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Friday
Dec052008

A Very Strange Book Meme

I’ve been tagged by David Heddle for this meme. I am compelled to follow these instructions.

Take ten books, and transcribe the fifth sentence from page fifty six.

In keeping with the 5, 56 thing, Make sure that at least five books are fiction, provide five hints, and pass the meme on to six other bloggers.

So here goes:

Ten fifth sentences from page 56 of ten books

  1. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
  2. They will always send you free books.
  3. Whatever happened, he must take some action, or else …
  4. “I lost ten for passive-voice, too,” Maya said.
  5. Only in recent times (and the rumors I had heard were vague) his star at court had waned, he had had to leave Avignon, and the Pope had this indomitable man pursued as a heretic who per mundum discurrit vagabundus.
  6. I’m sure you would rather turn around.
  7. He looked around for the bird now because he would have liked him for company.
  8. Accordingly, the doctrine of the Trinity and the doctrine of redemption, historically, stand or fall together.
  9. O’Kane climbed the ladder from the conning tower to the bridge, where he soon stood beside Bill Leibold, whom he regarded as his “extra pair of eyes.”
  10. God’s Word in the Old Testament is his creative utterance, his power of action fulfilling his purpose.

Five hints (I’ve updated by giving the numbers of the lines the hints go with)

  1. You would expect someone from Minnesota to have at least one book by this author. (6)
  2. You would expect David Heddle to have at least one book by this author. (4)
  3. I know at least one person who is reading this book right now. (1)
  4. I think this book is stolen. (2)
  5. Yes, it’s by a Russian. (3)

I hate tagging people, but it would ruin the pattern of the meme if I didn’t, wouldn’t it?

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Reader Comments (14)

This is actually really cool! Now, I have something to post today, too!

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKim in On

I don't think I've even got 5 fictional books on my shelf at the moment, but I'll see what I can do . . .

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterScott McClare

Number 4 looks vaguely familiar...

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Heddle

Number 4 looks vaguely familiar...

Hmmm....strange. Perhaps our libraries have one book in common.

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Would the MInnesota one be Garrison Keiller? I'm curious about the first quote. Will you mention at a point what the ten books are?

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercandy

Yes and yes. :)

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

1 is from Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), and 3 is from Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky).

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthreegirldad

By the way, the answer to 3 is a guess based on your hint...

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthreegirldad

You are right on both counts. I wish the Dostoevsky had been a better sentence, but I had to take what came up. I would have liked a sentence that is more typical of the book.

The one from Mere Christianity is perfect, though.

December 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Number 10 is from Dr. Packer's Knowing God--I've memorized the book.

(No, not really, but I did verify it in my copy.)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

You be correct. :)

December 7, 2008 | Registered Commenterrebecca

Ohh...I thought all of them had to be fiction. My bad. I thought #1 read like Lewis but didn't recall it from any of his fiction works.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercandy

This is a very intriguing meme all right! Thanks for the tag, Rebecca. I'll be posting mine tomorrow.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

Here's mine:

http://fieldstonecottage.blogspot.com/2008/12/tagged.html

And it was fun!

December 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy

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