1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to p. 123.
3. Go down to the 5th sentence.
4. Type in the following 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.
OK. The nearest book at hand right now is a paperback copy of The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman. On the cover it has a compass-like thing with arcane symbols around the edge in the foreground; in the background is a child standing next to a gigantic polar bear (all I needed to see to get the book, since I'm truly partial to polar bears). The bear and the child are looking across a plain of snow at a glowing city.
Page 123, sixth, seventh and eighth sentences:
There was a light in the parley room window. It was too high to look through, but she could hear a low rumble of voices inside. So she walked up to the door and knocked firmly on it five times.
I heard that the film version of The Golden Compass wasn't particularly good, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, which did indeed include a wonderful polar bear, whose name is Iorek Byrnison, as a major character. The story is written simply but beautifully, and the author is masterful at painting with words. I also heard that the story was controversial as being down on religion and promoting atheism. Maybe. I think it depends on how you read it. Personally, I was looking for a good story that took me to another place and time. It did that, and more.
I won't tag anyone, since participating in these memes ought not to be obligatory. But do enjoy, if it catches your fancy.
12 February 2008