your heart breaks?"

Dec 26, 2019, 7:45am Top

"Clinical insanity"

The Essential Nietzsche by Paul Strathern

"What was wrong with him?"

Dec 27, 2019, 4:03am Top

'The sensation was like a balloon, pricked of air, collapsing in on itself into a sad little pile of coloured rubber'

The Death of Mrs Westaway . By Ruth Ware

'What’s your tattoo?’

Jan 26, 7:37pm Top

"A pipe."

The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles

“What do you think of the scheme?”

Jan 28, 12:15pm Top

'I think the consensus in Derry will be that the local brigade of the IRA is in your debt.'

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

'Who fancies a trip to Derry?'

Feb 6, 4:37pm Top

"I'd rather not."

The Only Story by Julien Barnes

"Do you need some money?"

Feb 17, 5:14pm Top

"I might have known it would come to that."

Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler

"Is it morning yet?"

Feb 18, 11:25am Top

"That owlish observation caused cackling laughter."

The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux

"Do you want to be a priest?"

Feb 18, 11:47am Top

"Well, not on purpose, no...."

Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler

"Want a nose ring?"

Feb 22, 4:40pm Top

'Aye. Look, it’s not a bad thing.'

Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty

'What do you do for Mr Forsythe exactly?'

Feb 23, 10:36am Top

"Measure one of the large earth-worms...he was eleven inches and three-quarter."

The Congo & the Cameroons by Mary Kingsley

"Now in the world is anyone going to take a bath in a house with no doors?"

Edited: Feb 23, 10:56am Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

Edited: Feb 23, 11:13am Top

"I have a washerman, a very nice person, and he scrubs behind, whilst I scrub in front."

Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection 1825 - 1859 edited by Frederick Burkhardt

"Are castrated deer larger than ordinary bucks?"

Feb 25, 12:11am Top

"You'll have to work that out for yourself."

Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall

- "It is a portrait of the most beautiful woman in Venice, painted by a great master."
- "And you have it ... why?"

Feb 25, 2:19pm Top

'Uncle G traded it for a couple of horses'

Falling Glass by Adrian Mckinty

'And what do the Chinese like to do more than anything?'

Edited: Feb 26, 3:31pm Top

"Gracious me, how direct ... I've been moving primarily in academic circles these past thirty years, where circumlocution is an art form."

Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall

"My collection houses items of real power."
"What kind of real power?"

Feb 27, 5:41am Top

"Punishments which humiliate the offender, embitter him and contribute to his moral degradation."

A Journey to the End of the Russian Empire by Anton Chekhov

"Are the radishes ripe yet?"

Feb 28, 5:55am Top

"Sure, you ain't done nothing wrong."

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

"What you want me to read that for?"

Feb 28, 7:53am Top

"Baudelaire was my hero."

Motherland by Paul Theroux

"Can you describe the key tactical decision of Pickett's Charge that determined the Battle of Gettysburg?"

Edited: Feb 28, 7:21pm Top

Hide in the brush and wait for George

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Then if you know, why you want to ast us where Curley is at?

Feb 28, 1:55pm Top

'... Asked out of politeness.'

Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty

'So I hear you’re going to be the first Irishman in space?'

Edited: Feb 28, 2:24pm Top

It can be very unpleasant and is often asssociated with nausea and vomiting"

Complete Family Health Guide

"Have you had an injury in the genital area within the past 48 hours?"

Feb 28, 6:10pm Top

"...this is minor. A sideshow fracture."

Soar, Adam, Soar by Rick Prashaw

"The meds?"

Feb 28, 8:43pm Top

"Cornflakes- as an energy-depleting anti-mastubatory tool."

Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal by Terence Kealey

"What happened to breakfast after the fall of the Roman Empire?"

Feb 28, 10:06pm Top

"I thought it was some sort of morning ritual you have here."

Silver Diamond 2 by Shiho Sugiura

"This is a dictionary. Do you know how to use it?"

Feb 29, 1:09am Top

'Aye. But I’m missing the point. What is it that you’re not telling me?'

Falling Glass by Adrian Mckinty

'Why am I not front page news now?'

Feb 29, 3:13am Top

"You're precious, so we need to protect you."

Silver Diamond 2 by Shiho Sugiura

"Why are there so few good-looking people in this world?"

Feb 29, 1:10pm Top

"There was considerable intermarriage...many who had remarkably similar facial features and expression."

Aylesbury by WR Mead

"What is a friarage?"

Feb 29, 10:48pm Top

"...the cemetery of criminals, guarded by the ringing bells."

Silver Diamond vol. 9 by Shiho Sugiura

"Can I do some gardening over there?"

Mar 3, 5:29am Top

'I don’t know where you get the energy from'

Hidden River by Adrian Mckinty

'And where DO you bury a Jewish atheist-humanist in Belfast?'

Mar 3, 11:23pm Top

"I definitely don't want to die anymore."

Silver Diamond vol. 18 by Sugiura Shiho

"Do you think that just because you're a god, you're allowed to do whatever you want?"

Mar 5, 12:38pm Top

"Damned right, and there will be an inquiry starting today."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"Why is the officer screaming like a maniac?"

Mar 5, 1:39pm Top

"Sleep deprivation leads to stress."

The Clever Guts Diet by Michael Mosley

"Sleep quality...what can we do about it?"

Mar 5, 3:12pm Top

"They swarmed to the bar, demanding cognac..."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"They're killing the chickens now?"

Edited: Mar 5, 10:06pm Top

"If you stand on your toes, I reckon you should be able to see them."

A Book of Bones by John Connolly

"When was this new wall put up?"

Mar 6, 6:19am Top

"Once I had seen and filmed the young tapeworms in my gut."

The Clever Guts Diet by Michael Mopsley

"Were you spooked by the idea of having a parasite inside you?"

Mar 6, 10:56am Top

"Her scream was shrill and shocking..."

The Dark Half by Stephen King

"Are we talking about in utero cannibalism here?"

Mar 6, 11:50pm Top

"You'll understand when you meet him."

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale

"You wouldn't happen to know of a discreet physician, would you?"

Mar 7, 10:59am Top

"You just tell Dr. Schuamburg you can't discuss my case without the authorization, and I'll think of something."

Repo Madness: A Novel by W. Bruce Cameron

"Hey, so, after you've been to the Shantytown festival, are you coming to the Bear?"

Mar 7, 12:52pm Top

"I have to memorize a psalm"

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

-I like it that women like my work.
-Do men like your work?

Mar 7, 2:05pm Top

"I'm a virgin."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"Are all the bullets supposed to miss me?"

Mar 7, 6:20pm Top

"Don't push your luck!"

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale

“They wouldn’t fight a war over this incident, would they?”

Mar 7, 9:38pm Top

"Whatever happens, it's a political opportunity for us..."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"Suppose I walked out there naked with her handkerchief?"

Mar 8, 3:54am Top

“That sounds reasonable. Let us all three get a little sun and fresh air then.”

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale

“Have my botanicals arrived already?"

Mar 8, 6:58am Top

"Nobody wants to admit they're really fertility symbols"

The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

-This girl...just stopped washing.
-So, what happened then?

Mar 8, 12:21pm Top

"The flies were horrendous here."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"...I know that, but what is all this about omelettes?"

Edited: Mar 9, 6:48am Top

"Egg...is duck"

Master of Restless Shadows by Ginn Hale

"...what do I possess that could possibly benefit either of you?”

Mar 9, 12:55pm Top

"All the straight dope on hermaphrodites."

The Hope by Herman Wouk

"...when and how did you learn how to do the highland fling?"

Mar 10, 11:53am Top

"Right by the Ferry Bar."

Repo Madness: A Novel by W. Bruce Cameron

"You got those tickets with you?"

Mar 16, 3:58pm Top

"In large wads"

The Secret World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Masson

"Cows...what do you see when you look at them?"

Mar 17, 11:18am Top

"This is the crucial implication of drunkenness as myopia"

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

"Well, how on earth can we decide what 'really drunk' means?"

Mar 18, 1:38am Top

"We tend to go on benders where we can't remember what we did."

The Bitterroots: A Novel by C. J. Box

"So again, why did you come back?"

Mar 21, 2:46pm Top

'...to see to the chickens.'

The children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

'He was out—how? Parole?'

Mar 22, 11:22am Top

"Sometimes, they're not guilty."

The Bitterroots: A Novel by C. J. Box

"Is the sheriff hostile to all women or just me?"

Mar 22, 12:43pm Top

'He is. I gather he was as gifted as the rest of the family, but chose a career in law enforcement, instead. Presumably, to allow him a safe vantage point from which to pursue his less-wholesome activities.'

The children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

'It's not a scroll, and it’s damn sure not a genealogy, so what is it?'

Mar 22, 1:40pm Top

"I'm working on a comic-book project,..."

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

"What did you tell the boy by the road?"

Mar 23, 2:40pm Top

"I seen a rider on the captain's house up in the country from here"

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

"You dont know me, do ye?"

Mar 24, 2:02am Top

'I know that you know that I know what creeps deep inside of you.'

The children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

'You sick?'

Mar 24, 8:59am Top

"I feel too good, talk all you want; I feel fine!"

The Cat's Pajamas: Stories by Ray Bradbury

"What was I supposed to notice?"

Mar 24, 10:16am Top

"The night sky was brighter than it had been."

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

"You want to scrape drunks off the sidewalk for a living?"

Mar 25, 8:24am Top

"Nothing you haven't done to a dozen others over the years."

The Cat's Pajamas: Stories by Ray Bradbury

"Will you help me?"

Mar 26, 7:32am Top

'You brought this on yourself, Wah, and for your father’s sake I hope you put an end to it before it grows worse.'

The children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

'What did it smell like?'

Mar 26, 10:11am Top

"Banana pudding, mostly."

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

"Does your wife understand your project?"

Mar 26, 12:40pm Top

"... looking for another bride."

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

"Does anyone have a cigarette?"

Mar 27, 5:42pm Top

"It can actually cause harm."

It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me by Ariel Leve

"Why can't you be more like your clone?"

Mar 27, 7:39pm Top

"I'm not very submissive."

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

"Wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that all along, it was the scarf?"

Mar 28, 10:32am Top

"Don't ask where she got it."

It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me by Ariel Leve

"Does it smell weird?"

Mar 28, 6:54pm Top

“Wow… It smells like… like… My grandmother’s farm.”

The children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

'You didn’t give this to the Constabulary?'

Apr 1, 12:04pm Top

"They'd be useless."

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

"Are you a cop?"

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