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The book meme, revisited

I didn't think I'd made it so hard.  :-(

Everyone's honest; no one went out and googled the answer to one of the books.  :-0

Here are some clues if anyone still wants to guess.

(1)  Book 1 (Rooter) quote:  Second volume of a four-volume science fiction work.  Contains a pronunciation guide for Portuguese names.

(2)  Book 2 (Pyle) quote:  The recent film version of the novel saw an Oscar nomination for one of the leads.

(3)  Book 4 (Dolphin) quote:  The Circus.

(4)  Book 5 (Bunny) quote:  A first novel by a 28-year-old author.  Fans waited ten years for the next book.

The post with the quotes is here:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/aswanargent/19616.html

(Don't know why I can't link without showing the whole address ...)

Going to lunch now.  Back later to do "Monster Mash" lyrics.

 

Comments

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rosybug
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Well, the only one I could answer was number five - Donna Tartt's The Secret History. I should have recognized Portrait of a Lady!
aswanargent
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
I think the thing that amazes me the most is that she started writing this when she was still a college student. I don't know many 21- or 22-year-olds who can write like this.
rosybug
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was certainly a very mature piece of writing! Well, I'm going to post some of my favorite opening lines in my LJ. I don't think they're quite as tricky as yours! :)
aswanargent
Apr. 18th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
Were they tricky? With the exception of the Le Carré quote, they all seemed obvious to me (well, obvious if you've read the books I suppose). And with Le Carré, I thought people would recognize him, even if they weren't sure which book the line was taken from. I'll look forward to seeing (and trying to guess) your lines.
rosybug
Apr. 18th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
My first quote is not nearly as tough as Le Carre! The others may seem a little enigmatic - I must say I wouldn't recognise them myself, but I loved the books they were from!
babycakesin
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
putaindebordeldemerde my stupid computer won't let me access your original post (stupid computer!)
4. give your description, how about The Beach?
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
Nope. My original post was done on Monday April 11; if the link doesn't work, just go to my lj and find it by the date.
babycakesin
Apr. 14th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
there's nothing wrong with LJ (for once), just with my work computer lol
rileyc
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
OK, I'm going to make a couple of non-specific guesses here. *g*

1. One of the Hitchhiker's Guide books by Douglas Adams -- Restaurant at the end End of the Universe?

2. One of John Le Carre's spy thrillers. Which one, I have no idea. :(
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
Nope, not Douglas Adams.

Book 2 (Pyle quote) isn't Le Carré. He is, however, the source of one of the other quotes.
greedy_dancer
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
well to be honest i googled them all ... but then realized i'd read none of them so i didn't want to spoil other people's fun! lol
magickslash
Apr. 13th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ok, I cheated
1. Speaker For The Dead by Orson Scott Card, yes?
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
Re: Ok, I cheated
Yes indeed!

You know, when I tried Google I just searched for the character name, and I only got an immediate hit for one of the books (not this one). greedy_dancer says she got results for all of them. I wonder, did you and she use the whole line in your searches?
magickslash
Apr. 14th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Ok, I cheated
I just put "Rooter" and "pequeninos" into Google. The first link listed was for the right book, and it actually quoted the same line you did on the Google page.
french_hobbit
Apr. 14th, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
Don't know why I can't link without showing the whole address
Code here:
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/aswanargent/19616.html>Linkblabla</a>


I've read the quotes, but nothing rang a bell :(
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:13 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I've always tried to do it using the rich text option, and that just doesn't seem to work. I'll try it with the code next time.

I'll list all the books and authors on Monday, plus write a bit about why I like these works.
french_hobbit
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
I forgot a quote, should be better like that, sorry:

<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/aswanargent/19616.html">Thisisalink</a>
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Encore une fois, merci!
french_hobbit
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Pas de quoi, ça me fait plaisir d'aider ;)
aswanargent
Apr. 14th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
You just say pas de quoi rather than il n'y a pas de quoi?
french_hobbit
Apr. 14th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Yes, pas de quoi is more fluid when you're speaking :)
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