The Writing's on the Walls (Was: Re: On the subject of Wicked Women)
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Thu May 24 22:48:26 EDT 2001
On Thu, 24 May 2001 21:47:10 +0100, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
>But those are all far too easy! Ok - this is moderately on-topic
>because I can remember a list recommendation or discussion for at
>least every author represented here, and for most of the books. So,
>before there are too many to copy out - I did say this was work in
Not too shabby. 13 right, 1 that I mistook for something else, and one that
seems familiar but I can't place it at all.
<spoiler space to show off and avoid paying the bills>
>1. There were five of us - Carruthers and the new recruit and
>myself, and Mr. Spivens and the verger. It was late afternoon on
>November the fifteenth, ...(I've cut out the rest of that sentence as
>it makes it a dead give-away!)
_To Say Nothing of the Dog_, of course. My only disappointment at reading
_Passage_ was that I really, really wanted *this* one again.
>2. Her mother was enchanted, Peri decided. Enchanted by the sea.
The incomparable Patricia McKillip--_The Changeling Sea_. And as long as
I'm glossing my answers, this was the first time I picked up on the second
meaning of Peri as an otherworldly character, thanks to the recent
discussion of names...my ObDWJ for the evening.
>3. "Why did you decide to work with fads?"
> "Everybody else was doing it."
More CW. _Bellwether_ is the greatest! I can't decide whether I like Flip
best, or the birthday party with all those mothers, or the sheep, or
>4. "And now I suppose that I shall have to arrange matters with
>Why did I never realize how peaceful life was before you came!"
This is the one that sounds familiar and I just can't place it.
>5. Placetne, magistra? (Answer won't go there until Becca and Cara
>have read the book!)
_Gaudy Night_. Connie Willis made me read it. Not personally. But you
know what I mean. I read the whole series in a big swoop three years ago
after my son's birth.
>6. O where is the queen, and where is she now?
> Go out by the oak leaf, with never a bough.
_The Perilous Gard_
>8. I saw something nasty in the woodshed.
> There'll be no butter in hell!
MMMM....I want to read _Cold Comfort Farm_ again now to take a closer look
at the SF elements that I didn't expect.
>9. God is in the details!
> No stone unturned!
_To Say Nothing of the Dog_ again. One of the best moments is when this
character turns out to be well-rounded after all.
>10. 1. Optimize potential.
> 2. Facilitate empowerment.
> 3. Implement visioning.
> 4. Strategize priorities.
> 5. Augment core structures.
_Bellwether_. I should frame this for Jacob's office.
>12. In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men,
>women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real
>small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.
Douglas Adams, but I haven't read the books recently enough to remember
>13. "I do not understand you."
> "Then we are on very unequal terms, for I understand you perfectly well."
> "Me? yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible."
I thought this was Steven Brust, but duh, it's Jane Austen. _Northanger
Abbey_ is dear to my heart because I was Catherine Morland when I was a
>14. "Do you ever feel completely itch?"
Hooray for Flip. I use this expression now sometimes.
>15. Jade plate,
> Six, eight.
> Fire that burns hot,
> Night that is not.
> Fire that burns cold,
> First silver, then gold.
Is it not a crime that Barry Hughart never wrote more than the three books?
And you know what else? Practically every one of his sentences follows the
format <independent clause>, and <independent clause>. I'm not kidding.
You'd think that was just awful from the description, and the book just
sings. (Hee hee, I did it inadvertently)
>16. "You don't look like any god to me, Christopher Heron! You look
>like a piece of gilded ginger-bread, that's what you look like, one
>of those cakes they sell at a fair!"
>19. She traced a line down the side of her wrist with her finger.
>"Io suicien lui damo amo," she said softly. "You are here in place of
>the friends I love."
_Doomsday Book_ by CW. Don't you love how she turned that very creepy motto
into something so moving?
Hallie, you've absolutely got to put "All the bees are ded" somewhere in
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