Step 1: Pick out 10 books you love.
Step 2: Write down the first line (or two, if you feel it necessary)--and try to avoid using specific terms, character or place names if possible.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess where the quote is from. (No fair Googling!)
Step 4: When someone guesses correctly, italicize the quote and put the title and author after it, with credit to the first correct guesser.1)
"Hey, Mouse! Play us something," one of the mechanics called from the bar.2) Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach.
-- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, Watchmen
-- nailed 2005-09-12 by scoreboard3) Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
-- nailed 2005-09-11 by angelamermaid4)
The apartments of Joaz Banbeck, carved deep from the heart of a limestone crag, consisted of five principal chambers, on five different levels.5)
A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.6)
Story, place and time -- these are the essentials. The story is simple. There was a boy who bought the planet Earth.7)
That golden shape on the golden steps shook and fluttered like a bird gone mad --8)
Right in the middle of my life, I realized that I wasn't where I wanted to be.9)
Warning! You think about 60,000 thoughts a day.10)
In the year 1901, it was the custom at Harvard for seniors to entertain the incoming freshmen at "beer night", where crackers and cheese and beer, to those who drank, and ginger ale, to those who did not drink, were served.Finally, an extra gimme -- I love it too much to leave out, but it won't remain a puzzle for more than about two nanoseconds:11) When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings/The Fellowship of the Ring
-- nailed 2005-09-11 by viridescence