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Five Favorite Books Meme - Jamieson Cobleigh

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As seen on rj_anderson's blog:

Pick passages from five of your favorite books. The first book's passage should come from the fifth page, the second from the tenth, the third from the fifteenth, the fourth from the twentieth, and the fifth from the twenty-fifth. Do not give the titles and see if your flist guesses the books.

  1. Carruthers pulled a piece of paper from the pocket of his coveralls. "The altar candlesticks and cross from the high altar and the Smiths' Chapel were saved by Provost Howard and the fire watch and taken to the police station. Also a silver paten and chalice, a wooden crucifix, a silver wafer box, the Epistles, the Gospels, and the regimental colors of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Seventh Battalion," he read.

    It matched the list in Provost Howard's account of the raid. "And not the bishop's bird stump," I said, surveying the rubble. "Which means it's here somewhere."

  2. My pager had delivered a disconcerting message; the unstealable had just been stolen. It was not the first time the Martin Chuzzlewit manuscript had been purloined. Two years before it had been removed from its case by a security man who wanted nothing more than to read the book in its pure and unsullied state. Unable to live with himself or decipher Dickens's handwriting past the third page, he eventually confessed and the manuscript was recovered. He spent five years sweating over lime kilns on the edge of Dartmoor.

    (This is actually page 11, but page 10 is blank, so it is the 10th page of text. Yes, this is a flimsy rationalization, but I'm sticking with it, so there.)

  3. The old man looked up quickly. "Not your fault, boy, not your fault. You were caught in the wheels of change and chance just like the rest of us. It was pure chance, that the assassin chose that particular poison to try and kill your father. He wasn't even aiming for your mother. You've done well despite it. We---we just expected too much of you, that's all. Let no one say you have not done well."

  4. "Oh, so am I," said Mr. Young, leaping gratefully onto this new ice floe in the bewildering stream of consciousness. Yes, you knew where you were with the Royals. The proper ones, of course, who pulled their weight in the hand-waving and bridge-opening department. Not the ones who went to discos all night long and were sick all over the paparazzi.*

    "That's nice," said Sister Mary. "I thought you people weren't too keen on them, what with revoluting and throwing all those tea-sets into the river."

    She chattered on, encouraged by the Order's instruction that members should always say what was on their minds. Mr. Young was out of his depth, and too tired now to worry about it very much.

    *It is possibly with mentioning at this point that Mr. Young thought that paparazzi was a kind of Italian linoleum.

  5. Aunt Marge reached for her glass of wine.

    "It's one of the basic rules of breeding," she said. "You see it all the time with dogs. If there's something wrong with the bitch, there'll be something wrong with the pup --- "

    At the moment, the wineglass Aunt Marge was holding exploded in her hand. Shards of glass flew in every direction and Aunt Marge sputtered and blinked, her great ruddy face dripping.

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From:bzarcher
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
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#3 - the Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Correct! Have you read The Hallowed Hunt yet?
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From:bzarcher
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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No! Is that a new fantasy one, or a Vorkosigan?

I've been bad about keeping up with her new books. I only managed to remember Diplomatic Immunity because my parents got me a pre-order as a gift.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
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It's a new fantasy one. She hasn't written a Vorkosigan since Diplomatic Immunity. I've read all three of her recent fantasy novels and enjoyed them. I saw recently that she's currently working on a fantasy new novel, and does not currently have plans for another Vorkosigan novel.
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From:rj_anderson
Date:July 26th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Well, after you've put your hero through just about every possible physical and emotional torture known to man, what else can an author really do but move on? :)
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From:bzarcher
Date:July 26th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I was hoping that'd be half the fun, actually. :D

Besides, the idea of Miles having to run after not only his stepson but his biological children, while dealing with Auditorium? Hilarity and drama could easily ensue.

(Plus, I hate to admit it, but while the fantasy books are good writing, they haven't grabbed and siezed me like the Vorkosigan books do.)
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
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I have to agree with you. I like her fantasy books, but if I want to introduce someone to LMB, I give them a Vorkosigan book.
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From:bzarcher
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
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*nods* And I wouldn't be surprised if even she realizes that's where the majority of her fanbase is, and she's just waiting for a good load of fresh ideas before she goes back in.

(I hope. :D)

Plus - Ivan! Good god, what will happen to Ivan now that he's adrift in bachelordom?
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
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True. I can understand why she'd want to try something else, but I'd love to see her right a book about Ivan.
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From:rj_anderson
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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#2 is THE EYRE AFFAIR, I believe?
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 26th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Correct! Though it the UK paperback printing. My US printing is out on loan at the moment.
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From:rj_anderson
Date:July 26th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I got the Bujold and (of course) #1 and #5 as well, but I am fascinated and baffled by #4...
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
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Yes, my #1 was your #1, but I didn't recognize the quote when it was on your list. *hangs head in shame*
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
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Re: #4

I started with a smaller passage from that book, but decided to make it a longer passage to include a footnote, which I thought would be a significant clue to the book. I'll post the answer soon.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
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By the way, have you picked up Fforde's new book The Big Over Easy yet? I have it, but haven't started it yet, since I am currently reading Silverlock, which is an older book that is the closest thing I've ever seen to The Eyre Affair. In Silverlock, John Myers Myers tends more towards adventure than humor and delves more into much older sources (The Bible and Beowolf, for example), but it is a lot of fun.
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From:dasubergeek
Date:July 26th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
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#5, of course, is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

But I cheated... you told me it was your favourite of the series the other day. :)
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
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Correct!
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From:kateycp2k
Date:July 26th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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#5 - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
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Correct!
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From:kateycp2k
Date:July 27th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
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That scene was one of the best ones in the film adaptation of that book.

Cannot wait for Goblet of Fire.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:July 27th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
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reveilles and I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory yesterday and we saw the preview for Goblet of Fire and it looks good. We also so the preview for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit starring Wallace and Gromit which I am really looking forward to.
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