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Ahah!

I know that one. Stephen Fry's "The Hippopotamus".

I'm currently at work, so I'll post a new entry to this thread when I get home and have access to my books.
And to think it was sitting right next to my computer, waiting to be read. :(

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Stephen Fry's "The Hippopotamus".

Totally.
10-23-2007 at 09:46 PM
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OK, here's one for you all to guess.

It was thirst that awakened me.

And I knew at once where I was and what I was, too.

There were no sweet mortal dreams of chilled white wine or the fresh green grass beneath the apple treeas in my father's orchard.

In the narrow darkness of the stone coffin, I felt of my fangs with my fingers and found them dangerously long and keen as little knife blades.


More passages will be posted if it's not guessed.

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10-24-2007 at 02:59 AM
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If it's not "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice, I'll be surprised.

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If it's not "Interview with a Vampire" by Anne Rice, I'll be surprised.
It isn't, actually :) You're on the right kind of lines though.

(and the book you're thinking of is Interview with THE vampire, not A vampire. But it's still not the right answer)

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Well, count me surprised. It's obviously Anne Rice from the writing style. Probably "The Vampire Lestat".

Beats me why she titled it "The Vampire" by the way. If my English serves, you can only get away with definite article when either it's already known which particular vampire it is, or it's the only vampire around. And neither is true, right?

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Well, count me surprised. It's obviously Anne Rice from the writing style. Probably "The Vampire Lestat".

Beats me why she titled it "The Vampire" by the way. If my English serves, you can only get away with definite article when either it's already known which particular vampire it is, or it's the only vampire around. And neither is true, right?
I think she called it that because it sounded better. Either way, you're correct - it was "The Vampire Lestat". Have some points, a potato, and it's your go.

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you can only get away with definite article when either it's already known which particular vampire it is, or it's the only vampire around. And neither is true, right?
Ah, but it is known which vampire it is. It's the only one who's ever been interviewed.
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Hmm...
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"Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror."


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"Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth."


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Fifty years is ample time in which to change a world and its people almost beyond recognition. All that is required for the task are a sound knowledge of social engineering, a clear sight of the intended goal and power.

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"The mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear."


The book is not originally in English by the way.

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Oh... is it the Bible? *goes to look...* Yes. Although technically you've quoted from different books (Isaiah, Job, Habbakuk).

Anyway, time for me to find something...

EDIT: This might be too obscure (and slightly wrong as I'm going from memory), but I've always loved this book and it might well be the kind of thing people here know.

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"We must plot and plan!"
"Very well! You plot, I'll plan, then add it together and divide it by two."


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I guess "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman.

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Erk. Forgot about this. And sadly I won't have access to the book for ages and Google isn't helping me... so I'll reveal that it is Noel Langley's The Land of Green Ginger.

I'll pass to anyone who has anything to put up (I'm lacking in books slightly here...)

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I'll reveal that it is Noel Langley's The Land of Green Ginger.

Oh, so that's where The Orb nicked their samples from... :D

np: The Orb - The Land Of Green Ginger (Bicycles & Tricycles)

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I'll reveal that it is Noel Langley's The Land of Green Ginger.

Oh, so that's where The Orb nicked their samples from... :D

np: The Orb - The Land Of Green Ginger (Bicycles & Tricycles)

Heh, my thoughts exactly :D

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A Poem To The Girl I Just Met, Specifically A Haiku, The Title Of Which Is Now Substantially Longer Than The Poem Itself, Oh, The Irony


Her name is Zoe
Smile like a summer breeze
Please don't have me cubed.

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You are correct. That was in Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi.

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Someone else can go instead of me, I honestly don't read much, although if no-one can think of one I'll think of something.

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I'll go.

...One little soldier boy, sitting all alone, he went and hanged himself..

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That sounds familiar. "Ten Little Indians".

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That's the poem, you're next.
It's used in Agatha Christie's book, And Then There Were None.

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The book was originally published under the title "Ten Little Niggers", in some editions it was changed to "Ten Little Indians" and then the American version was "And Then There Were None." That's what I was referring to. Good book by the way.

My quote should be easy enough:
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space."

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

Have to read it for summer homework.

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

Have to read it for summer homework.
You are the luckiest kid I've ever seen.

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For *homework* that's like "go eat ice-cream all day" as a punishment.

When I were a lad we had to grind "Lucky Jim" for summer homework.

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Correct of course ;)

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For *homework* that's like "go eat ice-cream all day" as a punishment.

When I were a lad we had to grind "Lucky Jim" for summer homework.

True, but it was on a LIST of 4 nasty books and a jewel.

Next,
"Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you'd never know which was which?"

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