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Two books open on my table right now.
The first is an author I'm in a more or less permanent state of revisiting:
"quarum sacra fero ingenti percussus amore"
"They are neither tortured by dread of impending disaster nor under the strain of hopes of future bliss."
"'Courtesy of my son,' Picard replied, indicating for her to follow him to his work area and to the seat positioned in front of his desk."
Dayton Ward, Star Trek The Fall: Peaceable Kingdoms
Post Christmas and New Year bumper edition.
"They bled him, purged him with something that emptied his stomach and bowels violently, made him ingest various unpleasant liquids, shaved his groin, and daubed on a burning, foul-smelling black ointment twice a day."
Guy Gavriel Kay, Sailing to Sarantum
"'I don't suppose you can tell me?'"
Mur Lafferty, The Shambling Guide to New York City.
"Without answering he walked past her, towards noise."
Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space
"Miss Dunkirk spun."
Mary Robinette Kowal, Shades of Milk and Honey
"Två lysande röda ögon d%&&r upp framför oss och en antilop dunsar över motorhuven, bilen kastar sig igenom ett buskage och sedan ut i den öppna sandterrängen igen."
("Two shining red eyes turns up in front of us, and an antelope bounces across the hood, the car throws itself through the shrubs and then out into the open sand terrain again.")
Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye, 438 Dagar (438 Days)
"I stort sett var det de som fanns i Tyskland, Nederländerna, och södra Danmark."
("In the main it were the ones who existed in Germany, the Netherlands, and south Denmark.")
Tore Jansson (not to be confused with Moomin-writer Tove Jansson), Germanerna (The Germanics)
"She stood close than he found really comfortable; he could have put his arm around her and found her no closer."
Elizabeth Moon, Surrender None (in the omnibus edition called Legacy of Honor)
"Ross' first image, from a PC projector she'd brought in herself, was a photo of the design that had been etched in the soil, the real thing now having been covered in plastic and fenced off – if Quill's orders had been complied with.
Paul Cornell, London Calling
"It doesn't mean anything."
Ian Rankin, Saints of the Shadow Bible.
"Jean turned slowly, and saw that the woman was now standing six feet to his left, by the window where the linens table had once been."
Scott Lynch, Republic of Thieves
"God, however, was great."
Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword
"The Sieur den Thasnet echoed these sentiments in florid terms but was soon caught by the Imperial gaze and wound up the eloquence."
Juliet E McKenna, Warrior's Bond
"'Where's the reeve?' a militiaman bellowed, the hair on his chest and groin as grizzled as that on his head."
Juliet E McKenna, Irons in the Fire
"What honest Carluse man would turn mercenary?"
Juliet E McKenna, Blood in the Water
"Branca knew better than to suggest that."
Juliet E McKenna, Banners in the Wind
And a slight cheat, since I bought Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 4 for the sake of one short story, and that short story doesn't have 55 pages, I'll just pick one sentence I enjoyed:
"So she always counted the money carefully when it came in, and hid it in her special hiding place, a big book called Toads and their Discontents.
Ellen Kushner, A Wild and Wicked Youth
Edit: And apparently the Swedish words for "dives" is not okay with the forum profanity filter...
"She said, in a low voice meant to carry no farther than the courtyard walls, 'I'm a traveler, and I'm headed out of town.'"
Kate Elliot, Shadow Gate
I'm not really sure if that's exactly how I should quote it, since the actual quote, starting as part of the sentence as I noted above, actually goes for several spoken sentences. For an extended version...
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"He [Sir Henry Morgan] did not get on well with Lord Vaughan, who complained of his 'imprudence and unfitness to have anything to do with civil government' and his habit of drinking and gaming in the taverns of Port Royal."
--Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
"These formulas are not so much untrue as schematic and one-dimensional; accordingly, they lead to serious political miscaluclations and mistakes."
--Eugene D. Genovese, "Class and Nationality in Black America," collected in In Red and Black: Marxian Explorations in Southern and Afro-American History
"Within [C.E.] Ruthenberg himself, the struggle between doctrinal orthodoxy and mass influence went on unceasingly."
--Theodore Draper, American Communism and Soviet Russia
"Every time that a planet (our earth for example) turns round itself, it makes what we call day and night; and every time it goes entirely round the Sun it makes what we call a year; consequently our world turns three hundred and sixty-five times round itself, in going once round the Sun.*
"*Those who supposed that the sun went round the earth every 24 hours made the same mistake in idea that a cook would do in fact, that should make the fire go round the meat, instead of the meat turning round itself toward the fire."
--The Age of Reason, Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology by Thomas Paine, Secretary to the Committee of Foreign Affairs in the American Revolution and Author of "Common Sense," "The Crisis," "Rights of Man," Etc. on the 8th of Pluvoise in the Second Year of the French Republic, one and indivisible.
"What I have said of the unspecifiability of skills is closely related to the findings of Gestalt psychology."
- Michael Polanyi, Personal Knowledge
"The suspicions that haunt our day-to-day lives usually feature our families, neighbors, and coworkers, even if we don't believe they're puppets of a Satanic cabal."
- Jesse Walker, The United States of Paranoia
"In Germany, the law does not permit the issue of shares for less than one thousand marks denomination, and the magnates of German finance look with an envious eye at England, where the issue of one-pound shares ( = 20 marks, about 10 rubles) is permitted."
--V.I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: A Popular Outline
That means a good long session with the belt - and Grinder doesn't care where the strap lands, whole skin or fresh scars, it's all the same to him - and then a night or two down the hole, where there's no light and no warmth and nothing for company except for the big hairy Muddy York rats who'll come and nibble at whatever's left of you, if you manage to fall asleep.
--Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
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"But the most meaningful (in the sense of longest) part of the ceremony was the Parade of Athletes, in which competitors from many nations marched around the stadium and stood together, reminding us that the true meaning of the Olympics is international understanding, which means not making fun of foreign people because they have funny names."
-- Dave Barry, Boogers are My Beat
"But the publication of the Melville family diaries and correspondences, with a connecting narrative, by Melville's oldest grandchild, Eleanor Melville Metcalf, Herman Melville, Cycle and Epicycle (Harvard University Press, 1953), is perhaps the most directly revealing introduction to the author as man."
--Harold Beaver, "Bibliography" in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories by Herman Melville
"The Company agrees to not mix radials and bias ply tires on the same unit."
--National Master United Parcel Service Agreement and New England Supplemental Agreement For the Period: August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2018 by, For the Employees
For the Employer
UPS Negotiating Committee, Michael J. Rosentrater, Chair; John McDevitt, Co-Chair; Al Gudim, Richard Gough, Brian McCabe, Dan Guerrero, Joe Tringale, Stokes Nelson, Tony Coleman, Eric Bringe, Craig Holmes, Steve Haney, Ed Lynch, Matt Hoffman, Mark Aaron, Bill Leanues, Headley Chambers, Matt Loughlin, Tim Hoy, Brian Person, Dan Hoyer, Chuck Schmidbauer, Lindsay Marshall, Mike Szloch, Chuck Martorana, Jim Wells, Frank Maxwell, Chris Langan, Sharon Ring, Ben Miloro, Sue Davis, Steve Brennan, Dennie Gandee, Steve Musson, Denise Gasti, Brian D~#@s