Category: "Books: Excerpt"

August 29th, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield"Silence is not a natural environment for stories," Miss Winter told me once. "They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you."

August 16th, 2011
George R. R. Martin - A Game of Thrones"Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you."

June 20th, 2011
Robin Hobb - Royal Assassin - 253"No, my dear. But I promise you I shall take care of it this morning, in my room." To call her "my dear" made me feel as a man as no words ever had before. I kissed her, promising myself that I would go immediately afterward, but I found myself lingering to her touch on my neck. I sighed, "I do have to go."

June 2nd, 2011
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldI've nothing against people who love truth. Apart from the fact that they make dull companions. Just so long as they don't start on about storytelling and honesty, the way some of them do. Naturally that annoys me. But provided they leave me alone, I won't hurt them.

May 26th, 2011
Eragon by Christopher PaoliniPeople have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't.

May 17th, 2011
F. Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise - 163SHE: Let's pretend.
HE: No -- I can't -- it's sentiment.
SHE: You're not sentimental?
HE: No, I'm romantic -- a sentimental person thinks things will last -- a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. Sentiment is emotional.

May 9th, 2011
Bram Stoker - Dracula - 26I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me!

May 3rd, 2011
The Finkler Question by Howard JacobsonTreslove looked up at the moon and let his head spin. He loved these warm high evenings, solitary and excluded. He took hold of the bars as though he meant to tear the gates down, but he did nothing violent, just listened to the park breathe. Anyone watching might have taken him for an inmate of an institution, a prisoner or a madman, desperate to get out. But there was another interpretation of his demeanor: he could have been desperate to get in.

April 25th, 2011
Per Petterson - Out Stealing Horses - 186But of course, if you want a life of leisure, you have to take a big risk once in a while, according to Franz.

April 20th, 2011
Charles Baxter - The Feast of Love - 25What I'm saying is: that day was here and then it was gone, but I remember it, so it exists somewhere, and somewhere all those events are still happening and still going on forever. I believe that.