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Book Meme Thing

Stolen from amyxaphania

1. Pick 10 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.


One of these I'm sure there are only two people on my f-list that might possibly know what it is.  At least one is painfully obvious.  One of you will likely guess another one pretty quickly.  Aside from those, I'm not sure that many of these are terribly well-known, but here goes:


1. Clare: The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble.  I sign the visitor's log: Clare Abshire, 11:15 10-26-91  Special Collections.  The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neiffenegger, guessed by amyxaphania

2. Three children lay on the rocks at the water's edge.  A dark-haired little girl.  Two boys, slightly older.  This image is caught forever in my memory, like some fragile creature preserved in amber.  - Not guessed.  It's Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

3. "A god cannot die," Charat Kraal said.  "Therefore it can have no fear of death.  So who is braver, a god or a mortal?" - Not guessed.  It's Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston.  Only two on my f-list might have known this and neither one of them played :(

4.  The naked child ran out of the hide-covered lean-to toward the rocky beach at the bend in the small river.  It didn't occur to her to look back.  Nothing in her experience ever gave her reason to doubt the shelter and those within it would be there when she returned.  Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel, guessed by hobbituk .

5. Smoking opium is an art.  I look at my tray and its contents -- the pipe covered in finely worked silver, the small spirit lamp, the long blunt needle, the container of chandu, and my row of pea-size balls of the dark brown paste. - Not guessed.  It's The Linnet Bird by Linda Holeman.

6. The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling, guessed by amyxaphania

7. Aaa-rooo!  Aaa-rooo!   Distant, yet carrying, the wolf's howl broke the late-afternoon stillness.  In the depths of the forest, a young woman, as strong and supple as the sound, rose noiselessly to her feet. - Not guessed.  It's Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold

8. It was November.  Although it was not yet late, the sky was dark when I turned into Laundress Passage.  Father had finished for the day, switched off the shop lights and closed the shutters; but so I would not come home to darkness  he had left on the light over the stairs to the flat. - Not guessed. It's The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

9.  The pirate's head had disappeared.  William heard the speculations from a group of idlers on the quay nearby, wondering whether it would be seen again.  An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, guessed by amyxaphania

10. I  have always been told I was wicked.  This is my story, then: full of my wickedness and my attempts at goodness, of power found, lost, and found again. - Not guessed.  It's the Moonlit Cage by Linda Holeman

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xtanitx
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Is #10 Wicked by Gregory Maguire? I sort of want to guess #5, but I'm not really even 10% sure about that one, so I won't.

eta: Okay, I just went and cheated on #5. SO glad I didn't guess, and I'm never ever going to tell what I was thinking. hahaha

Edited at 2009-11-07 03:17 am (UTC)
abelina
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
It's not. I'm actually not sure if anyone's read any of these, other than a couple of them. It's funny though - numbers 5 and 10 are by the same author, but not the one you guessed.

and you know I'm going to pester you about the guess, right?
xtanitx
Nov. 7th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Shoot. :\ I was gearing up to squeal and flail and otherwise carry on all about Wicked and Elphaba, too. Dodged that bullet, huh? :D
hobbituk
Nov. 7th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Oooh... Is number 4 Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel?
abelina
Nov. 7th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Yep! You are absolutely correct!
amyxaphania
Nov. 7th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
#1 is the Time Traveler's Wife, and I only knew that because her name is in the first line!

#6 is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling. Had to think a little about which book it actually was... but I'm pretty sure it's OotP.

#9 is Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. I knew it, but I did cheat a little and open my book to actually check...

I have a feeling I know what #4 is, but if it's what I think it is, I've only read the first few pages of the book, so I'm not sure...

Edited at 2009-11-07 09:09 am (UTC)
abelina
Nov. 7th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
All correct! When I said above that one of my f-list would guess one of these pretty quickly, I was meaning you and Echo, lol. Thanks for not disappointing me!
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