12 February 2008

Just for fun ...

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.


Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

I liked the movie, but didn't read the book. I think I liked it a little bit more than I normally would have -- just because Christian groups were so dead-set against it.

I'll do the meme this week, as the closest book to me now is Atlas Shrugged.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

On second thought, I just read those three sentences and, out of context, they make no sense whatsoever. So, I'll probably skip it.

Chris said...

From "L" is for Lawless by Sue Grafton -

Page 123, 6th, 7th, and 8th sentences are:

I found the stairwell and headed up the stairs two at a time. I didn't dare risk the hotel elevators. I pictured Mrs. Spitz notifying Security, guards swarming the exits in search of me.

Strange that both books' snippets involve entering a building.


a very public sociologist said...

Aaagh, you've been infected with this blog meme too! Must ... resist! ...