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Old 09-16-2017, 11:08 AM
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"On May 18, 1860, the day when the Republican Party would nominate its candidate for president, Abraham Lincoln was up early."

-- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Hell is other people." -- Jean-Paul Sartre
Old 09-18-2017, 07:18 AM
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:51 PM
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:15 AM
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:02 AM
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"Halfway down a bystreet of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst." (The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne)

"When Lady Ann Sercomb married George Smiley towards the end of the war she described him to her astonished Mayfair friends as breathtakingly ordinary." (Call for the Dead, John le Carré)

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Old 09-20-2017, 12:29 PM
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Fragment, by Warren Fahy.
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The gunslinger came awake from a confused dream which seemed to consist of a single image: that of the Sailor in the Tarot deck from which the man in black had dealt (or purported to deal) the gunslinger’s own moaning future.
Old 09-20-2017, 01:10 PM
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"I remember how good the weather was that September." from The One From the Other by Philip Kerr

"When, on Christmas Day, AD 800, Pope Leo III lowered the imperial crown on to the head of Charles, son of Pepin the Frank, and prostrated himself before him as Emperor of Rome, the Empire of Byzantium had been in existence for 470 years." from Byzantium (vol. II) - The Apogee by John Julius Norwich (With sentences like that it's no wonder he filled three volumes)

"On May 25th Arthur Surbonadier, whose real name was Arthur Simes, went to visit his uncle, Jacob Saint, whose real name was Jacob Simes." from Enter A Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
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"My dear friend Roz Horowitz met her new husband online dating, and Roz is three years older and 50 pounds heavier than I am, and people have said that is generally not as well-preserved, and so I thought I would try it even though I avoid going online too much."

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Old 09-22-2017, 12:39 PM
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"This book begins with a plane crash."

Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray.
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"Before she became the Girl From Nowhere -- the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years -- she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy." -- The Passage, Justin Cronin

(If you've read all three, should I get the other two books in the trilogy? I'm enjoying this one so far but haven't gotten that far into it.)
Old 09-28-2017, 05:07 PM
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Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems, by Steven James.
Old 09-28-2017, 06:26 PM
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"Wow, you could kill someone with that thing!"
Gone Gull, the latest Meg Langslow mystery by Donna Andrews.

"All right, let's put our backs to it," said Stephen Hamilton, as the barge carrying the rest of the escapees from the Tower of London began to pull away downriver, Harry Lefferts waving over the tern.
1635: A Parcel of Rogues, by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis.

Many years ago I was expounding at length on some topic to my young son, who sat patiently for a while and then said, "Yes, dad, but how does it connect?"
By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia, by Barry Cunliffe.
Old 09-28-2017, 09:43 PM
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"When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night."

There Autobiography of Malcom X, as told to Alex Haley

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Old 10-02-2017, 08:56 AM
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(Actually, that's the first spoken sentence; the rest goes on for several more lines."
Old 10-02-2017, 09:04 AM
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:13 PM
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"Turf history is emblazoned with the great names that have adorned it--Man o' War, Colin, Sysonby, Exterminator, Count Fleet--but a little applause should be reserved for those not so richly endowed by nature who yet performed splendidly."

A Touch of Greatness, by C. W. Anderson.
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Next morning the prince went to his father, the King, and said to him : "No one shall be my wife but she whose foot this golden slipper fits."

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Old 10-06-2017, 06:36 PM
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:50 PM
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What France's deeply saddened ambassador Maurice Paleologue called "world madness" began in Russia, as wars so often begin everywhere, with an outburst of patriotic fervor and outraged national feelings as Petersburgers greeted Germany's declaration with hysterical outpourings of support for their tsar and country.

Passage Through Armageddon: the Russians in War and Revolution 1914-1918 by W. Bruce Lincoln
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"The man with the binoculars squirmed forward on his stomach through the sun-warmed brown grass"

Hellstrom's Hive by Frank Herbert.
Old 10-07-2017, 12:59 PM
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As I stood there with the sword in my hand, the blade dripping blood on the floor, I couldn't help but wonder if the blood belonged to my father.

Sir Apropos of Nothing, Peter David. (The acknowledgments mention Harlan Ellison, "who fixed the opening paragraph".)
Old 10-19-2017, 06:44 AM
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There are only two kinds of women in the world of clothing. One buys her clothes made-to-order, the other buys her clothes ready-made.

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Old 10-19-2017, 08:38 AM
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From Split Heirs by Lawrence Watt-Evans and Esther Friesner.
Old 10-19-2017, 10:32 AM
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There are a lot of forewords and notes from the author and such, but I think this counts as the first official sentence:

"You're not crazy. STOP CALLING YOURSELF CRAZY," my mom says for the eleventy billionth time, "You're just sensitive. And ... a little ... odd."
-- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson.

Her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was so funny that it was unsafe to read in public. Highly recommended.
Old 10-20-2017, 11:08 PM
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Old 10-20-2017, 11:33 PM
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North of Arles, where the river Rhone divides, a papal legate was assassinated on a January morning in 1208.
Old 10-21-2017, 12:30 AM
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The path, slanting up through young forest to gray rock and old trees, became a hollow, leaf-filled track at its end.
Fortress of Eagles by C. J. Cherryh.

A computer program is a set of instructions that causes a computer to perform some kind of action.
Python for Kids by Jason R. Briggs

And two I just finished.

Nan Killian was surrounded by mayhem.
A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a human assassin in possession of an important mission must be in want of a target.
Vallista by Steven Brust
Old 10-21-2017, 01:01 AM
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"This morning Rino telephoned."
My Brilliant Friend

"In the spring of 1966, Lila, in a state of great agitation, entrusted to me a metal box that contained eight notebooks."
The Story of a New Name

"I saw Lila for the last time 5 years ago, in the winter of 2005."
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

"From October 1976 until 1979, when I returned to Naples to live, I avoided resuming a steady relationship with Lila—but it wasn't easy."
The Story of the Lost Child

These four are, collectively, a single narrative:, the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. Translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein.
Old 10-21-2017, 03:56 PM
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The Dharma of "The Princess Bride", by Ethan Nictern.
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Old 10-24-2017, 01:10 PM
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"A great photographer insists on writing poems." 300 Arguments, by Sarah Mancuso.
Old 10-24-2017, 08:42 PM
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"Like most forms of corruption, it began with men in suits."

Real Tigers, (Slough House) third book in the series.
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Old 10-25-2017, 09:26 PM
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The Haunting, by Shirley Jackson
Old 10-30-2017, 01:28 PM
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How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:43 AM
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"My birth was a political act."

Austral by Paul McAuley.
Old 10-31-2017, 08:28 AM
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I finally finished that Massie book on the precursors to World War I a week ago, so now it's King Coal by Upton Sinclair.

The town of Pedro stood on the side of the mountain country; a straggling assemblage of stores and saloons from which a number of branch railroads ran up into the canyons, feeding the coal-camps.

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Old 11-01-2017, 03:42 PM
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(Either that line, or "Jerry Redlands opened his eyes in freefall.")

The Pentagon War (which is kinda cheating; I'm reading the book because I'm still writing it.)
The truth, as always, is more complicated than that.

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Old 11-03-2017, 01:08 AM
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We hanged him in front of Kingsbridge Cathedral.

A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett
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The Science of Monsters: The Origins of the Creatures We Love to Fear, by Matt Kaplan


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