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"The trees are mostly skinny where the hermit lives, but they're tangled over giant boulders with deadfall everywhere like pick up sticks."
From The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit- Michael Finkel

The true story of a man who spent 27 years living in the Maine woods alone in a tent. I blew through this in two days, only because sleep and other stuff made me put it down.
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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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The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-wracked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.

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Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

just started my third attempt at reading Ulysses, doing much better this time.Quarter of the way through and I'm still motivated to finish, just don't let Neil Stephenson or William Gibson put out a new book ( oh, shit)
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Book: End of Watch, by Stephen King (reread, not my first time reading it).

Prologue: "It's always darkest before the dawn."

Actual chapter one: "A pane of glass breaks in Bill Hodges's pants pocket."
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From The Path Between the Seas, David McCullough's terrific history of the building of the Panama Canal
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just started my third attempt at reading Ulysses, doing much better this time.Quarter of the way through and I'm still motivated to finish, just don't let Neil Stephenson or William Gibson put out a new book ( oh, shit)
I read Ulysses. Every word. Could not tell you a thing about it except that you spend a single day with Leopold Bloom.


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"Man"' said Terl, "is an endangered species".

Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard. Rhiannon8404 snagged a free copy at the ALA convention a couple weeks ago
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From the preface:

My purpose is to record and contemplate the origin, growth, maturity, and decline of Greek civilization from the oldest remains of Crete and Troy to the conquest of Greece by Rome.

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Old 07-09-2017, 03:37 PM
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What is the first sentence from the book you are currently reading?

"He was born with the rank of Detective-Inspector, CID, on a very wet Saturday afternoon in a basement flat off Sloane Square, in London. The year was 1931."

Preface from a Ngaio Marsh omnibus, in which she explains the origin of her fictional detective, Roderick Alleyn.

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Old 07-09-2017, 06:17 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.
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."

-- Secret Window, Secret Garden
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Old 07-09-2017, 07:05 PM
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Having noticed that this thread is still running, I may as well note that the novel I'm currently reading is perhaps the one most famous for its opening sentence. Sure, the likes of Ulysses and Nineteen Eighty-Four have famous opening sentences, but that's surely not the most famous thing about them.

One word: "catamite".

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Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess. Very much a readable blast so far.
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The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin. Kind of a disappointing read so far; a fair amount of action but damn few surprises for something that's supposed to be a mystery. More of an historical novel, which is fine as far as it goes, but not what I was hoping for.
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In the spring of her twenty-second year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life.

Could be any romance novel, but actually an English translation of future Nobel winner Haruki Murakami's Sputnik Sweetheart.
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No doubt the following narrative will be received with entire incredulity, but I think it well that the public should be put in possession of the facts narrated in "An Antarctic Mystery." - An Antarctic Mystery, by Jules Verne, trans by Mrs. Cashel Hoey, 1899, subtitled A Sequel to Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym

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-- 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."

-- Secret Window, Secret Garden
And now the third novella in Four Past Midnight.[/QUOTE]:

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

The Library Policeman, by Stephen King
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War between the Great Powers was much talked about in the first decade of the twentieth century, by politicians, writers, novelists and philosophers.
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"Hal and Bonnie Morgan wended their way through the crowded, overheated movie theater lobby into the cool air of a midwinter Phoenix night."
Dead to Rights by J. A. Jance
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