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Book Quote Game

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence below. Include the title of book and author.

"Furthermore, this number will continue to shrink because of advances in communication and despite an increasing population." - A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper by John Allen Paulos

I'm at work so the first book at-hand is a bit dry. Post yours!

ETA touchstone

Nov 21, 2008, 10:37am

"My boss say to me: 'You go.' "
Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather

Nov 21, 2008, 11:10am

She ripped a layer of blue scales down to the nail then dropped it to the floor.

Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey

Nov 21, 2008, 11:27am

Book nearest to hand? Right NOW? P 56, sentence 5:

But the creatures he referenced were lost to the world, and such knowledge a quest of futility.

Title: Initiate's Trial, next volume forthcoming in the Wars of Light and Shadow, yours truly.

Nov 21, 2008, 11:30am

America's ecosystem was shaped by both Native Americans and European settlers.

America: A Narrative History by George Brown Tindall

Sorry, but Jane Eyre was too far away to reach!

Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 11:34am

2. The Chief Justice and the Member Chair shall nominate for the Board's approval the chairs and members of the committees.

*from Washington Court Rules 2009-State

Nov 21, 2008, 11:58am

"Alban cast one desperate look down at Margrit, then disappeared from her side."

Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy

Of course the books closest to me are ones I haven't even started in yet. *bemused*

Nov 21, 2008, 1:04pm

"Exact organization schemes divide information into well-defined and mutually exclusive sections."

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville

Nov 21, 2008, 1:24pm

" Ecosystems are composed of biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) components."
Urban Wildlife Management by Adams, Lindsey, and Ash. Like missylc, at work eating lunch at the GD so the first-at-hand is somewhat dry.

Nov 21, 2008, 2:14pm

It makes sense, therefore, that the rules governing women's behavior emphasize cooperation, listening, care-taking, and relationship-maintaining activities (e.g., sharing, empathizing, remembering what is important to someone), which differ completely from the rules governing men's social behavior.

Gender Issues and AD/HD edited by Patricia O. Quinn and Kathleen G. Nadeau

Nov 21, 2008, 2:33pm

"Her head ached." The Gates of Trevalyan by Jacquelyn Cook

"Mack felt like he was moving in slow motion inside the eye of a hurricane of activity happening all around him." The Shack by William P. Young

"Quite obviously we needed several base camps, and that called for a variety of ground transportation." The Hidden Heart of Baja by Earle Stanley Gardener

"Meanwhile you will of course take the obvious precaution of seeing that this new development induces him to spend more than he can afford and to neglect his work and his mother." The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

"She didn't stop to tell me good-bye." The Cereal Murders, by Diane Mott Davidson

Sorry, these were all in a stack by my elbow waiting to be entered into LT!

Nov 21, 2008, 2:59pm

Rewards would be forthcoming if they did, and retribution in the form of burning a shrine was not unknown when prayers for victory were not answered.

Warriors of Medieval Japan, by Stephen Turnbull.

Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 3:24pm

Ohhh I had first seen this meme ages ago in LiveJournal, cool!


The fifth sentence?

It's the title of a poem, by Manuel Orestes Nieto: Una mano de mujer.

The book? La calle del espanto, by Richard Brooks.

Both are Panamanian authors.

P.S.: I think I should create an author page for the two. No touchstones because there are several Richard Brooks here, but none is the one from Panama. Actually, this is one of his pseudonyms. His real name is Ricardo Ríos, which translates literally as, well, Richard Rivers. :D Ain't that funny?

Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 3:37pm

"For the first time the boy looked interested."

Favorite Folktales from around the World by Jane Yolen

Nov 21, 2008, 4:28pm

"In that case, please call me Brie."

Hero's Song, which I haven't read, so I have no idea what is going on. Someone is named after cheese.

Nov 21, 2008, 5:42pm

"Such systems have a high initial cost, but in a large shopping center they can be cost-effective." - ARE 4.0 Programming, Planning & Practice 2009 Study Guide by Paul Speiregen and Lester Wertheimer (Can't get the touchstone for the work to go, erg.)

Need to fix the binding on that one before I can put it back on the shelf. One of the architects ripped it.

Nov 21, 2008, 6:18pm

Heh, I think it's kinda cool seeing everyone's random work books lying near them! Of course, I'm probably saying that because I'm about to bombard you with SCIENCE!

"When haemodynamic impairment is present, ventricular tachycardia becomes a medical emergency and warrants urgent DC cardioversion."

Making sense of the ECG by Andrew R Houghton. By which they mean, if their heart ain't pumpin the blood, shock 'em. See, I understand the funny medical words a bit now! (It's all very confusing for a physicist...)

Nov 21, 2008, 7:11pm

"He could reseal it, place it back on Roger's desk; pretend to fly off to Chicago and back while Roger was away."

Thieves: A Novel of Katherine Mansfield by Janice Kulyk Keefer.

Nov 21, 2008, 8:49pm

"There was something strange happening to her, something completely unexpected, something tremendously exciting."

Into the Wilderness by Sarah Dunant

Nov 21, 2008, 8:51pm

"Late letters show that Roman nobles had taken up the task of their own copy work, a sure sign that the once steady supply of educated slaves had dwindled." -Library: An unquiet history, by Matthew Battles

Nov 21, 2008, 8:58pm

Foxen -- I have that book on my TBR pile, but that's not what's nearest to hand here at home.

"Did Claire come for Bay?"

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

LizT, you're right--it is neat to see what everyone has at work!

Nov 21, 2008, 9:13pm

Missylc- I just finished it. It's pretty good; not very systematic, but certainly entertaining.

The other nearby book is not nearly so fun! "When the molecular weight is given, it is generally easier to find the molecular formula first." - MCAT Physical Sciences Review Notes, by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, since my boyfriend is teaching an MCAT class right now.

Nov 21, 2008, 9:15pm

"Fortunately, a new strategy has emerged that can provide much more rapid returns."

What are you Optimistic About? by John Brockman

Nov 21, 2008, 10:01pm

"Regardless of direction, ridged branches are all separated from one another by multiples of 60 degrees." Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes by Ken Libbrecht.

Nov 21, 2008, 10:09pm

"It was not just that he was damaged, but that he was changed beyond recognition, had been 'dispossessed' in his father's words, by a sort of simulacrum, or changeling, which had Greg's voice and manner and humor and intelligence but not his 'spirit' or 'realness' or 'depth' - a changeling whose wisecracking and levity formed a shocking counterpoint to the fearful gravity of what had happened."
- An Anthropologist On Mars by Oliver Sacks

Now THAT is a long sentence. Good book, though.

Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 11:37pm

'One of the strongest things that Henry VIII did was about the Monasteries."

1066 and all that : a memorable history of England : comprising all the parts you can remember including 103 good things, 5 bad things and 2 genuine dates by W.C. Sellar

The title's longer than the sentence!

Nov 22, 2008, 12:35am

"Relieve yourself of fear, my lady of Cythera, the fate of your children stands unchanged, I swear." The Aeneid by Virgil

Nov 22, 2008, 8:54am

"'The only reason I can imagine is that they're trying to intimidate the locals.'"

The Devil's Eye by Jack McDevitt

Nov 22, 2008, 3:09pm

"Everything looked exactly as it should in such conditions: house, trees, bushes, the old garden wall, the garage..." - A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence

Even at work it would have been this, simply because my current job does not really involve books in any way, shape, or form, so the closest book would be whatever I brought with me in my backpack.

I actually have a bunch of books within easy reach at the moment, so I just grabbed the top one off the closest stack.

Nov 22, 2008, 4:44pm

"Is that you, Peggoty, dear?"

From David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Nov 22, 2008, 4:52pm

"New agenda items include progress on the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) rerouting, another increase in funds for technical intelligence, and the colour scheme for the Politburo's new ZIL limousines" - from "Win a Day with Mikhail Gorbachev!", one of the stories in my short story collection Transported.

Transported is not always closest to hand, but was in this case because I've just finished filling in a survey from the publishers about how happy I was with its production quality, publicity etc. (I'm happy!)

Nov 22, 2008, 5:14pm

the book nearest (by about an inch) is Fablehaven, but I'm not on p.56 yet and don't want to learn anything exciting ahead of time, soooo...

Ack, and the next closest book doesn't have a fifth sentence on p.56, so here's the last one: "I just don't see any need or benefit of pointing out to my mother that the sky is blue," from First Person Queer: Who we are (so far)

Edited: Nov 22, 2008, 7:14pm

The tale had it that Meander, some years back, had been trapped in a glacial cave during a days-long blizzard
The Woad To Wuin, by Peter David.

(edited for wonky html)

Nov 23, 2008, 1:34am

Ah! There is no page 56! It's blank! Do I turn to 55? 57?? Oh noes!

Nov 23, 2008, 4:11am

#4 Janny Wurts - Is is a GD exclusive sneak peek ;)

My answer:

When he'd been a lot younger, there had been a certain excitement in seeing the sigils glowing with magick as they hung in the air before him; there was even a kind of aesthetic pleasure in creating them, for like ornamental writing they were pretty in an austere, yet baroque fashion.
The outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

Does any1 else thing that sentence in either overly wordy or just badly punctuated???

Nov 23, 2008, 9:22am

very long + bad punctuation

Nov 23, 2008, 11:20am

"Then keep your fancy's to yourself, that kind of talk is dangerous"

Orcs by Stan Nicholls

Nov 23, 2008, 11:24am

As for French, the public nursery and primary schools in our town are so well run my husband and I trusted them to teach the girls everything they needed to know.

Sorbonne Confidential by Laurel Zuckerman, Library Thing Early Reviewer copy

Nov 25, 2008, 4:31am

Pg 56 is a full page picture! s skipped to pg 57...

'Turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes, then transfere to a plate and keep warm.'Mushrooms, more than 70 inspiring recipes by Jacque Malouf

Nov 25, 2008, 6:29am

p. 56 is full of tables. It's the proceedings of the Cultivated Plant Taxonomy conference.

Nov 25, 2008, 8:07am

"'Why', as my great predecessor in the Chair of Philology at Cambridge was used to ask, 'why are all they clever people left wing?'"

Paperweight by Stephen Fry

Nov 25, 2008, 9:44am

"B. The disturbance in Criterion A significantly interfers with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require the composition of written texts (e.g., writing grammaticallly correct sentences and organized paragraphs)."

DSM-IV-TR, criterion B for Disorder of Written Expression... page 56 is not nearly as interesting as other random sentences. Work is not the best place for this.

Edited: Nov 25, 2008, 7:40pm

Every a**hole in the world is using the other a**holes for cover.

Years best SF 12, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.

It is a story by Cory Doctorow called "When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth" and is the answer to what is the "Popovich Hypothesis" ?

The corner was sticking out of my to be entered stack closest to my foot.

I read a little more. It is part of an online chat.

Nov 25, 2008, 9:24pm

And then George and the man climbed into the car and at last, away they went to the ZOO!

H. A. Rey and the Collected Curious George. I'm not sure of the exact title because the cover and several pages have gone missing over the years. My children's books are all over the floor.

Nov 25, 2008, 11:09pm

#35 Seanie - sure is.

After hours book quote:
Julie E. Czerneda from
Riders of the Storm

She headed for the riverbank; the others began to follow.

Nov 26, 2008, 12:47am

She still had fifteen minutes before she had to leave for work, and this was her favorite time of morning.

Strawberry Shortcake Murder BY Joanne Fluke

Nov 26, 2008, 12:52am

"By 1316 Pope John XXII had reinstated them, if for no other reason than that they had continued for two hundred years despite the interdict." Connections by James Burke

Nov 26, 2008, 8:05am

It took me a few seconds to realize something was wrong.

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton

Awww... I got so excited when I realized it was a "naughty" section, then I got such a boring sentence. Waaaa!

Nov 27, 2008, 7:50am

"Marcelina's whites went round in the washing machine on Wets Thursday."

Brasyl, by Ian McDonald.

Nov 27, 2008, 8:01am

"Nor would he have been sentenced to death."

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Nov 27, 2008, 10:35am

#48 Morphidae - maverick proposal: we alter the rules. Take the most piquant sentence on page 56 - or, better, up the stakes for another game. The Most Piquant Sentence Yet, referenced to the nearest book to hand?

The book quote, coffee spray on the keyboard contest....winner gets a spree ride on a roomba!

Nov 27, 2008, 6:04pm

"At least I won't have to come up with a contemp name for you."
from Connie Willis - To Say Nothing About The Dog. (curse the touchstones)

Nov 27, 2008, 6:09pm

"But he persevered for months, at such times as he was able to come to the cabin, until at last by repeated experimenting he found a position in which to hold the pencil that best permitted him to guide and control it, so that at last he could roughly reproduce any of the little bugs."

- Lord Greystoke teaches himself to write in Tarzan of the Apes by the one and only Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Nov 27, 2008, 7:14pm

Out of curiosity, what do you do when your book has less than 56 pages?

Just in case anyone stumbles on the thread with shorter picture books at hand...

Currently, my closest book reads

"botterik Schafs-, Dummkopf m; plumper Kerl m"

though. Yup. The closest book to my bedside is a dictionary. Dutch-German to be precise. I suppose the closest English equivalent would be "a rude person".

Come to think of it, I think I managed to miss cataloguing this too... Eep!

Nov 27, 2008, 9:00pm

New methods of fortification were revealed to the Egyptians in the course of the great Asiatic wars undertaken by the Pharaohs of the Eighteenth Dynasty.

Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt by Gaston Maspero

Nov 28, 2008, 12:24pm

"A very feeble gin and tonic, please, with lime."

Oh, you wanted a book quote.

No, sorry, that is the quote from The Gladstone Bag by Charlotte McLeod

(It wouldn't be my choice of drink, anyway. I'm a tequila nut.)

Nov 28, 2008, 1:00pm

"Jake Moak, Sim's brother, could see the outline of a person crouched behind the tumbling spray, and continued to pour shot through the water until he saw the figure collapse into the basin of the falls."
from "Ishi in Two Worlds" by Theodora Kroeber, in Violence in War and Peace.

should have picked a happier book, but this was closest due to the joys of grad. school paper writing.

Nov 30, 2008, 4:30pm

Spoken by Lady Catherine:

"You will give Captain Laurence quite a disgust of our society."

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik.

Just finished this one, and very impatiently waiting the library hold copy of the next book to become available.

Nov 30, 2008, 4:40pm

"His most famous representation in antiquity was the colossal statue in gold and ivory, created by the artist and sculptor Pheidias for the god's great temple at Olympia."

In reference to Zeus from The Penguin Book of Classical Myths by Jenny March

Nov 30, 2008, 6:44pm

"These things occurred in the eighty-ninth year of the Hegira."
- Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions

Edited: Dec 1, 2008, 3:22am

She was a wife to each of them.

The Message Eugene Peterson

Edited: Dec 1, 2008, 3:15am

The beasts were crashing through the ferns followed by a party of Corriian soldiers, heavily armed; making no effort to keep silent.

"Arion - Book Two in the Chronicles of the Corriian wars" as yet not published Author: Me

Edited: Dec 1, 2008, 12:36pm

"This night, though, because of information passed through a pair of petite, dark-haired lovers, Dondom's adversaries knew exactly what spells he had remaining in his daily repertoire, and had already put in place a plethora of countermeasures." The Pirate King, by R.A. Salvatore.

Yup, my Christmas present for one of my little brothers was lying closest... not that I don't like Salvatore, I just think that Drizzt is to much of a goody-two-shoes... ;p

Dec 1, 2008, 2:30pm

Well if I have to follow the rules in the first message then the result will be this:

Kissarsuut ammaannartoq kukunniaraluarpaa, kissilli puukui pujoortitsiinnarput eqiterlutillu suujunnaarlutik

Harry Potter - ujarallu inuunartoq by J.K. Rowling

I am at work right now and the closest book was the Greenlandic translation of Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone.

Dec 1, 2008, 5:55pm

64 - You just made me drool all over the keyboard. That's fantastic.

Post-Office and Telegrams (Tapalai-k-kurittu)

or, not counting the heading

Where is the telegraph (or post-) office? Min tapal cavadi enge-y-irukkiradu?

The closest book I have at the moment by pure chance is Tamil Self-Taught and Grammar by Don M. de Silva Wickremasinghe.

Dec 1, 2008, 7:48pm

'Ben was sure they would not be going on a picnic in such weather.'

The last of the Really Great Whangdoodles - which I need to reread.

Dec 1, 2008, 8:01pm

But, as autumn turned to winter in 1944, their scheme for getting the POWs home had to be put on hold.

The Last Escape - The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45 by John Nichol and Tony Rennell

Dec 2, 2008, 8:23am

On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Dec 2, 2008, 10:11am

you must be imtmortal Zane said after a moment of fevered thought

from Piers Anthony's "On A Pale Horse"

Dec 2, 2008, 12:02pm

Top with the remaining bread slices, pressing down gently to bind the filling to the bread.
Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini: sandwiches, Italian style by Viana La Place.

It's a good cookbook, I've made several of the sandwiches as appetizers and drink snacks and light meals. The recipe above is Insalata Russa & Shrimp Tramezzini.

Dec 2, 2008, 7:29pm

It wasn't nearly as easy to dance with Charlie.

Breaking Dawn By Stephanie Meyer

I'm still reading Twilight so I guess this is spoilage :P oh well.

Dec 4, 2008, 11:53am

"She withdrew a silver coin from her purse but hesitated a second before laying it on the table."

To Kiss a Spy by Jane Feather

I'd hesitate, too.

Dec 4, 2008, 11:59am

"Yet still before him his shadow lay amid the shadows of leaves."

Little, Big by John Crowley

Dec 4, 2008, 12:05pm

I'm at work, so it won't be pretty:

"(d) Radiation-hardened microelectronic circuits that meet or exceed all five of the following characteristics:"

I won't list the characteristics. You're welcome.

From "International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)". I tried to touchstone it, but can you believe it couldn't find it? Shocking, I know.

Dec 4, 2008, 7:00pm

The gaze of the violet eyes haunted her.
Dragon and Phoenix, Joanne Bertin.

Dec 4, 2008, 7:54pm

"You are not arrogant."

Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott

"If the debtor is a health care business that provides long-term care, then the United States trustee may appoint the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman appointed under the Older Americans Act of 1965 for the State in which the case is pending to serve as the ombudsman required by paragraph (1)."

United States Bankruptcy Code & Rules Booklet, 2008 Edition

Dec 4, 2008, 9:43pm

"Vivat Marianne!"

The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

Dec 4, 2008, 11:03pm

I saw JPB's thread first, since I'm waaaaay behind on threads! Anway, the same book is till right in front of me, so again:

Sanct was focused on his staff, but realized they were waiting for an answer.

That's from our pal Danny "Buchleser" Birt's Ending an Ending.

Dec 4, 2008, 11:26pm

I also saw JPB's thread first.

"Oppressive heat and clouds of mosquitoes and sticky black flies did not diminish the gaiety of the fiesta."

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind by Diana Preston

Dec 4, 2008, 11:36pm

Susan walks with them, not really paying attention.

- I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay, Harlan Ellison

Dec 4, 2008, 11:36pm

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Dec 5, 2008, 1:09am

"9. But do not capitalize these derivations if they are used as integral elements of compound words having their own distinct meanings:

chinese red (i.e., a specific shade of red)
moroccan leather (i.e., a specific kind of leather)"

The American Heritage Dictionary Second College Edition

If I was just two feet over to the left the choices would have been so different.

Dec 5, 2008, 1:28am

I left the castle, never to return.

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr

Dec 5, 2008, 6:28am


Mine has a blank page. It's Dreamsongs by George R.R. Martin, for the curious. I suppose technically I could go over the whole shelf beside me.

"Mavrocordato himself hastened to that strategic point against the army of Reshid." Byron the last journey (Although that one's counting half of the sentence starting on page 55.)

"Paula had discovered books destined for the monestary near Sibui: a most precious cargo." ~ Wildwood Dancing (That book suddenly looks a lot less scary than it did.)

"By the crystal teardrop lamp she'd brought from Ireland,
humming, then stopping, then humming." ~ Omeros

I'm sure one of those must be closest. They were the ones that were easiest to reach after all...

Dec 5, 2008, 8:27am

"But if you put the planets very close to the star there is a tidal pull that the star exerts on the planet so that the planet always keeps the same face to the star, and therefore, it is said, the near side will be too hot and the far side will be too cold and it's inconsistent with life."

The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan

Dec 5, 2008, 9:42am

~blank page~

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Now what? Heh.

Dec 5, 2008, 1:15pm

"You can also layer slices of flounder with slices of lemon, beginning and ending with a slice of lemon."

From the chapter Decorative Garnishes in the book At the Japanese Table by Lesley Downer.

For the record I've never cut any Japanese style garnishes. But I've made use of the book :-)

Edited: Dec 5, 2008, 8:00pm

"There are several ways to examine the relationship between mood disorders, or affective illness, and artistic creativity."

Touched with Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison.

"And your shadowy pastures will be able to offer
These particular glowing tributes
Every evening now throughout the summer."

The Complete Poems 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop.

Dec 5, 2008, 7:39pm

Uh-oh, competing threads, huh? Well, the rules are a little different at least. You can post the books you're ashamed to admit you're reading on JPB's thread since you're not supposed to post the title there :o)

Dec 5, 2008, 8:10pm

"People like Edward Jones belonged to the ranks of the lesser gentry and the yeomanry, a few, like Pennant, to the major gentry; they were all self-aware, standing a little apart from the common herd, and they realized that the Welsh past must be hunted out, must be found and preserved, and recreated for the Welsh people under new circumstances, taking account of the culture of printed books, of sober moralism, of improved transport and communications. of the desire for clubs and societies to take the place of the old comprehensive neighbourhood."

Invention of Tradition Hobsbawm & Ranger (eds)
That particular epic sentence courtesy of Prys Morgan

Dec 6, 2008, 8:24am

I wonder if we - I mean Jonathan and I - shall ever see them together.

Dracula by Stoker

Edited: Dec 6, 2008, 9:58am

oh, I see, tricky rules. You can do this more than once. I love it.

"Changing the ISO speed and using the built-in flash."

Canon EOS Rebel XSi Instruction Manual

Dec 6, 2008, 10:13am

"Mr. Weasley took Harry's glasses, gave them a tap of his wand, and returned them, good as new."
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling

Dec 6, 2008, 10:24am

Whether or not they are in any way relatives of their French namesake is the question asked by some experts about all American wines of legitimate or illegitimate lineage.

Joy of Cooking

Dec 6, 2008, 2:35pm

"Oneness Pentecostals hold that Jesus is the revelation of God the Father, and that the Spirit proceeds from the Father (Jesus)"
New Religions: A Guide from an entry entitled "Oneness Pentecostalism" by Allan Anderson

>90 LittleKnife: - I have found that book Invention of Tradition to be super useful.

Dec 6, 2008, 6:21pm

"For example, the stone itself may be part of an ancient Minoan civilization--perhaps a remnant of one of the exquisite frescoed royal palaces, where early forms of plumbing and air-conditioning were de rigueur.

Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf

Dec 8, 2008, 8:02am

"Rated R for violence and profanity"

From DVD and Video Guide 2007; part of a review for the movie At Close Range (it got 5 stars, in case you're wondering).

Dec 8, 2008, 8:51am

"Not a breath blowing," said Jem.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Dec 8, 2008, 11:00am

"For one thing, he's the one who got us into this mess," Brightwater muttered.

Allegiance by Timothy Zahn

Edited: Dec 8, 2008, 11:05am

"Only one wing remains completely dark."

A Great And Terrible Beauty
BY: Libba Bray


Dec 8, 2008, 5:35pm

Is this a mere 'accident' or lexical idiosyncrasy, or a generalization about German?

Phonology by Roger Lass

Dec 8, 2008, 5:39pm

"The last photograph, in other words, of the old (the young) William Rackham."
- The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber

"There was a delivery of fava beans."
- Heat: An Amateur's Adventures As Kitchen Slave by Bill Buford

Dec 12, 2008, 2:20am

"This is all a dreadful nightmare-I'll wake up in a minute and she'll be gone..."
Dhiammara by Maggie Furey.

Dec 13, 2008, 6:27pm

"The theatre!"

Alternatively, if you count sentences started on the previous page, it's
"Oh, look!"said Maia.
- Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Dec 13, 2008, 7:34pm

"I don't see you that much anymore," said David, "that's all. I miss having you around."

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Dec 14, 2008, 4:39am

I know that they keep the old faith as best they can, and they want a priest in the pulpit and the Mass said in the old ways.

The nearest book at the moment is my housemate's current reading - The Other Queen, by Philippa Gregory.

Dec 14, 2008, 9:06am

Jean put the basket on the washing machine.

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

Dec 14, 2008, 12:19pm

"Come on!"
Starwater Strains by Gene Wolfe

Dec 14, 2008, 4:38pm

Danglard shrugged with a broad sweep of his arms.
Have Mercy on Us All by Fred Vargas

Dec 30, 2008, 5:57pm

"Some day we're going to nail Herr Wennerstrom so hard Wall Street is going to jump out of its socks."

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Dec 30, 2008, 6:04pm

Instead of joining Berne, the United States negotiated with individual countries to arrive at bilateral treaties affecting copyright.

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd Edition

Dec 31, 2008, 9:34pm

Quietly, he said, "Whoever bought me would not allow this.'

The Reliquary Ring by Cherith Baldry

Dec 31, 2008, 9:38pm

scorching ground as often. DRAGONS BREATH by E.D BAKER

Dec 31, 2008, 9:41pm

"We went all over this with that other detective."

The Stargazey by Martha Grimes

Jan 1, 2009, 1:28am

hobbitprincess! I haven't seen you in awhile! *waves*

Jan 2, 2009, 10:04pm

Here, as in so many other things, Burton could not resist the temptation to stand apart.

Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice

Jan 2, 2009, 10:15pm

At least Tyrosian had thought on her feet and reacted properly when Lommand had broke into the conference.

The Lost Fleet: Courageous
Jack Campbell

Jan 2, 2009, 10:17pm

My son's entry is:

". . . He never even screeches."

Trigger & Friends

James H Scmitz.

Jan 3, 2009, 12:12am

Hey, MrsLee! It's good to be back!

I want to play again . . .

"She answered the door in a white dress." Football Genius by Tim Green (a good YA book, btw)

Jan 3, 2009, 5:45am

"I have no taste for antiquity - at least I should not choose a house to reside in because it is old."

Victorian Ghost Stories

Jan 3, 2009, 2:18pm

He doesna seem a bad sort, Maggie thought as she maneuvered the rest of the way across the stream.

Midwife of the Blue Ridge

Jan 5, 2009, 1:13pm

I just got Midwife of the Blue Ridge for Christmas. I am so looking forward to it!

Jan 5, 2009, 4:02pm

"I took my finger off the disconnect"
Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis

Jan 11, 2009, 10:53am

"Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place." - Genesis 28.11

Jan 11, 2009, 1:34pm

The book I'm currently reading (Vinegar Hill) is blank on page 56.

Jan 11, 2009, 4:53pm

Watchmen is closest to me right now, but it would take too much math for my brain to figure out which page is 56.

Jan 12, 2009, 5:33pm

"Reluctantly, as always, she followed his gaze to the ring on her own hand and saw the baelrath vividly aflame."
The Darkest Road GG Kay

Jan 12, 2009, 7:00pm

Indian summer, which had lingered through the first weeks of October, has come to an abrupt end.

The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

Jan 12, 2009, 7:13pm

"It was always you and Micum, coming and going mysteriously, and whispers behind closed doors."
Shadows Return by Lynn Flewelling (Nightrunners, bk 4)

Jan 12, 2009, 8:30pm

"Everywhere we looked - the supermarket, street corners - soldiers stood stiff-backed, machine guns at their sides."
-Catfish: My Life in Baseball by Jim "Catfish" Hunter

Wow, talk about a non sequitir! That line is from a book on baseball, LOL! Catfish is describing playing Winter Ball in 1965 Venezuela during election time.

Jan 19, 2009, 9:26am

Bioassay guided fractionation of an acetone extract of bark of T. sericea led to the isolation of 4 pure compounds ...

the abstracts book for the conference I'm at.

Jan 19, 2009, 9:29am

She refused to wear jeans, refused even to believe Will when he told her that most girls did.

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Jan 19, 2009, 11:15am

But it was wartime and we couldn't very well say no.
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Jan 19, 2009, 12:46pm

"På alla håll i landet övergick lokala kraft-,gas-,och vattenverk i förvaltningsbolagets ägo och ledning."
Den stora börskraschen The Great Crash 1929 by Kenneth Gailbraith

Jan 20, 2009, 1:40pm

A wild lake, bound all around with black rocks and tall pines, was lovely in its loneliness.

Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz

I havent' started reading it yet but i've been carrying it with me for the past three days waiting for a chance to start!

Jan 20, 2009, 2:59pm

I want to play again!

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake


Jan 20, 2009, 5:06pm

"The Undines didn't trouble themselves with individual names; at least, they never gave her their names."

The Gates of Sleep Lackey

Jan 20, 2009, 7:11pm

The stiff tail feathers are used for support, like a woodpecker.

An Instant Guide to Birds by Mike Lambert

Jan 20, 2009, 7:50pm

But the wine in her system made her incautious; she fumbled with the chain and was in the act of opening the door when doubt entered her head.

Imajica by Clive Barker.

Jan 20, 2009, 10:24pm

I finally have two books by my computer so I can play:

"How can he 'remember' to tell you anything?"

Behind the Crimson Blind by Carter Dickson

"Vin paused."

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Turns out neither sentence is earth-shattering. I like the sentences from #135 & 136.

Jan 21, 2009, 2:13am

"People are kept encouraged and reassured and directed." When Worlds Collide by Philip Wylie.

Jan 21, 2009, 8:37am

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Khmer Rouge troops pushed into Phnom Penh today, barely hours after the United States ran down the Stars and Stripes and abandoned Cambodia to the Communists.

The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (passage illustrates a dateline)

Jan 22, 2009, 9:34pm

"I've been where you are," Flint said.

Gone South by Robert McCammon

Jan 23, 2009, 12:46pm

"Evidently he decided that asking questions would not have accomplished anything beyond causing suspicion."

-Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel

Jan 23, 2009, 4:04pm

My housemate's book is the one closest to me: The Courtesan's Revenge

"'There was a very elegant-looking woman residing in my neighbourhood,' Harriet wrote."

Jan 23, 2009, 9:54pm

"There's something ecstatic about you."

Anna Karenina

Feb 14, 2009, 2:03am

"It is years beyond counting since all the lands were changed, since the most ancient sea was lost and sank beneath the mountains."

The Marrow of the World

Feb 14, 2009, 3:04am

"It hit Moon, finally, as he stood waiting for the elevator."

Finding Moon by Tony Hillerman

"It's going wrong!"

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

Feb 14, 2009, 10:55am

"'Say no more, friend Sancho,' returned Don Quixote; 'I intend to teach thee much greater secrets, and design thee nobler rewards; but, in the mean time, dress my ear, for it pains me more than I could wish.'" - Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

"In all probability most of the physical organs of a close urban settlement had taken form before the new cultural complex that the city embodied and transmitted had matured." - The City in History by Lewis Mumford

"By now a couple of years had passed since I'd found the skull, and I'd been carrying it from home to home and state to state, trying to find some way to describe what it meant." - American Buffalo by Steven Rinella

"All things cohere & unite." - Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"'Nishan, no,' his wife objects." - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

"He nearly followed it clacking down." - The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker

yes. i have quite a pile going at the moment :)

Feb 14, 2009, 11:34am

She felt like she ought to apologize to Gram. Dicey's Song

Feb 14, 2009, 4:20pm

"No doubt the good general has already given you his security speech, so I won't bore you by repeating it."
Joseph Kanon's Los Alamos

"Or if he's walking across the Piazza San Marco and Succumbs to a fatal stroke--that's a public goodbye."
William Goldman's The Silent Gondoliers

"The teacher expected that the students would be occupied for quite some time, but Gauss raised his hand immediately and gave the answer."
Morris Kline's Mathematics and the Physical World

Feb 15, 2009, 11:17am

One of Tessera's ladies-in-waiting, perhaps, those poised and smiling creatures who could drop an eyelid and unsettle a kingdom.

From Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip

Feb 16, 2009, 5:47pm

You've got the author's name wrong on this. It's Sara Donati.

Feb 16, 2009, 11:40pm

"Whatever do you mean?"
Sax Rohmer's The Day the World Ended

Nov 4, 2009, 2:16pm

"Ya, know, Sahara, as a matter of fact - " Tech music suddenly pulsated through his house

From Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston

Actually its an e-book and it's the only one on/near my desk!!!

Nov 4, 2009, 4:16pm

"I am the last dragon and he will not sleep easy while I live."

game of thrones George RR Martin

(Ebook edition so pages are very iffy)

Nov 4, 2009, 6:25pm

And I dashed back to the car, feeling that my heart was much lighter than it had been before.

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

Thanks for reviving this thread! :o)

Nov 5, 2009, 11:32am

Good to see this thread going again!

My quote is from The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike:
Because it isn't true that if you have daughters you will never die.

Nov 20, 2009, 2:34pm

"Sometimes the repeated items are not exactly the same objects, but objects so closely related that their connection is very clear."

The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams

Nov 20, 2009, 3:49pm

"She looked at him with faint surprise, then away again."

Stories that Scared Even Me by Alfred Hitchcock, which is at the closest end of my "to be read" shelf.

Nov 20, 2009, 4:28pm


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

(not the greatest quote, I realize, but that's the nearest book at hand!)