Friday, July 8, 2011

Let's Play a Game

I’m sorry that I didn’t get a blog post up on Wednesday. It’s been a long week. I’m trying to get the last few things done on my YA novel. Hopefully, it should be available next week—probably on Friday (but maybe sooner). And if final proofreading wasn’t enough, a very nasty gastrointestinal bug hit our home. I was hoping it would be one of those 24 hour viruses. But it’s not. And I’m washing lots of icky laundry. (Enough said.)

I’ve been reading that it’s National Book Month/Week. Of course, when I looked it up, I discovered that there are lots of National Book Months/Weeks. But, hey, books are great, so multiple celebrations are good.

In honor of whatever book celebration is going on, we’re going to play a game here on the blog. Find the nearest book, look up page 56, and copy the fifth sentence into a comment.

Here’s mine.

“But they are all wrong.” He Shall Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters.

Don’t you love that sentence! Short and powerful, even with a “to be” verb.

BTW, if you've never read Elizabeth Peters, you must. Exotic Egyptian locale, feisty female archaeologist detective, and witty writing.


  1. ACK! Did you notice all those weird fonts? How did that happen? Sometimes I think Blogger is possessed, and sometimes I think it's the imps having fun.

  2. "There's a lot of catchy complaints a-going about just now." from The Railway Children, E. Nesbit, the book we are currently reading aloud with the kiddies.

  3. "He took a turn about the room." -The Dutch Shoe Mystery, Ellery Queen. This book is my first foray into Queen's works, and I'm quite enjoying it!

  4. "The rich people who back tributes - either because they're betting on them or simply for the braggin rights of picking a winner - expect someone classier than Haymitch to deal with."
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I'm finally getting around to reading this...)

  5. "They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." Well, you DID say the nearest book, didn't you? This is from the Bible, specifically the last sentence of Genesis.

  6. fun game
    "I'm sure I chose him for a very good reason"
    Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me? I've not read her Shopaholic series, but a few individual books, and they're always a delight.

  7. "His muffled moans went unheeded by his captors as they pressed on."—from A Light in Zion by Bodie Thoene. It's #4 in The Zion Chronicles...Christian historical fiction about Israel in 1948.

  8. Hope everyone feels better soon at your place!

    Fun game. Here's mine:

    "The grief of my father's loss is so sudden that my knees nearly buckle under the weight of it; I force tears back down my throat, past the lump that's forming there." - Wither by Lauren Destafano

  9. I find that when blogger is messing up my fonts, I copy all the text I've written into another non-UDC text processor, save and quit the post, exit the browser, reopen the browser, reload the post, and copy the text back in. It's too complicated for those cyberimps.

    Oh, and "Where did you get your strange pet?" was from Page 56 from "Mr. Poppers Penguins," which was the closet book to me at the moment, beyond the Bible.

    (And if your curious, the bible is "This is the thing that the Lord has commanded." on the 56th page.

  10. "Stir down and beat vigorously for about thirty seconds." ...cookbook!

  11. Hmmm. . . nearest book, got it. Lets see. . . p.56 . . . sentence 5. Here we go: "The relative electronegativities of an atom are: sp>sp2>sp3." Organic Chemistry, 6th Edition, Bruice. My Physical Chemistry textbook was going to be the closest book, but just my luck, that excerpt actually made perfect sense! I'm disgusted.

  12. "Shows what a rotten thing it is to develope your brain too much."
    Life With Jeeves
    P.G. Wodehouse

    so full of win:D

  13. "Harry's eyes watered in the chill as he soared upward; he could see nothing below now but tiny pinpricks of light that were car headlights and streetlamps." -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    (Harry Potter has some long sentences. The sixth sentence was three times as long.)

  14. "The prompt and energetic action of the officers of the law shows the great advantage of the presence on such occasions of a single vigorous and masterful mind."

    from "The Complete Sherlock Holmes"