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Sun, May. 30th, 2004, 11:01 am
Here's a new book meme-thing for you

This is actually Milorad Pavić's idea:
“For some books I use a kind of divination before starting to read. It is a very old procedure well known in the fifteenth century and earlier. You open the book by putting your fingernail inside and count down the number of lines on the opened page equal to the day (date) of your birth. This is your own life line. Read it and it could have some specific meaning to you personally. Never repeat this ritual in the same book.”

Milorad Pavić

So, from the book I'm currently reading, Iron Council by China Miéville:
"Jacobs had told him, in Lichford, beneath signs to Crawfoot and"

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)

ooo, I'm trying it.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)

I'm trying this too. But I don't know about the book sniffing.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)

It's an acquired taste, Paul, you should try it. Just grab the book closest to you and take a long, deep whiff of its pages in all their papery, inky, gluey glory.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)

I'm a slob in my real life, but a neat-freak when it comes to books. I hate bends in the spine (even in mass market ppb) and read all my books carefully, even lovingly. Maybe I'm afraid my prominant proboscus would somehow damage the book. *g*

But I gave in, and smelled my old Ellison's APPROACHING OBLIVION...and it did smell good.

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC)

Oh, I'm like that too. Damage one of my books and you got an enemy for the rest of your soon-to-be-brutally-truncated existence. And I used to be such a nice guy . . . :)

Sun, May. 30th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)

Can't tell you how many fights I've been in with my brother over the shape of books he borrowed from me.
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Sun, May. 30th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)

For Geoffrey Maloney's Tales from the Crypto-System:

"with a bang, not a whimper, not just sit around like old men waiting to die."

Oh my.

Fri, Sep. 10th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)

I also enjoy Avram Davidson... and sniffing books. The above divination idea shall be tried.


Sat, Sep. 25th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)

hello, can i add you??

Mon, Sep. 27th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)

Is that a quote from a book or are you really asking if you can add me? (If you are, sure, go ahead. :))

Tue, Sep. 28th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)

heh. yes, really asking. :)

Thu, May. 26th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)

From the omnibus "The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane":

"Kane with shaking fingers began to unbar the door."

Hmmm ... this could be interpreted all sorts of ways.

Oh ... and hello! I saw that you added me. I'm a big fan of Fantastic Metropolis, so imagine my surprise! Just curious how you found my little LJ (that I really need to write in more often).

Keep up the good work!

Mon, May. 30th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)

Hello --- and thanks! I think I found you when I clicked one of the more obscure links in my interests list, liked *your* interests list and the content of your LJ, so I thought I'd add you.

Mon, May. 30th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)

Forgive the sloppy grammar, I just woke up. :)

Thu, Nov. 24th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)

"He liftedlifted his head in surprise at a banging noise from the..."

Barrington Bayley, The Zen Gun

Which I just finished reading...
And the author of which you and myself seem to be the only LiveJournallers to bother to list in their interests.

(Adore everything I've read from him so far; this one's downright wack.)