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"More's the pity."

-- George R.R. Martin, A Game Of Thrones

"In sum, the federal government did not maintain a uniform policy concerning slavery in the territories, but instead practiced a kind of partition by which the Ohio River became a boundary between free territory to the north and slave territory to the south."

David M. Potter, The Impending Crisis: America before the Civil War

"You have the right to remain silent." Night Dogs by Kent Anderson.

"He patted the pocket where I knew he kept his pistol."

Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot

"But", interrupted the minister, "we can sign and complete the transaction at six o'clock tomorrow morning"

Alexandre Dumas, The Man in the Iron Mask

So, in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz's character asserted that Dumas was of African descent. Is that true? Anyone?

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Born and raised in poverty, as his father died when he was four, Dumas faced discrimination because of his ethnic African ancestry, although he was three-quarters French. Through his father, who was born in Saint-Domingue, he was the grandson of a French nobleman and a black slave. His mother was French. As a young man, Dumas' aristocratic rank helped him acquire work with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.

Yeah, I know, it's Wikipedia, but it's true anyway. ;)

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
So, in Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz's character asserted that Dumas was of African descent. Is that true? Anyone?

You'd probably like his dad better, though - they guy was a general in the Revolutionary armies (not bloody likely that'd have been possible pre-1789).

Vive le Galt! and thank you Citoyens Kajehase and Joana.

Back to your regularly scheduled 5th line of page 55:

"If Engels were writing for German professors, then he would perhaps--who knows?--be so generous as to go into the matter more closely than is necessary for thinking workers."

--Franz Mehring, On Historical Materialism

"Supposedly generous 'gifts' of cloth were made by the Inca to vanquished peoples from the huge supplies kept in state warehouses, but these were, in effect, 'the initial pump-priming step in a dependent relationship, since the 'generosity' of the conqueror obligates one to reciprocate, to deliver on a regular, periodic basis, the results of one's workmanship to the Cuzco warehouses.'"

--Eleanor Burke Leacock, quoting John Murra's "Cloth and Its Function in the Inca State" in her introduction to Friedrich Engels's The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

"The bottom line is this: If there is an act of Congress that Maurice cannot handle in one flush, I have no personal knowledge of it."

Dave Barry, Dave Barry is Not Taking This Sitting Down

"The dancers move off the field for a rest."

Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (illustrated by Joe Sacco) at a Lakota Sun Dance.

Unfortunately, I already gave back Planning for the Planet: How Socialism Can Save the Environment by Pete Dickenson, so I am afraid no 5th sentence from page 55 for it.

"For all of twenty minutes they walked through curved corridors and up and down the spiral stairs until even Smith's keen senses were confused and he could not have said at what height above the ground he was, or in what direction the corridor led into which they at last emerged."

C.L. Moore, Northwest of Earth

Can I just say, I love the Planet Stories line, and I hope Paizo is one day able to start it up again.

Yes. I received The Hounds of Skaith and The Sword of Rhiannon as Xmas gifts and I looked around on Paizo and realized that the line had been discontinued. :(

Even though I already owned a copy of The Hounds of Skaith. Stupid Santa.


"Abdul led us among such wonders as we had before only read and dreamed of."

H.P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics Edition)

That's from "Under the Pyramids," one of his worse stories. Good thing it wasn't the fourth sentence; that one is half a paragraph long.

"Thousands of Japanese soldiers patrolled the streets."

--J.G. Ballard, Empire of the Sun

Which is kind of a boring sentence, so, Movie Trailer!

"'We can make it our business!' Hool Haji growled."

-- Michael Moorcock, Masters of the Pit

"'Look, friend, it's all very well to pretend ignorance but that's carrying it to far!'"

Boghaz to Matthew Carse, in Leigh Brackett's The Sword of Rhiannon

Hmm, I wonder if the Paizo edition has a better 5th sentence on page 55 for The Hounds of Skaith...

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"'I'll follow in a moment.'"

--Jafr, kidnapped scion of the Hooded Men, planning death by deceit and guile verses Eric John Stark, the Dark Man of prophecy, in Leigh Brackett's The Hounds of Skaith.

"Then, abruptly, the wind dropped."


DA, are we working off of the same reading list? The Sword of Rhiannon and The Hounds of Skaith are the next two books I plan to read!

"It is easy to forget, given the comparatively gentle rule of Spain north of Mexico (at any rate, after the Pueblo revolt), what the conquest of the Aztecs and the Incas had involved"

A History of the USA by Hugh Brogan

Readerbreeder wrote:
DA, are we working off of the same reading list? The Sword of Rhiannon and The Hounds of Skaith are the next two books I plan to read!

Well, that's awesome, but I hope you read The Ginger Star before The Hounds of Skaith. Otherwise, it won't make much sense.

The romantic story says that on Stalin's orders five 1939 BMW R71 sidecar outfits were purchased in Sweden then smuggled into Russia, where they were reverse engineered to create the first Ural M-72 that Red Army forces debuted in 1942.

-Latest issue of Motorcyclist.

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I hope you read The Ginger Star before The Hounds of Skaith. Otherwise, it won't make much sense.

Indeed... Have no fear, I tackled The Ginger Star a short time ago. Any ideas why the first book of the trilogy doesn't have "Skaith" in it?

In its title, you mean? I have no idea. Maybe she didn't like the way The Ginger Star of Skaith sounded.

"As the 'last hired, first fired,' these workers caught the brunt of the mass layoffs in auto which reduced labor/black Detroit, once known as the Motor City, to a dying urban wasteland."

--No author listed, Karl Marx Was Right: Capitalist Anarchy and the Immiseration of the Working Class

"William Dean Howells later wrote of the lasting impact of the Civil War on James Garfield, a Union general and later US president: "at the sight of these dead men whom others had killed, something went out of him, the habit of a lifetime, that never came back again: the sense of the sacredness of life and the impossibility of destroying it."

This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

"She had been insane to imagine that he had met up with his ex-wife or estranged wife or whatever she was."

Quentins by Maeve Binchy

"Stark could not have known what sort of man Penkawr-Che was, and in any case the Antarean had been the only hope available."

The Reavers of Skaith by Leigh Brackett

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

"Cethlin stood beside it."

--Leigh Brackett, The Reavers of Skaith

I bet if I had read Paizo's editions of the Skaith books, I would have had much cooler sentences.

And I was right.

"These forces were to rendezvous with the Aquilonians at the ford of Bubastes on the Styx, between the green meadows of Shem and the tawny sands of Stygia."

--L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, Conan of Aquilonia

Liberty's Edge

"I ask the specialists for understanding, gentle assistance in correcting mistakes, and willingness to engage in a constructive dialogue."

- Kurt A Raaflaub, Early Greek Thought in Its Mediterranean Context, published in A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought, edited by Ryan K. Balot

"''Tis like wine to me thirsty guts to be at sea again with a good deck under me heels and a crew of rascally cutthroats ready at call to fill the nine seas with blood?'"

--Sigurd the Vanir makes a welcome reappearance in de Camp and Carter's Conan of the Isles.

"His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision--that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation--that leaden, self-balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement."

--Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" as printed in The Raven and Other Writings.

"'The Soviets, they abolish capitalism, but even they need managers.'"

Pillowtalk in Charles Stross's Accelerando.

"The round cakes tasted exactly like what they resembled -- cassavah bread."

A. Merritt, The Ship of Ishtar

"But even if he doesn't, we'll keep him from doing anything sutpid, and we'll have that much longer to help him with his magic."

Nightglass by Liane Merciel

"Then I see the watchtowers, placed evenly apart, manned with armed guards, so out of place among the fields of wildflowers around them."

--Smash Panem through Workers Revolution!!, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins;

"Victor Hugo was asked by Lamartine to accept the portfolio of education, but Hugo was not certain that he wished to become a republican and declined."

--Smash Louis Phillippe through Workers Revolution!!, The Revolutions of 1848: A Social History by Priscilla Robertson.

"The key word in understanding the South's behavior throughout the four critical decades before the Civil War is threat." Fateful Lightning, A New History of the Civil War & Reconstruction by Allen C. Guelzo

"What brings you here?"

Hugh Cook, The Walrus and The Warwolf

Boy, for such a good book, that is an awfully boring sentence...

Scarab Sages

In my whole life I never saw such a disgraceful huddle of momma's spoiled little darlings in- you, there! Suck up the gut! Eyes front!I'm talking to you!
-Sergeant Zim Starship troopers

"But if in the most backward state of human society now known to us we find magic thus conspicuously present and religion conspicuously absent, may we not reasonably conjecture that the civilised races of the world have also at some period of their history passed through the same intellectual phase, that they attempted to force the great powers of nature to do their pleasure before they thought of courting their favour by offerings and prayer - in short that, just as on the material side of human culture there has everywhere been an Age of Stone, so on the intellectual side there has everywhere been an Age of Magic?"

The Golden Bough, by Sir James Frazer.

Phew. Those were the days when men were men and sentences were sentences alright...

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Needs a semi-colon.

"Disgraced, unsexed April Ashley is our sister and our symbol."

--Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

"One must bear in mind that this letter refers to the party programme which Marx crticised in his letter dated only a few weeks later than the above (Marx's letter is dated May 5, 1875), and that Engels was living at the time with Marx in London."

--V.I. Lenin, The State and Revolution

"'Or so inimitable grace?'"

--Edgar Allan Poe, "The Man That Was Used Up," in The Gold Bug and Other Tales of Mystery

"Meanwhile, a plethora of organizations sprang up--Viktor Anpilov's RKRP, Alexei Prigarin's Soyuz Kommunistov, Anatoly Kryuchkov's RPK, Nina Andreyeva's VKPB, Roy Medvedev and A. Denisov's [Wesley from Angel?!?] SPT and numerous others--all claiming the threadbare mantle or, more to the point, the vast properties of the CPSU."

--Stalinism--Gravedigger of the Revolution: How the Soviet Workers State Was Strangled: For Socialist Revolution to Sweey Away Yeltsin Counterrevolution!

"It at once excluded the representatives of the proletariat, Louis Blanc and Albert, from the Executive Commission appointed by it; it threw out the proposal of a special Labor Ministry, and received with stormy applause the statement of the Minister Trelat: 'The question is merely one of bringing labor back to its old conditions.'"

--Karl Marx, Class Struggles in France, 1848-1850

"She likes District 13 well enough, even though she thinks the cooks are somewhat lacking in imagination."

--Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Vive le Katniss!

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Hail Katniss!

Two things I found while looking up what that was:

Particularly enjoyed The Lady Eve vid

Viva Vivienne! Free Bradley Manning!

He had not said much to Clocker on the trip,he knew that his reticence had frustrated the Velocitronians, who like most of his fellow speedsters talked more or less nonstop.

Alex Irvine; Transformers: Exiles.

"Unable to strangle the revolution, the United States set out to isolate Cuba in order to make short shrift of it later."

--Che Guevara Speaks, "Cuba and the Kennedy Plan"

"The next morning, the last thing Katniss sees before entering the games is

being beaten by

--Sheila Llanas, How to Analyze the Works of Suzanne Collins which is for, like, 8th-graders and contains more insights into The Hunger Games than Anita Sarkeesian.

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