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Old 01-29-2018, 01:53 PM
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"It was the day the snow came."

From "The Snowman"--by Jo Nesbo
Man, I hope it is not as abysmally bad as the movie.
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Because the first sentence is so short, I added the second as well.

Her name was Melanie. It means "the black girl," from an ancient Greek word, but her skin is actually very fair so she thinks maybe it not such a good name for her.

From The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. This is the second book in a series about a world in which most people have become zombified by a fungus and are driven to eat other people in order to spread that fungus. Scientists in England are trying to find a way to save the rest of humanity but they're having a hard time of it.

I am constantly amazed at how this author's writing so completely draws me in. I can't remember the last time I've been so absorbed, especially in the post-apocalyptic genre. The main characters are so well thought out that I can't think of a single one who's a cliche. There's a constant tension between how the different characters interact and how they cope with their dire situation that keeps me wondering what could possibly happen next.
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An old favorite from the 70s, on its umpteenth reread.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:12 PM
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The Handmaid's Tale. I admit that I am struggling a bit reading this - I understand its cultural significance and I'm up to chapter 18, but it feels kind of dry and I'm having issues getting into it.
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"Shakespeare was right."

How the Finch Stole Christmas, by Donna Andrews.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:13 AM
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:36 PM
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Two sentences, because the first one is kind of short:
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"Kreee...oww!" The slim flat space craft screamed across the blue void.
From Kemlo and the Space Lanes by E. C. Eliott.

There's just so much...wrong with those two sentences. I used to love the Kemlo series when I was a kid, but on re-reading now, they're...kind of bad.
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101 Stumbles in the March of History: WhatIf the Great Mistakes in War, Government, Industry, and Economics Were Not Made? by Bill Fawcett et al.
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Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

(The actual first sentence is 58 words long, so I stopped at the first comma.)
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On Monday, March 23, 1992 at 10:30 a.m. I walked into what I thought was a routine meeting of the Board of Directors of WordPerfect Corporation.

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This is actually from the top of page 51 of "The Pocket Book of Jokes", c. 1945, edited by Bennett Cerf. The book is very crumbly though, so that is the first page still connected to the main body.
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"He rode into the dark of the woods and dismounted."

-- The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg.
(I could have used the first sentence in his Foreword, as it's sort of the start of the novel, but it's still in Roman numerals, so I decided against it.)
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Wow, thanks to all the participants over the time that this thread has been up and running. I've got a nice source for what will doubtlessly be a fun bit of bedside reading.
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From Kemlo and the Space Lanes by E. C. Eliott.

There's just so much...wrong with those two sentences. I used to love the Kemlo series when I was a kid, but on re-reading now, they're...kind of bad.
They've been visited by the Suck Fairy. It's always a sad thing to find that something you enjoyed as a child and remember with fondness turns out to be pretty stinky when you're an adult.

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"The education bestowed on Flora Poste by her parents had been expensive, athletic, and prolonged; and when they died within a few weeks of one another during the annual epidemic of the influenza or Spanish Plague which occurred in her twentieth year, she was discovered to possess every art and grace save that of earning her own living."
- Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
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"Years are what they are."

Wait Till Next Year: The Story of a Season When What Should've Happened Didn't and What Could've Gone Wrong Did, by William Goldman and Mike Lupica.
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It was a four-day journey by train from the coast to the desert where the Tower of Babel rose like a tusk from the jaw of the earth.

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Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, translated by Lisa Hayden
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Of Man's first disobedience and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world and all our woe
With loss of Eden til one greater Man
Restore us and regain the blissful seat
Sing heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb or of Sinai didst inspire
That shepherd who first taught the chosen seed,
In the beginning, how the heav'n and earth
Rose out of chaos.

Milton's Paradise Lost.

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Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters, by Patricia C. McKissack
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Soldiers Live, -Glen Cook

(Sorry 'bout that; the book/author bit somehow got chopped off).
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