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Novel First Line Meme Answers

From my Novel First Line Meme.

1. There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
guessed by randomalia and greenhoodloxley

2. It was predictable, in hindsight.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
guessed by roo2

3. Lest anyone should suppose I am a son of nobody, sold off by some peasant father in a drought year, I may say our line is an old one, though it ends with me.
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault
not guessed

4. A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
Dune by Frank Herbert
guessed by estellye

5. Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.</i>
novel guessed by beledibabe
novel and author guessed by roo2

6. Mr. Dunworthy opened the door to the laboratory and his spectacles promptly steamed up.
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
guessed by roo2

7. I see in Lunaya Pravda that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect -- and tax -- public food vendors operating inside municipal pressure.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
novel guessed by ltlj
novel and author guessed by guessed by roo2

8. One minute it was Ohio winter, with doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black bears in their furs along the icy streets.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
not guessed

9. The row of comconsole booths lining the passenger concourse of Escobar's largest commercial orbital transfer station had mirrored doors, divided into diagonal sections by rainbow-colored lines of lights.
Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
guessed by ltlj

10. The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
guessed by roo2 and terrylj

And two bonus ones, both short stories instead of novels:

11. There was a village once, not very long ago for those with long memories, not very far away for those with long legs.
"Smith of Wootton Major" by J.R.R. Tolkien
not guessed

12. West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut.
"The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft
guessed by roo2

Thanks to all who participated!

And now, a quote for the day.

"There is a cyclone fence between
ourselves and the slaughter and behind it
we hover in a calm protected world like
netted fish, exactly like netted fish.
It is either the beginning or the end
of the world, and the choice is ourselves
or nothing."

from "Ourselves or Nothing," Carolyn Forche


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 18th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
Hello love the quote of the day. "and the choice is ourselves or nothing" I like that line.
Apr. 18th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
Hi there! I'm so glad you like it. I do, too - the whole poem is marvelous, but this ending bit particularly moves me.
Apr. 18th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
*smacks forehead* Smith of Wooten-Major! I knew I had read it somewhere, but not where... it being from Tolkien makes me feel especially dense.
Apr. 18th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
LOL! Glad to know there's another "Smith" person around, at any rate. I think it's a stunning story. Each time I read it, I seem to get more out of it.
Apr. 18th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
yay! thanks for unveiling the answers! my list of things to read is getting ridiculously long but that's a good thing, right? ;)
Apr. 19th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
LOL! You bet! :)
Apr. 19th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so disappointed! I signed up on livejournal today - for the sole purpose of answering one of your meme quotes - only to find you had posted the answers! :-) I had #3. (Prof. Anderson would have been proud :-)
Apr. 20th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, is that you?!?! I have something like half a dozen unfinished emails I need to send to you! My private correspondence has become a nightmare lately, but I desperately need to email and congratulate Kat and compliment her on the wonderful story and hear all your news. You are so wonderful for putting up with me. It's great to see you here! And isn't Renault wonderful? (A student of Tolkien's, you know!) Sending happy hellos your way!
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