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The aristocratic thugs of the High City whistle as they go about their factional games among the derelict observatories and abandoned fortifications at Lowth. Distant or close at hand, these exchanges-short commanding blasts and protracted responses which often end on what you imagine is an interrogative note-form the basis of a complex language, to the echo of which you wake suddenly in the leaden hour before dawn. Go to the window: the street is empty.
M. John Harrison Viriconium Knights
originally posted by: Dan00
a reply to: zosimov
Well, there's a lot of great stuff to read. It makes me a little sad that I don't think to read much fiction anymore. But your thread has got me motivated to get back on it and I have books coming in the mail.
Maybe we should take turns posting one and then the rest could offer a critical post?
I ain't going first.
originally posted by: JDeLattre89
Books in mail? I have about 6000 in the garage. I dig out a box at a time, and read some more over again.
originally posted by: Astyanax
I fear this has degenerated into people posting the first lines of their favourite books without judging the quality of the first lines themselves.
Genesis 1:1? That’s the way a kindergartener begins a story. Come on.
Well I can't say I have 6000, but there are books aplenty here. I still find myself ordering new ones all the time. It's like Christmas waiting for the mailman to deliver the wrapped package .
Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French.