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International Book Week

There’s a little meme that pops up on Facebook every so often. I have no idea if it really is International Book Week, but I thought it would be fun to grab some of the oddball books floating around the office and leave some random sentences here on the blog. What I am doing differently, though, is making the titles white on white below the sentence. Select with your mouse to see what the answers are.

If you feel like it, put your closest book in the comments. Should be interesting! 

It’s International Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don’t mention the title.

“In the opinion of our highest scholars and savants, he is a scientific research worker and collector probably unique in the history of the world.”

You Only Live Twice, Ian Fleming 

“In their meetings with other public health officials for years after the 1976 outbreak, surviving members of the Yambuku crew always placed the deadly filovirus in a special, particularly fearsome category: a small assemblage of hemorrhagic fever viruses that included Lassa, yellow river, Marburg Disease, and a handful of others, most of which were only discovered in the last three decades of the twentieth century.”

Betrayal of Trust, Laurie Garrett

“But a writer can still create such imaginary worlds and place them around another star – that wouldn’t contradict real-world knowledge, and the universe is vast enough to justify almost any kind of world.”

Notes to a Science Fiction Writer, Ben Bova

“Yeah, we did, didn’t we?”

The Tub of Happiness, Howard Tayler

“In large scale conflicts, dust-off is the evacuation of wounded from the field of battle, typically under fire.”

Resident Mad Scientist, Howard Tayler

“Around 5,000 kamikaze pilots are thought to have died during World War II.”

The Essential Militaria, Nicholas Hobbes

“Bes had left her a note tacked to the barn door.”

Vulcan’s Kittens, Cedar Sanderson

“Any patient who has bled enough to exhibit the signs and symptoms of compensatory shock and who does not improve rapidly with treatment should be evacuated.”

The Wilderness First Responder, Buck S. Tilton, et. al. 

“do not use in combination with other nanopharmaceuticals…”

Something Wicked Vol. 1, ed. by Joe Vaz

“As new forms of media develop and clutter becomes ever more intense, it’s the asset of permission that will generate profits for marketers. ”

Permission Marketing, Seth Godin

Oh, and two notes about these quotes! One, they are all paper books that live in my office for either short-term or long term research purposes. E-books don’t work for this, as they are ever-changing when it comes to page numbers. Two, I didn’t arrange them at all, they were written down in order or the stack of books I scooped up. But this would be an awfully fun way to create a story challenge, wouldn’t it? 

 

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