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The sky, over the port, was the color of television tuned to a dead station.

William Gibson

Morgaine speaks... In my time I have been called many things: sister, lover, priestess, wisewoman, queen.

Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon

About a hundred years ago, they say, there was a mermaid who ruled the cold, wild sea that washes around northern lands.

Mollie Hunter
The Mermaid Summer

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.

Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

Stephen King
The Dark Tower, The Gunslinger

He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

Raphael Sabatini

Behavioral Science, the FBI section that deals with serial murder, is on the bottom floor of the Academy building at Quantico, half-buried in the earth.

Thomas Harry
The Silence of the Lambs

There is a watch lying on the green carpet of the living room of my childhood. The hands seem to stand motionless at 9:10, freezing time when it happened.

Gerda Weissmann Klein
All But My Life

I am making this statement as an act of wilfil defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

Pat Barker

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene...

William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

Vladimir Nabokov

In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains.

Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms

Whenever my mother talks to me,she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.

Amy Tan
The Kitchen God's Wife

When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

John Wyndham
The Day of the Triffids

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The Holy Bible

On friday, June 12th, I woke up at six o'clock and no wonder; it was my birthday.

Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl

"Man," said Terl, "is an endangered species."

Battlefield Earth: Saga of the Year 3000

A spectre is haunting Europe--the spectre of communism.

Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
The Communist Manifesto

Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.

The Odyssey

They're out there.

Ken Kesey
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

It began as a mistake.

Charles Bukowski
Post Office

As I stepped out of the darkness of the movie theater into the brightness of the road, I had two things on my mind; Paul Newman and a ride home.

The Outsiders

There comes a screaming across the sky, it is like something you have heard before, but there is nothing to compare it with now.

Thomas Pynchon
Gravity's Rainbow

All this happened, more or less.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Slaughterhouse Five

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

Aldous Huxley
Brave New World

Sing about the Rage, Goddess, of Peleus´ son Achilleus.


Early one morning I, Vadim Maslennikov, set off for school having forgotten the envelope with the first-semester fees Mother had left me in the dining room the day before.

M. Ageyev
Novel with Cocaine

Riding up the winding road of Saint Agnes Cemetery in the back of the rattling old truck, Francis Phelan became aware that the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods.

William Kennedy

I had a farm in Africa.

Isak Dinesen
Out of Africa

Of man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death into the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater man
Restore us, and regain the blissful seat.

John Milton
Paradise Lost

Vietnam, me love you long time. All day, all night, me love you long time.

Alex Garland
The Beach

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.

George Orwell
Animal Farm

Apart from life, a strong constitusion and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla

Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.

A. A. Milne

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolsoy
Anna Karenina

Sing in me, muse, of arms and a man, who first from the shores of Troy.


Once there was a boy called Jacob Two-Two. He was two plus two plus two years old. He had two ears and two eyes and two arms and two feet and two shoes.

Mordecai Richler
Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang

It is with a kind of fear that I begin to write the history of my life.

Helen Keller
The Story of My Life

The Nargun was born of the rocks when the world began; it was part of the Dreamtime; it saw the Aborigines come and go.

Patricia Wrightson
The Nargun and the Stars

The hills are full of Irish people.

Ruth Park
The Harp in the South

The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.

Ursula Le Guin
A Wizard of Earthsea

Describe, using diagrams where appropriate, the exact circumstances leading to your death.

Grant Naylor
Red Dwarf

This is where the gods play games with the lives of men, on a board which is at one and the same time a simple playing area and the whole world. And Fate always wins.

Terry Pratchett
Interesting Times

If you're going to read this, don't bother.


It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.

Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Back in the late 1970's, when I was fifteen years old, I spent every penny I then had in the bank to fly across the continent in a 747 jet to Brandon, Manitoba, deep in the Canadian prairies, to witness a total eclipse of the sun.

Douglas Coupland
Generation X

"Bear me no ill will," I said. "We are even. For you see... what has died in this room tonight is the last vestige in me of what was human."

Anne Rice
Interview With The Vampire