Category: "Books: Excerpt"

February 20th, 2012
Michael Connelly - Trunk MusicBosch had never liked Las Vegas, though he came often on cases. It shared a kinship with Los Angeles; both were places desperate people ran to. Often, when they ran from Los Angeles, they came here. It was the only place left. Beneath the veneer of glitz and money and energy and sex beat a dark heart. No matter how much they tried to dress her up with neon and family entertainment, she was still a whore.

November 22nd, 2011
Charles Baxter - The Feast of Love - 17Every relationship has at least one really good day. What I mean is, no matter how sour things go, there's always that day. That day is always in your possession. That's the day you remember. You get old and you think: well, at least I had that day. It happened once. You think all the variables might just line up again. But they don't. Not always. I once talked to a woman who said, "Yeah, that's the day we had an angel around."

November 14th, 2011
Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

What a waste of time, all that measuring myself against other people. The only ruler that matters is the one I pull out at the end of the day. Did I do my best? Did I tell the truth? Was I helpful to my fellows?

And, did I make something good to eat?

November 9th, 2011
Christopher Paolini - Eragon - 172"People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't."

November 1st, 2011
The Finkler Question by Howard JacobsonIt was only when he waved goodbye that it occurred to Treslove that his old friend wanted company. Libor was right - Finkler was seeking love. A man without a wife can be lonely in a big black Mercedes, no matter how many readers he has.

October 18th, 2011
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell"Sometimes there is truth buried in the old tales," he said seriously.

October 12th, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThere are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere.

October 4th, 2011
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World - 225Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy. Yes, even science.

September 19th, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldIn the background is the hiss of the gas heater; we hear the sound without hearing it for, side by side, together and miles apart, we are deep in our books.

September 6th, 2011
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones"A man who won't listen can't hear."