Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.
Okay, I was good and really did reach for the closest one:
"Carmilla was looking charmingly. Nothing could be more beautiful than her tints. Her beauty was, I think, enhanced by that graceful languor that was peculiar to her. I think my father was silently contrasting her looks with mine, for he said: 'I wish my poor Laura was looking more like herself,' and he sighed."
(from Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla in Three Vampire Tales, edited by Anne Williams)
I won't tag anyone, but if you haven't done this yet, consider yourself invited!
And one more meme, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's birthday yesterday:
What H.P. Lovecraft Entity\Character Archetype Are You?
And now, the question. Has anyone read The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card? If so, would you recommend them? I am particularly interested in them because of the American Indian issues, and the Shawnee characters in particular (Tecumseh and The Prophet, etc.), and I wondered how much attention these receive, and how they are handled from a historical perspective. I enjoyed Card's Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus (and of course his Ender books), but I've never read any of the Alvin Maker series. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!
He hungered to believe in the marvelous. (Who doesn't?)
- Edgar Pangborn, "The Children's Crusade"