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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Well, Samnell, I guess it's just me and you

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.


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So quickly he had no time to be frightened, he had the tip at my neck.

Lady Katherine Talbot getting a lesson in swordsmansip from Master Venturus (who seem to be a close relative of Arya Stark's teacher), from The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner - READ IT!!

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Other objects are decorated with two or more designs, each complete and coherent in itself, which have been superimposed upon each other.

- Ralph Linton and Paul S. Wingert, Arts of the South Seas

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"NO, it's not just for girls."
-Tom Angleberger, Darth Paper Strikes Back


Some boring sentences from The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld:

"Both gone forever."
--Leviathan

Which I think is only a sentence fragment.

"Aiding the enemy in wartime."
--Behemoth

Which I think is also only a fragment.


"So she understood, but that didn't mean she liked it, and that didn't mean she liked the red-haired beanpole of a boy who answered her loud and impatient summons." -- Boneshaker, Cherie Priest

D.A., have you read anything else by Scott Westerfeld? I am listening to the Uglies books on audio, and I'm wondering how the Leviathan stories match up...


I haven't read any of The Uglies series, but, so far, the Leviathan trilogy kicks ass.

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D'Agosta's cigar had gone out, and he fumbled for another match.

- Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Reliquary

Eric and Julia invited me to their house, on a hill behind a gate guarded by two big pit bull mixes, which turned out to be a couple of marshmallows.

- Mark Frauenfelder, Made By Hand

Pigeons shared the air with jackdaws and hawks and sparrows and escaped parakeets.

- China Mieville, Perdido Street Station


"With a proper understanding of the concept of 'consent,' we can see that implementation of the business agenda over the objections of the general public is 'with the consent of the governed,' a form of 'consent without consent.'"

--Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order


"The hawk face turned towards the bard, Aldriss."

The Anubis Murders by Gary Gygax
(published by ROC)

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"The experiment is about to commence."

-- Stephen King, "The Langoliers", in Four Past Midnight

Grand Lodge

She laughed, amused and angry:
'Stop! I won't be imitated.'
- Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason, trans. Eric Sutton, Penguin

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Readerbreeder wrote:

"The experiment is about to commence."

-- Stephen King, "The Langoliers", in Four Past Midnight

"SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL? LADY!"


Starglim wrote:

She laughed, amused and angry:

'Stop! I won't be imitated.'
- Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason, trans. Eric Sutton, Penguin

I'm glad to see that, despite my unfortunate death, my legend lives on.


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Starglim wrote:

She laughed, amused and angry:

'Stop! I won't be imitated.'
- Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason, trans. Eric Sutton, Penguin

Is is just me, or is Sartre a lot funnier than all those moping kids in black clothes who read him when I was in high school/college made him out to be?


Well, I don't know those kids, but probably. I'm pretty funny.

Hee hee!


I'm all over the internet today!


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Readerbreeder wrote:

"The experiment is about to commence."

-- Stephen King, "The Langoliers", in Four Past Midnight

"SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL? LADY!"

Yeah, I'm finding the written story better than the movie version. Of course, there are places where Plan 9 from Outer Space was better than that movie...

Dark Archive

"some take up arms for glory, wealth or revenge"
i'll make you work out were that is from :P

Silver Crusade

"You'd protect mankind against the upheaval that you seem to feel advance guilt for causing"

The Masks of Time Robert Silverberg

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Readerbreeder wrote:
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Readerbreeder wrote:

"The experiment is about to commence."

-- Stephen King, "The Langoliers", in Four Past Midnight

"SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL? LADY!"
Yeah, I'm finding the written story better than the movie version. Of course, there are places where Plan 9 from Outer Space was better than that movie...

Balki FTW.


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Readerbreeder wrote:
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Readerbreeder wrote:

"The experiment is about to commence."

-- Stephen King, "The Langoliers", in Four Past Midnight

"SCARING THE LITTLE GIRL? LADY!"
Yeah, I'm finding the written story better than the movie version. Of course, there are places where Plan 9 from Outer Space was better than that movie...
Balki FTW.

True enough, Balki is awesome --

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NOW IS THE TIME WE DO THE DANCE OF JOY!

Anyway, enough of derailing the thread...


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

NOW IS THE TIME WE DO THE DANCE OF JOY!

Anyway, enough of derailing the thread...

When are you going to explain to me how to get over my Fear of Abandonment disorder??

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"With an angry roar the beast walked quickly in their direction, and at the sound of its voice a score of others followed its example."

--The Banths of Barsoom are no match for Thuvia, Maid of Mars in the novel of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs.


Jean-Paul Sartre, Intrnet Troll wrote:
I'm all over the internet today!

I've been moved. :(


"Mr. Cowen was given to threats and rages; Mrs. Cowen to recriminations and tears."

--Joyce Johnson, Minor Characters about Allen Ginsberg's girlfriend's family. Nice Jewish girls shouldn't hang out with Beat poets.


"'Dr. Barlow reckons the czar doesn't know about this machine,' Dylan said."

--On their way to rescue Nikolai Tesla from Tunguska in Scott Westerfeld's Goliath. Dr. Barlow is Darwin's granddaughter, btw.

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"We tear down whole streets and cities and put new ones up at a mind-numbing rate."

Alvin Toffler, Future Shock.


"More's the pity."

George RR Martin, A Games of Thrones


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houstonderek wrote:

"We tear down whole streets and cities and put new ones up at a mind-numbing rate."

Alvin Toffler, Future Shock.

Added musical interlude.


"More exposes."

--Which, again, isn't a sentence, and is quite the disappointment from a book entitled Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Rick Bowers


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"In Korea, the Chinese Communists deployed almost a quarter of a million men to battle positions south of the Yalu River before the United Nations became aware that its widely dispersed elements were even seriously threatened."
--The Art of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Samuel B. Griffith, from the introductory chapter "Sun Tzu and Mao Tse-Tung". (1963)

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Haladir wrote:

"In Korea, the Chinese Communists deployed almost a quarter of a million men to battle positions south of the Yalu River before the United Nations became aware that its widely dispersed elements were even seriously threatened."

--The Art of War by Sun Tzu, translated by Samuel B. Griffith, from the introductory chapter "Sun Tzu and Mao Tse-Tung". (1963)

That may be the funniest sentence I've ever read.

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"I never felt better in my life."
--Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut

With all the fabulous run-on sentences in this book, of COURSE I get to share a completely mundane and short one. :P

"One piece of advice - do as he says!"
--The Wormwood Mutiny by Richard Pett


Courtney! wrote:

With all the fabulous run-on sentences in this book, of COURSE I get to share a completely mundane and short one. :P

Yes, that happens a lot.

Silver Crusade

"What do you mean by that?" said the Caterpillar, sternly.
--Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


See, now that's cool, but here's what I got:

"I will go first--the follow me closely."

Blah right?

But the sentence before that one?

"'It was woven from the tresses of dead women, which I took from their tombs at midnight, and steeped in the deadly wine of the upas tree, to give it strength.'"

--Robert E. Howard, "The Tower of the Elephant" from the eponymous volume edited by De Camp and Carter


The book I justed finished reading (again, for the zillionth time) was my own. And so I give you:

"Covered in breathtaking bas relief showing the deeds of angels and
phoenixes, this columned temple is a masterpiece of classic
architecture, perfect in its proportion."
--Gary McBride, "Way of the Wicked Book Three: Tears of the Blessed"

Gary McBride
Fire Mountain Games


"Our time-reversed counterparts exist in a situation where their world-arrow points in the opposite direction to the causal-arrow."

--Barry Dainton, Time and Space (second edition).


"Her voice was more musical than a silver-stringed harp, but edged with cruelty."
--Atali, that hussy, in "The Frost-Giant's Daughter" as published in Conan of Cimmeria.

"The Cimmerian cried out suddenly and they wheeled."
--Another wasted sentence from "The God in the Bowl" as published in The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian.

REH


"Local 574 was chartered around 1915 as a 'general' local."
--Farrell Dobbs, Teamster Rebellion. Watch out Minneapolis employers, we're coming for you!

"On the other hand, colonial Whig leaders found during the 1760s and 1770s that crowds , once raised, sometimes got out of hand."
--You better believe it! Eric Foner, Tom Paine and Revolutionary America.


The water was starting to boil. - Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind.


All of page 55 is a diagram, but here's the single line of text underneath it: "Figure 2.4. Simplified schematic of Oparin's 1936 chemical evolutionary scenario showing the main steps from simple chemicals to a more complex living cell" - Stephen C. Meyer, Signature in the Cell

Shadow Lodge

"Those other ones, having left their supplies in the great circular place, must have planned to return after their scouting trip toward or into the abyss; yet we had now discarded all caution concerning them as completely as if they had never existed." - H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness


"There's the dit-dah wire, and even a jing-jang."
-Stephen King, The Wind Through the Keyhole


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Republican Senator Robert Taft said that the (military) draft was "far more typical of totalitarian nations than of democratic nations."

Ron Paul, The Revolution: A Manifesto


Once again, lameness. The first four sentences on page 55 are some pretty badass proto-D&D rogue looking for traps shiznit, but the fifth sentence is:

"A short, narrow corridor was disclosed."

Sigh.

--REH, "Black Colossus" in Conan the Freebooter

Silver Crusade

"I looked over my shoulder."

-John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

What a lame quote.

Silver Crusade

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Once again, lameness. The first four sentences on page 55 are some pretty badass proto-D&D rogue looking for traps shiznit, but the fifth sentence is:

"A short, narrow corridor was disclosed."

Sigh.

--REH, "Black Colossus" in Conan the Freebooter

Not only does that sentence lack color, it demonstrates painfully bad writing. Passive voice has its place, but in this example, it specifically avoids agency, and worse yet it is far more awkward and cumbersome than an active sentence would have been.

"Beyond the doorway stretched a short, narrow corridor."

"A short, narrow corridor lay ahead."

Or better yet,

"Shrouded in thick shadow, a short, narrow corridor invited Frodo into it's cold, murky embrace."

*waits for the REH fans to send their death threats*

Yes, I know he probably never intended that single sentence to be dissected. That's the way the 'sentence 5' game works, though...

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