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Midway in his alotted threescore years and ten, Dante comes to himself with a start and realizes that he has strayed from the True Way into the Dark Wood of Error (Worldliness).

The Divine Comedy - Dante Aligheri (John Ciardi translation)

I was saving this for the Dog Days, but the weather's been unseasonably cool
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Scared of possible jail time, in constant pain and tired of battling for medical marijuana patients' rights, Steven McWilliams committed suicide in San Diego on Monday July 11, 2005, on his 51st birthday.

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"The young woman's heart was pounding."

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, by Nathalia Holt.
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"Stevenson entertained many fantasies about his ancestors, most notably that he was descended from Rob Roy McGregor and that after the proscription of the clan some of the sept called themselves Stevenson."

Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography, Frank McLynn

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Crossover by Kwame Alexander (a young adult novel in verse)
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Paul Christopher had been loved by two women who could not understand why he had stopped writing poetry.--The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry, one of his excellent cold war spy novels, this one set at the time of Kennedy's death.
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I am a hero worshiper; an insatiable devourer of biographies; and I say that no man in all the splendid list ever equaled Edmund Stonewall.
---- A Columbus of Space by Garrett P. Serviss


The narrator sure as hell is -- Edmund Stonewall is the inventor of an atomic-powered spaceship (in 1908!) and has a Scotty-esque ability to pull tech solutions out of his hat, but it really takes more to be a hero. I'd characterize this more as Frat Boys in Space. Stonewall's blasť disregard for the well-being and the wants of others, especially the non-human natives of Venus, results in unnecessary death and danger
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"The ground yielded easily under her blade, unlocking a black smell of earth."

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In the city of Chammur, on the eastern border of Stotat:

For centuries it had been called "fabled Chammur", "Chammur of the Flaming Heights", and "Mighty Chammur".


The Circle Opens #2: Street Magic-- Tamora Pierce.

About that first sentence, I'm not sure if that's not the first two sentences. In the book the italicized part is, in fact, italicized. It also ends in that colon and is it's own paragraph. But it doesn't pretend to be a complete sentence either. So. . . not sure if I did this right.
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--Crazy River by Richard Grant
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:27 AM
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William Wheatley, the manager of Niblo's Garden, has a problem.

Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: Musicals Then and Now, by Mark Steyn.
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Old 07-21-2017, 07:41 AM
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Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, by Tamar Myers.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:24 PM
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We had a similar thread years ago, but it quietly died. I always liked it.

"Brian Engle rolled the American Pride L1011 to a stop at Gate 22 and flicked off the FASTEN SEATBELT light at exactly 10:14 P.M."

-- The Langoliers, by Stephen King, the first novella in his collection Four Past Midnight.
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Since these are novellas, I'll fudge a bit and give the first sentence from the second in the collection:

" 'You stole my story,' the man on the doorstep said."

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And now the third novella in Four Past Midnight:

"Everything, Sam Peebles decided later, was the fault of the goddamned acrobat."

The Library Policeman, by Stephen King
And finally:

"September 15th was Kevin's birthday, and he got exactly what he wanted: a Sun."

-- The Sun Dog, the fourth and final novella in Stephen King's collection, Four Past Midnight
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The ones from what I'm reading now:

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- Creatures of Light and Darkness. Roger Zelazney


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I hadn't seen Uncle Jim in months.
- The Man Who Folded Himself. David Gerrold


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- Magicians of the Gods Graham Hancock.
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"The crowded career of George Washington afforded him little leisure to indulge his vanity or gratify his curiosity by conducting genealogical research into his family."

-- Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow
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"There were five of us -- Carruthers and the new recruit and myself, and Mr. Spivens and the verger."

"To Say Nothing of the Dog", which I'm reading for the third time. One of my favorite books. It's amazing how funny Connie Willis can be in this and how devastatingly sad and soul-shaking she can be in her other works.
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-- Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow
Outstanding book about a real hero.


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Thomas Hill was not much of a drinking man—half a bottle of claret or a couple of pots of ale might last him an hour or more—but two or three times a week he would close his bookshop and stroll down to the Romsey Arms.

The King's Spy, by Andrew Swanston.
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"This is a book about writing." -- You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing (John Scalzi)
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"This is a book about writing." -- You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing (John Scalzi)
How is that book? Sounds interesting.
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Red Threads, Rex Stout.

But it was something else back in April when the thread began.
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How is that book? Sounds interesting.
It has a lot of information about the business side of writing. It's not about structuring a plot, for example, it's more like this is how a professional writer should act. And he's got some horror stories about what not to do. Parts of it are entertaining.
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Mrs. Anderson was dead.

I am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

Amaranthe wasn't dead.

Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker


......I see a disturbing pattern in my reading here.....
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"Just under nine feet high and five and a half feet wide, freestanding between aluminum supports, The Large Glass dominates the Duchamp gallery in the Philadelphia Museum of Art."

Duchamp - A Biography - Calvin Tomkins ©1996
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"This book about scientists began with beef stroganoff." Headstrong: 52 Women Who changed Science--and the World, by Rachel Swaby.
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Had to add this opening line, even though I read it a couple of years ago and am not technically reading it right now:

"The periodic table is the universal catalog of everything you can drop on your foot." - Theodore Gray, The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
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"The ground yielded easily under her blade, unlocking a black smell of earth."

The City of Mirrors (The Passage, Book 3) -Justin Cronin
A truly heartbreaking opening when one knows the context.

From my current read:
"Luce's new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent."
NIGHTWOODS, by Charles Frazier
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Starting on of my favorite series again:

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
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"The plane took off in weather that was surprisingly cool for central Bolivia and flew east, toward the Brazilian border."

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann.
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"He rode into the dark of the woods and dismounted."

The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.

I just finished it. Starting the book and finishing it were almost the same event. It is that good.

I have the movie Gettysburg that was based upon this book, and follows it closely, but I just never got around to buying the book to read. No wonder it won The Pulitzer Prize. Having watched the movie first helped me to put a face to the characters in my mind's eye.

Man! What a great read! I agree with the quote on the dust jacket from General H. Norman Schwarzkopf: "The best and most realistic historical novel about war I have ever read."
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Since this thread is still going, I thought I would note that I have finished Volume 2 of Shelby Foote's The Civil War (see post #58), and started on Volume 3:

"Late afternoon of a raw, gusty day in early spring--March 8, a Tuesday, 1864--the desk clerk at Willard's Hotel, two blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, glanced up to find an officer accompanied by a boy of thirteen facing him across the polished oak of the registration counter and inquiring whether he could get a room."

Spoiler alert: the officer is Ulysses S. Grant, just arrived from the west to accept a promotion to lieutenant general and take command of the entire Union Army. I think it's significant that in each of Foote's first two volumes, the first "character" to appear was Jefferson Davis, while in the third, it's Grant. Tells you something about how the war is going.
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"I like to think I know what death is."

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The jacket blurb tells me this is a family generational story. I picked it up because I so thoroughly enjoyed a previous book by this author, Salvage the Bones. Ward is a young author with some excellent work under her belt and has a powerful, lyrical writing style that I very much enjoy.

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1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies by Eric Flint and Charles Gannon
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"State your name please." And the second is "Armand Gamache." Opening lines of Glass Houses by Louise Penny. Highly recommended but only if you have read several of the earlier books in the Gamache series.
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Just as geographers, Sossius, crowd on to the outer edges of their maps the parts of the earth which elude their knowledge, with explanatory notes that "What lies beyond is sandy desert without water and full of wild beasts," or "blind marsh," or "Scythian cold," or "frozen sea," so in the writing of my Parallel Lives, now that I have traversed those periods of time which are accessible to probable reasoning and which afford basis for a history dealing with facts, I might well say of the earlier periods: "What lies beyond is full of marvels and unreality, a land of poets and fabulists, of doubt and obscurity."
Plutarch's Parallel Lives of course. The text above is from the Loeb edition simply so I can copy and paste rather than write it out. Actually I'm using the so-called Dryden translation although Dryden wrote only the preface. It's from the 17th century but still by far the most readable version. I haven't read Plutarch since the early 70s and I wish I'd revisited it sooner. It's an incredible work, just finished the life of Camillus, the 5th century BC Roman statesman/soldier. Great story about him - in the war against the Faliscans he was laying siege to the city Falerii and the Falerians were sitting tight within their walls. In fact they were so confident that they continued life as normal, their children going to school as usual and even taking their daily exercise outside the walls. One of the Falerian schoolmasters, who was getting pretty nervous about the Romans, decided he'd curry favor with them by taking some of the children of the chief citizens outside the walls as he usually did but on this occasion he led the kids right into the Roman camp,saying that he had delivered the city to Camillus for the Falerians would now surrender fearing for their children. If there was one thing Camillus hated it was a traitor whatever side he was on. He ordered that the schoolmaster be stripped and his hands bound behind his back. He then provided the children with whips and scourges and told them to whip their teacher back to the city. The Faliscans were so impressed by his attitude that they allied themselves to Rome. Camillus was quite a guy.

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"I hold her, tight in my arms, and she screams."

When the English Fail by David Williams

This is a novel exploring how the Amish would fare in a post-apocalyptic world. The premise piqued my curiosity as I had not seen this angle explored previously in pist-apocalyptic literature.
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