Quote: Gods of the Mountain

…he dreaded being turned on suddenly by one of them.

~Chapter 33

page 186 of Gods of the Mountain

 

I realize the author means “attacked by”, but that is some really awkward writing. So of course, this is what sprang to mind:

 

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Pure sweet monkey love. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

 

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A Quote from the novel “Light”

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Her answering cry could barely contain the force of all her grief and self-disgust and unvoiced rage.

– Page 73, Light by M. John Harrison

 

Yeah, we’ll see if this pans out for me or not.  So far it’s been nothing but disjointed story fragments filled with selfish characters who are filled with emotions like the quote. Not a promising start, for sure.

 

Heretics of Dune Quote

You don’t write for success.  That takes part of your attention away from the writing. If you’re really doing it, that’s all you’re doing; writing.

There’s an unwritten compact between you and the reader. If someone enters a bookstore and sets down hard earned money [energy] for your book, you owe that person some entertainment and as much more as you can give.

An Introduction to Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert

 

To bad more writers today don’t take that advice!

 

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Stinger Quote

This was too much for Cody to comprehend all at one time. Meeting a little girl from outer space in the middle of Brazos Street was weird enough, but a galactic bounty hunter in a black pyramid was one brainblaster too many.

Stinger, Page 322

Probably the best line in this book so far.

While this isn’t bad, McCammon hasn’t impressed me any more than when I read his The Border.  I’m only 60% done, so there’s still time for some mind blowing’ness to happen. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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I was hoping for a bit more of this instead of two bit gangs and a small timer for a drug cartel.

 

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Olya knew that, because she’d read about it on the Internet, and the result of three years of obsessive reading is not merely superfluous knowledge, but also excessive confidence in the printed word.

Page 27

 

“A Jewish vampire?” I exclaimed in amazement. “Well, he certainly violated all the Talmudic prohibitions.”

Page 219

The Sixth Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

Don Quixote: Part II: Chapters 17-22

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Up to page 638

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

The block quotes are quotes from the book.

Everything else are just my thoughts as I’m typing along here

 

 

 

Chapter 17

In which Quixote fights lions but they won’t fight him.

 

The History relates, that, when Don Quixote called out to Sancho to bring him his helmet, he was buying some curds of the shepherds; …

he knew not what to do with them, nor how to bestow them: andthat he might no lose them, now they were paid for, he bethought him of clapping them into his master’s helmet…

YES!!!

 

What can this mean, Sancho? methinks my skull is softening or my brains melting,

We knew this from the beginning.

 

Don Quixote only observed him (the lion) with attention, wishing he would leap out from the car, and grapple with him, that he might tear him in pieces; to such a pitch of extravagance had his unheard-of madness transported him.

To bad he didn’t get his wish. My bet would have been on the lion.

 

 

Chapter 18

In which Quixote visits a house and Poetry ensues.

 

 

Chapter 19

In which Quixote and Sancho meet some people who invite them to a wedding. Said people fight amongst themselves but stay friends.

 

Both the scholars and the countrymen fell into the same admiration, that all others did at the first sight of Don Quixote, and eagerly desired to know what man this was, so different in appearance from other men.

Doesn’t ANYBODY mind their own business?

 

…but nowadays that is little regarded; for riches are able to solder up abundance of flaws.

Ha, times haven’t changed a bit

 

The wife is not a commodity, which, when once bought, you can exchange, or swap, or return.

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from Jehovah. Proverbs 18:22

 

 

Chapter 20

In which they come to the wedding. Sancho stuffs his face and argues with Quixote.

 

The first thing that presented itself to Sancho’s  sight, was a whole bullock… round it were placed six pots…entire sheep were sunk and swallowed up in them… The hares…and the fowls…were without number…Sancho counted above three score skins, each of above twenty-four quarts….Cheeses ranged like bricks formed a kind of wall.

Sancho beheld all, considered all, and was in love with everything.

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

 

‘Good, your worship, judge of your own chivalries,’ answered Sancho, ‘and meddle not with judging of other men’s fears or valours.

Too bad more people don’t take this advice

 

 

Chapter 21

In which a wedding trick is played

 

‘Hold a little, inconsiderate and hasty people!’

…all knew him to be the gallant Basilius…

‘Long live the rich Camacho with the ungrateful Quiteria;’…

…and so saying…and drawing out a short tuck…he threw himself upon it; and in an instant half the bloody point appeared at his back.

Now THAT’S how you ruin a wedding!

 

‘For one so much wounded,’ quoth Sancho Panza at this period,  ‘this young man talks a great deal.’

It’s a TRAP -Admiral Ackbar

 

‘and pray, consider, that love and war are exactly alike;’

“All is fair in love and war” IS NOT from Shakespeare. I never knew that.

 

 

Chapter 22

In which Quixote and Sancho pick up a guide and head to some guide. AFTER they’ve stayed with the newlyweds for 3 DAYS!!!

 

Don Quixote affirmed, it could not nor ought to be called deceit, which aims at virtuous ends…

The Ends do not justify the Means

 

‘I for my part am not married, nor have I yet ever thought of being so: yet would I venture to give my advice to anyone,’

The worst kind of advice giver

 

 

 

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Quixote and the Lion that wouldn’t Fight

 

Shadow’s Edge: A Small Selection

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They closed on the young man, every one of them—even his brother—and began beating him.

It would have been faster if Garoth had let the squad wear gauntlets or use the butts of spears or the flat of blades, but he thought it was better this way. When the blood began flowing and spraying off flesh as it was pummeled, it shouldn’t get on the squad’s clothing. It should get on their skin. Let them feel the warmth of the young man’s blood as he died. Let them know the cost of cowardice. Khalidorans did not flee.

The squad attacked with gusto. The circle closed and screams rose. There was something intimate about naked meat slapping naked meat. The young man disappeared and all that could be seen was elbows rising and disappearing with every punch and feet being drawn back for new kicks. And moments later, blood. With the short straw, the young man had become their weakness. It was Khali’s decree. He was no longer brother or friend, he was all they had done wrong.

In two minutes, the young man was dead.

Shadow’s Edge, Page 14 by Brent Weeks

 

As much as I may talk a macho manly game, filled with violence and threats of ultimate destruction, the truth is that passages like the above still disturb me greatly.  I like Brent Weeks’ work, but between him and Neal Asher sometimes I wonder if I’m searing my conscience. Then I dive right back in and keep on reading.

 

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