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the book meme, now with audience participation! - Diary of a Necromancer
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the book meme, now with audience participation!
I've been holding off on the "book fragment" meme because there are a number of books pretty well equidistant from my keyboard, so I've decided to put a twist in the original concept: I'll give a randomly chosen line from each of the candidates, and y'all take a guess in the comments as to what sort of thing these respective lines are from (if you can at least tell the fic from the nonfic it's a start ;) ). Ready? Begin:

1) Tom mounts it on his disk, copies a Word document of his own to it, and then unmounts it.

2) Remember the days when letters were written by hand?

3) When you do get to see him at last, you will not be surprised to find he is black (see COLOR CODING) and shadowy and probably not wholly human.

4) No one enjoys paying taxes, although everyone appreciates the services that their taxes buy.

5) We were in a boat, or on the back of a milk-white bird.

6) No chairs, but large dark green fur pillows to sit on, or the couch, draped with rugs and shawls like the divan of a potentate.

7) Certainly in any series, the smart thing to do is to rent studio space that encompasses a few standing sets.

8) Strands woven in complex patterns are known as sennits.

9) These products do not burn away completely, so only small amounts of the glue should be used if ash deposits or air bubbles are to be avoided.

10) One of the otherworldly planes of existence inhabited by creatures -- some good, some evil -- that can be summoned by a mage.

11) The little creature, quite horrified, made in good earnest to cry out: fortunately her voice was strangled in tears.

12) Un platoir ou une petite taloche pour egaliser la surface carrelee;

13) "Two old mercs, sitting in the sun, passing a bottle back and forth," she said with a grin as I handed it back to her.

14) It failed to induce the people to pass constitutional amendments which would have enabled it to forward its socialistic program, but it succeeded in introducing, in 1911, compulsory military training for all young Australian men -- a significant innovation in the army traditions of the British Empire -- and it was the same Labor government which with enthusiasm and energy carried Australia into the World War in active support of the mother-country.

15) tending to or capable of (contractile)

16) And besides, if you have followed the advice in this book, someone -- an editorial assistant, if not the editor herself -- is aware that you have sent a proposal or query letter and are entitled to a response.

...Damn good thing I keep the library stack in the front hall and not in here, ain't it? Extra points for spotting the ringer, too. I'll be along with the answers next week, so keep your fingers crossed that I don't get hit by a bus over the weekend. :)

feeling: quizzy
now playing on Radio Earworm: "Medical Love Song", Monty Python Sings!

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shelbydee From: shelbydee Date: April 16th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Please, don't go out for a weekend ;) and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that no bus will visit you in your house then ;)
herewiss13 From: herewiss13 Date: April 16th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The dictionary entry is slightly obvious. Many of the others are _quite_ familiar sounding, but the problem with the fantasy genre is major motif-redundancy.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: April 16th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm mostly amazed that when I counted it up there were 16 books and book-like objects within arm's reach, because this isn't really the room that books are supposed to collect in (besides the dictionary which lives where it gets used: on the dining room floor). I'm not even entirely sure how #14 got into the house in the first place...

BTW, you're actually quite cold on that guess, since only one of the entries is technically a fantasy novel! :) (Two others are, oh, whatdoyoucallums, stuff about the genre, I know there's a word for it, dammit...)
shelbydee From: shelbydee Date: April 19th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
*Waiting impatiently*
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