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Old 04-20-2017, 11:23 PM
chorpler is offline
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Recently I'm trying a thing where I read a bunch of books at once, and switch between them more-or-less at random. Results are mixed so far. But I'll go ahead and post the first sentences of what I have currently open...

"No one could say he hadn't been warned."
--Matt Ruff, Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy

"Every inch of wall space is covered by a bookcase."
--Eliezer Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (this one is a fourth or fifth re-read)

"In London, where Southampton Row passes Russell Square, across from the British Museum in Bloomsbury, Leo Szilard waited irritably one gray Depression morning for the stoplight to change."
--Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb (25th Anniversary Edition)

"The first time Caesar approached Cora about running north, she said no."
--Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

"I remember throwing away a child."
-- Kameron Hurley, The Stars are Legion

Holy crap, this next one is a long sentence. Which is very representative of the way Ada Palmer has been writing this book so far. Weird, but interesting.

"You will criticize me, reader, for writing in a style six hundred years removed from the events I describe, but you came to me for explanation of those days of transformation which left your world the world it is, and since it was the philosophy of the Eighteenth Century, heavy with optimism and ambition, whose abrupt revival birthed the recent revolution, so it is only in the language of the Enlightenment, rich with opinion and sentiment, that those days can be described."
--Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning

"On our wedding day I was forty-six, she was eighteen."
--George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo