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"The king stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored."

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel.
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"The West Indies squadron lay off Bridgetown, sheltered from the north-east tradewind and basking in the brilliant sun."

The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O'Brian (1986)

"Let me guess. You want to know why I tried to kill myself."

For One More Day by Mitch Albom (2006)
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Swampfire, by Patricia Cecil Haas.
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"The following anecdote stems from the late 1980's, with the world on the brink of crisis, when it seemed that the Berlin Wall would stand for at least another hundred years, and West Berlin's Zoo and East Berlin's Tierpark were not only their respective countries' most popular recreational facilities, but also symbols of their systems of government."

The Zookeepers' War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War, by J. W. Mohnhaupt, translated by Shelley Frisch.
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This is coincidentally appropriate for late January


When the sun finally returned to the Arctic Circle and stained the gray sky with blazing streaks of pink, Augustine was outside, waiting.

—Lily Brooks-Dalton, Good Morning, Midnight
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"It was the year when they finally immanentized the Eschaton."

-The Illuminati Trilogy
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"THEY LAY IN the dark, guarding." Making Money, Pratchett.

If only the "THEY" was capitalized it would seem more ominous. Why the first 3 words? IT's A PATTERN AS it turns out. Well, unless there's an article in which case it's the first four.
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"The basket. The body. The canoe. The page. Each of these vessels has a form, a shape to which its purpose is intimately related."

Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers, by Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton.
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"So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd waiting in hushed and black-clad awe could not keep back gasps of admiration."
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"On my third day in Chicago, the Venezuelans evacuated my hotel."

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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005)
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Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, by Eloise Greenfield.
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The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. The intro to the anniversary edition I have said that she spent one day on that sentence.
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Frances Warde and the First Sisters of Mercy, by Marie Christopher.
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Different societies see landscapes differently.

A Time Travelers Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer
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Blanche Among the Talented Tenth, by Barbara Neely.
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The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. The intro to the anniversary edition I have said that she spent one day on that sentence.
Thanks! I think it was Oscar Wilde who once joked that he worked all morning putting in a comma, and all afternoon taking it out again.
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"It was an event of momentous proportions."

Straight Outta Deadwood, edited by David Boop. The quote is from the first story, "Cookie", by Shane Lacy Hensley.
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"John Beauchamp Jones, the observant, gossipy clerk in the War Department in Richmond, took note in his diary under date of May 15, 1863, that General Lee had come down from his headquarters on the Rappahannock and was conferring at the department."

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Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection between Coffee and Faith, by Tim Schenck.
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Edith Eva Eger's memoir The Choice begins with her introduction:

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin
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