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Post Cool Quotes (AKA Recommendations via Quotes Thread)

Discussion in 'Books & Literature' started by Neon, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. Neon

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    So there already is a literary quotes thread but this is a bit different. The idea is to post cool quotes from books you are reading as a way to recommend a book. Sometimes I find that an interesting quote, even taken completely out of context, can sometimes attract me to a book more than a synopsis since it also gives you a glimpse of the writing and narrative style.

    I'll get to some examples in a second, but first let me just ask that we try to avoid spoilery quotes, and in general try to keep the quotes pretty vague, including removing names or places that could spoil something (for example, just write: "Suddenly ___ saw a flash of light and blah blah blah" instead of the name).

    So here are a few examples, the first of which is from the book I am currently reading:

    Otherland 3: Mountain of Black Glass by Tad Williams

    Wool by Hugh Howey

    The Passage by Justin Cronin (kept the name in because this is literally the first sentence in the book)

    There is something about quotes like this that I really like. They are like intentional spoilers but kept vague enough so that you just know some heavy shit is going to happen, but not what heavy shit.

    Anyway - share some quotes that can serve as recommendations for cool books. And go.
     
  2. TomC

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    :) heard this one just today :)
     
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    "In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes."
    Eye of The World by Robert Jordan
     
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    Chapter 81 of Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson.

    Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson.

    We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch
     
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    House of Leaves

    Survivor - Palahnuik
     
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    I love that Palhnuik quote and agree with it.
     
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    Yeah that one really jumped out at me when I was reading that book... it's dead on.
     
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    Brandon Sanderson-Way of Kings
     
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    "I drank what?" -Socrates
     
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    Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
     
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    i want to get into him, what are good Chuck Palhnuik books to start with?
     
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    I don't know his work either but I'm sure @whiskeyguy can help.
     
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    I'm kind of envious of people who can remember quotes or poems or long passages. I'm so supremely shitty at that.
     
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    Yeah but if you had the ability, you could never use it because it would result in an ass beating.
     
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    I can throw down in a literary nerd fight.
     
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    You've probably seen Fight Club... if not, definitely read that first. If so, it's still worth the read. Probably the best introduction to Palahnuik.

    If you've seen Fight Club, I would start with something else... just to get a feel of how he twists you through a story you went into completely ignorant of the ending. Survivor is perhaps my favorite novel of his, and would be a good place to start. Invisible Monsters should be reserved for when you know if you really like his writing style or not (it really dives deep into character development and psychology). Lullaby is a twisted fucking novel, so it would make a good second one to read(probably wouldn't start with it, it's nice to build to it).
     
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    thanks!
     
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    First Law Series by Joe Abercrombie...

     
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    Even as a Joe Abercrombie super-fan I can't quite remember that exact quote. Was that Logen Ninefingers, or maybe even Black Dow?

    Abercrombie writes the most bad-ass dialogue of anyone out there. Like this cracker from BEST SERVED COLD:

    "You were a hero round these parts. That's what they call you when you kill so many people the word murderer falls short."
     
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    It was Logen from The Blade Itself.
     
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    A few more from Blood Meridian.

     
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    Lost Fleet 2: Fearless....Jack Campbell
     
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    "Fantasy has had some problems with being too repetitive, in my opinion. I try to read what other people are doing--and say, 'How can I add to this rather than just recycle it? How can I stand on Tolkien's shoulders rather than stand tied to his kneecaps?'"
    --Brandon Sanderson, whose book Words of Radiance, the follow-up to The Way of Kings is set to release in 2014.
     
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    But the English are growing visibly cleaner, and we may hope that in a hundred years they will be almost as clean as the Japanese.

    George Orwell, Road to Wigan Pier
     
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