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21 October 2009 @ 10:16 pm
I'M GOING TO GOREFEST YAY and here's a meme.

1. Pick ten of your favorite books or series.
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books.

LET'S DO THIS THING that I snagged off of w0rdinista. I have marked all the non-fiction books. Prefaces and introductions are not counted as the beginning. As you will quickly be able to see, these were not selected for their challenge because if you can't get number one, then I weep for you.

1. I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as "Claudius the Idiot", or "That Claudius", or "Claudius the Stammerer" or "Clau-Clau-Claudius" or at best as "Poor Uncle Claudius", am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the "golden predicament" from which I have never since become disentangled. I, Claudius (Robert Graves) janetl

2. We all know that history has proceeded very differently for peoples from different parts of the globe. NF

3. Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town. NF

4. Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.

5. The history of mankind in the last three hundred years has been punctuated by major upheavals in human thought that we call scientific revolutions—upheavals that have profoundly affected the way in which we view ourselves and our place in the cosmos. NF oknazevad, who cheated

6. I could hear a roar of muffled drums. But I could see nothing but the lacing on the bodice of the lady standing in front of me, blocking my view of the scaffold. The Other Boleyn Girl (Phillipa Gregory) last_archangel

7. A man with binoculars. That is how it began: with a man standing by the side of the road, on a crest overlooking a small Arizona town, on a winter night.

8. It's that moon again, slung so fat and low in the tropical night, calling out across a curdled sky and into the quivering ears of that dear old voice in the shadows, the Dark Passenger, nestled snug in the backseat of the Dodge K-car of Dexter's hypothetical soul.

9. That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not mean to lay a curse on me. Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine) patchcat

10. Two tires fly. Two wail.
A bamboo grove, all chopped down.
From it, warring songs.

Socially Awkward and Endearingly Strangepatchcat on October 22nd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
9 is Ella Enchanted!

Edits: Also, Gorfest?

Edited at 2009-10-22 03:02 am (UTC)
Ithilwendarkfrog24 on October 22nd, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
So it is!
Terra Firma: Sleepthief | Crazylast_archangel on October 22nd, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Is 6 The Other Boleyn Girl?

I don't know my work schedule on Friday. It it works, I will happily meet you in Boston!
Ithilwendarkfrog24 on October 22nd, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Crud, yes.

You know, Sis has a wedding shower the next day. We could meet Sat if you can't make the 10pm show.
oknazevadoknazevad on October 24th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Number 5: A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness: From Impostor Poodles to Purple Numbers

OK, I'll admit I cheated, but funnily enough this very blog entry is the #2 search result on Google when you search said posted sentence.
Ithilwendarkfrog24 on October 24th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I heard V.S. Ramachandran address the New York Academy of Sciences on a similar subject. The man is an amazing public speaker.