My Bookshelf

This is a the first sentence of every book on my shelves near my desk. It’s not my whole collection, just what I can reach from my desk chair. I saw this idea on a blog while I was looking for a quote from Return of the King, and thought it was cool.

Adept, The, All five books; Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris –

The Adept: “The autumn night was clear and sharp, with a bite to the still air that promised frost before morning.”

The Lodge of the Lynx: “A brooding stillness lay upon the chill night air.”

The Templar Treasure: “The Yorkshire home of Professor Nathan Fiennes was fitted with the latest in household security systems.”

Dagger Magic: “ ‘The weather in the far north of Ireland will continue unsettled for at least the next twenty-four hours,’ came the crackly voice of the radio weatherman.”

Death of an Adept: “Somewhat unusually for mid-December, Paisley-town lay under a dusting of winter white.”

Black Belt Patriotism; Chuck Norris – “I love America; always have, always will.”

Christy; Catherine Marshall – “On that November afternoon when I first saw Cutter Gap, the crumbling chimney of Alice Henderson’s cabin stood stark against the sky, blackened by the flames that had consumed the house.”

Demon Apostle, The; R. A. Salvatore – “Winter is settling on the land, Uncle Mather, but somehow, fittingly, it seems quiet and soft, as if the season will be gentle this year, as if Nature herself, like all the folk of the land, is in need of respite.”

Frankenstein’s Monster; Susan O’Keefe – “Captain Robert Walton. Private Log. Behind me, stiffened with frost, lie the remains of Victor Frankenstein.”

Guns of the South, The; Harry Turtledove – “Robert E. Lee paused to dip his pen once more in the inkwell.”

Hero; Fred Stoeker – “The crowd’s roar shocked me.”

Nation of Wimps, A; Hara Estroff Marano – “Maybe it was the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path… at three miles an hour.”

Odd and the Frost Giants; Neil Gaiman – “There was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time and place.”

Rewriting History; Dick Morris – “Like the moon, she shows us the same face each time we see her.”

Tenth Planet, The: Final Assault; Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch – “The ancient El train shuddered to a stop.”

Tenth Planet, The: Oblivion; Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch – “Danny Elliot was shaking as he ran, half crouched, to the white house at the very edge of the destruction.”

Tenth Planet, The; Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch – “International Space Monitoring Buoy Six was alone.”

Waiting for an Army to Die; Fred A. Wilcox – “In the spring of 1978,  a twenty-eight-year-old Vietnam veteran who appeared on the “Today” show shocked many of the program’s viewers by announcing: “I died in Vietnam, but I didn’t even know it.” ” 

Worldwar: In the Balance; Harry Turtledove – “Fleetlord Avtar strode briskly into the command station of the invasion fleet flagship 127th Emperor Hetto.”

Worldwar: Tilting the Balance; Harry Turtledove – “For nostalgia’s sake, Fleetlord Avtar called up the hologram of the Tosevite warrior he had often studied before the invasion fleet actually reached Tosev 3.”

Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance; Harry Turtledove – “The fleetlord Avtar had convened a great many meetings of his shiplords since the Race’s conquest fleet came to Tosev 3.”

Worldwar: Striking the Balance; Harry Turtledove – “In free fall, Avtar the fleetlord glided over to the hologram projector.”



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3 responses to “My Bookshelf

  1. Tiger

    Um…. I haven’t heard of any of these except Frankenstein’s Monster.

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