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This is the time and the place ...

I have this friend. oddmonster. I know her in real life. I mean, we went to the same high school and I graduated with her sister but I haven't seen her in a couple of years (that fest was a couple of years ago, wasn't it?) (Oh, I haven't seen either of them in a couple of years. More for the sis 'cause she lives out of the country now and Odd lives across the country ... I totally don't even remember where this aside was going at this point. Probably to the Bahamas. For a vacation. Possibly a nekkid vacation. I'm just not sure ...) ... yeah, I've lost both trains at this point. Weird.

So. oddmonster has these amazing books that she likes to rec me. A.maz.ing. Like, she's tapped into my brain and she KNOWS what I'm going to like. It's completely cool. The point of all this is that when Odd asks me to do a meme, I must comply. In fact, there's only one that she requested that I know I didn't do (and that's because it's sitting half finished on my hard drive ... what? She asks for deep, soul-searching answers to things!) and I do plan on finishing it some day. I do.

The meme! 5 quotes that mean something to me. Or that illustrate something. Or that I just think are really cool. Yeah, the rules got lost somewhere along the way. Mostly because I think that Odd made up her own rules. I'm cool with that. Onward!


#1
They reached light but not day.

As they approached the source of the glow, they say for the first time that the rock wall to the left had fallen away and their tracks had been joined by others which crossed in a complex spiderweb. The light laid them in burnished vectors. On some of them there were dark boxcars, passenger coaches, a stage that had been adapted to rails. They made the gunslinger nervous, like ghost galleons trapped in an underground Sargasso.

-The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Why this one? I have a weakness for a well written paragraph. Stephen King isn't always the best author in the world, but this works so beautifully for the picture he was painting. I can see it. I can smell it. I don't want to get caught on those harrowing rails.


#2
So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this - they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.

-Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity

Why this one? That moment where everything comes together. The speech that made the movie. The steely resolve around it. What's not to love?


#3
"So you wanna tell me what happened to your fingers."

"Zombie cow."

"Longhorn?"

"Jersey."

Earl winced. "That's gotta be embarrassing. I mean, a big, badass werewolf like yourself gettin' his ass kicked by Bossie the milk cow."

-Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Why this one? The humor of it mattering whether is was a Longhorn or Jersey cow that bit off someone's fingers! Especially when it was a Zombie cow! Completely off the hook. Plus? Zombies!


#4
I brought to mind the image of the stranger lying there in the first light of dawn: the slight growth of whiskers on his chin, strands of his red hair shifting gently on the faint stirrings of the morning breeze, the pallor, the extended legs, the quivering fingers, that last, sucking breath. And that word, blown into my face ... "Vale."

The thrill of it all!

"Yes," I said, "it was devastating."

-The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Why this one? I love the idea that this 11-year-old girl has the wits to find a killer and protect her family, all while dabbling in poisons and lying her eyeteeth out to the police. Also, her form of swearing is to say "Oh, scissors!". That just cracks me up. But seriously, this book has some amazing writing in it. This little snippet sums up so much about Flavia perfectly. She's not quite as normal as she should be, but she's not afraid to be herself.


#5
At the beginning of the 21st century, the Umbrella Corporation had become the largest commercial entity in the United States. Nine out of every ten homes contain its products. Its political and financial influence is felt everywhere. In public, it is the world's leading supplier of computer technology, medical products, and healthcare. Unknown, even to its own employees, its massive profits are generated by military technology, genetic experimentation and viral weaponry.

-Resident Evil opening narration

Why this one? It's sets a great tone. Despite the Zombies, you know who the real bad guy is. You know that something as big as Umbrella will wriggle it's way out of being blamed for the outbreak. And that? Makes this a great piece of writing.

Yeah, these quotes don't necessarily mean something to me on a spiritual level (or whatever), but they make the writer in me stand up and take notice. They make my imagination go all fluttery. Awesome!

I'm without the kiddo tonight. And? I have some new movies to watch. iron_knife's Blu-Ray rental service came through for me. I, however, forgot to give him back the last batch of movies I borrowed. Whoops.

I'm done now. later!

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Squee! I'm so glad you like my recs. I do see all these books and think hey, hey I know who needs that. Also, very strangely, in trying to break a run of bad reads (more on that later), I wound up picking up Gil's All-Fright Diner for a reread. It does indeed rock like a big rocking thing. Did you ever read the second one in the series?


I did read the second one but I wasn't as impressed with it as the first. It felt slightly forced or something. However, I'm willing to give it another try. Just to report back.

Yeah, but that would require you reading more...forget I said anything.

Haha! I will not forget! I will not!

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