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I found this meme while I was scrounging around in my hard drive for a different file.

1) Select 5-10 (or so) books you love. 2) Post the first line from each of them. 3) Don't mention the title or author. That's for everyone else to figure out. 4) After someone correctly identifies the book, update the original entry to reflect that fact.

For the purposes of this meme, I'm skipping epigraphs and going straight to the meat of the book. Unfortunately, many of my favorite books have giveaway first lines. (I think we all know what book starts out: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.) So I grabbed some books from the nearby shelves and from my internal library. I've included fiction and nonfiction, old books and newer ones.

1. Dante stared and stared at the corpse, but a blindness waited behind his eyes.

2. My bandana is rolled on the diagonal and retains water fairly well.

3. All day it has been windy--strange weather for late July--the wind swirling through the hedges like an invisible flood-tide among seaweed; tugging them, compelling them in its own direction, dragging them one way until the patches of elder and privet sagged outward from the tougher stretches of blackthorn at either side.

4. There was no possibility of a walk that day. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte -- recognized by [livejournal.com profile] oursin

5. The bells of St. Mark's were ringing changes up on the mountain when Bud skated over to the mod parlor to upgrade his skull gun. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson -- recognized by [livejournal.com profile] hobbitblue


6. I have not been in a battle; not near one, nor heard one from afar, nor seen the aftermath. The Face of Battle by John Keegan -- recognized by [livejournal.com profile] beckyzoole

7. The American handed Leamas another cup of coffee and said, "Why don't you go back and sleep?" The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John LeCarre, recognized by [livejournal.com profile] imnotandrei

8. Don't get me wrong: I love the restaurant business. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, recognized by [livejournal.com profile] irontongue

9. In a starless May night the town slept and the river flowed quietly through shadow.

10. Now read on. . . .

ETA The unidentified first lines are revealed in this entry.

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Date: 2007-02-15 01:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hobbitblue.livejournal.com
Yay, for once in one of these things I recognise a line!

5. Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

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Date: 2007-02-15 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rmjwell.livejournal.com
Damn you! That was the one I recognized, too!

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Date: 2007-02-15 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] hobbitblue.livejournal.com
I didn't like the book much, sadly, how about you?

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Date: 2007-02-15 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
We have a lovely consolation prize for you. Thank you, play again!

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Date: 2007-02-15 05:10 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2007-02-15 01:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] oursin.livejournal.com
No 4 is Jane Eyre. Several of the others look familiar but not familiar enough for me to name the book.

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Date: 2007-02-15 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
You got Jane Eyre, of course.

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Date: 2007-02-15 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irontongue.livejournal.com
7 - The Quiet American?
8 - Kitchen Confidential?

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Date: 2007-02-15 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
You got #8 right, but [livejournal.com profile] imnotandrei was correct about #7.

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Date: 2007-02-15 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imnotandrei.livejournal.com
7. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, I think?
(though [livejournal.com profile] hobbitblue got the one I was sure of. ;)

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Date: 2007-02-15 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
You're right about #7. I was certain you'd get that one.

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Date: 2007-02-15 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beckyzoole.livejournal.com
#6 is The Face of Battle. Great book!

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Date: 2007-02-15 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abostick59.livejournal.com
Damn, I was just about to guess that.

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Date: 2007-02-15 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
Yes, it is -- one of the best books in its field.

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Date: 2007-02-15 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juliansinger.livejournal.com
I realllly want to know what #3 is. Also #9.

(I could've given you #6 and #2, but that's because of Googling. So I won't. Also I could've given you #4 and #5 but I am Slow.)

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Date: 2007-02-15 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juliansinger.livejournal.com
I mean, 4 and 5 without googling, see.

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Date: 2007-02-15 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordweaverlynn.livejournal.com
If they're not all identified in a day or so, I'll ID them.

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