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2012-12-31 09:25:50 AM
And then, my friend, you die.
 
2012-12-31 09:31:28 AM
I hope.
 
2012-12-31 09:32:05 AM

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.


Esto.
 
2012-12-31 09:36:44 AM
Came here to quote Brave New World and 1984. Late to the party as usual. So I'll toss this one in:

"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."
 
2012-12-31 09:48:01 AM
"Hey Butt-Head, do you think we're ever gonna score?"

"Uh, I probably will, but not you. You're too much of a butt-monkey. Huh huh."
 
2012-12-31 09:53:53 AM
Since then, at an unertain hour,
That agony returns:
And still my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.
I pass like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
 
2012-12-31 09:53:57 AM
"Somebody is living on this beach."

Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
 
2012-12-31 09:58:49 AM

LizardPeople: Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ...


Solon Isonomia: "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east. ..."


Double Plus Good!
 
2012-12-31 10:05:35 AM

Fabric_Man: The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.


Came here for that. That entire scene between Yossarian and Chaplain Tapman just makes me happy. Yossarian is my favorite literary creation.

Maybe next to Orr.
 
2012-12-31 10:07:07 AM
"You are young." replied Athos, "and your bitter recollections have time to be changed into sweet remebrances."
 
2012-12-31 10:09:57 AM
"He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die." -Blood Meridian
 
2012-12-31 10:11:56 AM
"And here, resolving to harass myself no more, I am preparing for a longer journey than all these, having lived seventy-two years a life of infinite variety, and learned sufficiently to know the value of retirement, and the blessing of ending our days in peace."
 
2012-12-31 10:16:08 AM

karnal: "...and so like I said earlier, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'."


It is a far far better...ASS I kick, than I have ever kicked!!
 
2012-12-31 10:20:37 AM
"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."
 
2012-12-31 10:24:39 AM
"Then he went over and sat down on the unoccupied twin bed, looked at the girl, aimed the pistol, and fired a bullet through his right temple."
 
2012-12-31 10:24:41 AM

lexslamman: "Poo-Tee-Weet"


This
 
2012-12-31 10:26:54 AM

Anderson's Pooper: WippitGuud: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.


/I lied, that was a horrible last line.

t3knomanser: KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

That's a great opening line, but as a closing line, it's lazy and unsatisfying, especially coming of the heels of three books obviously written to just get it the fark over with.

KingKauff: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.

Second try -

Ka is a wheel. It continues to turn as does the tale. I thought it was an appropriate ending.


//this time with the Horn of Eld
 
2012-12-31 10:28:37 AM

Crewmannumber6: The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.


I loved your book, when is it coming out?
 
2012-12-31 10:32:24 AM
"You talk to much," she said. Then she reached into his mouth with her sharp talons, and with one wrenching movement she tore out his tongue.
"There," she said. And the she said, "Sleep".

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
 
2012-12-31 10:32:25 AM
"I was cured all right."
 
2012-12-31 10:33:36 AM

poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."


I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!
 
2012-12-31 10:36:14 AM
Not sure about the book but that Garp movie was the most disturbing weird f'ed up piece of crap I ever accidentally watched in the middle of the night.

/haven't read a book since Gore invented the Internet
 
2012-12-31 10:39:58 AM
"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

The Road
Cormac McCarthy
 
2012-12-31 10:39:58 AM
Good-bye and hello, as always.

/Dark Tower was fun, but it has nothing on Amber
 
2012-12-31 10:40:22 AM

Because People in power are Stupid: Crewmannumber6: The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.

I loved your book, when is it coming out?


So, only people who have written a book can have an opinion on a book? What a country
 
2012-12-31 10:42:33 AM

turnonyrlovelite: "Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

The Road
Cormac McCarthy


That book was annoying as fark. I have no idea what his other books are like, but after reading The Road I probably won't by trying them. It's as if the book was written by a 16 year old with no comprehension of advanced sentence structures, basic punctuation like a comma, etc. Good idea for a story, poor delivery.
 
2012-12-31 10:47:19 AM
"Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"
 
2012-12-31 10:48:01 AM

bhcompy: turnonyrlovelite: "Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

The Road
Cormac McCarthy

That book was annoying as fark. I have no idea what his other books are like, but after reading The Road I probably won't by trying them. It's as if the book was written by a 16 year old with no comprehension of advanced sentence structures, basic punctuation like a comma, etc. Good idea for a story, poor delivery.


Thats just what the Pulitzer committee though.

Cormac is great, the Yelp reviews done in his style are even better: http://yelpingwithcormac.tumblr.com/best
 
2012-12-31 10:49:01 AM

exi: "He stared gratefully at the back of Myrna's head, at the pigtail that swung innocently at his knee. Gratefully. How ironic, Ignatius thought. Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache."


One of my favorite books of all time. OF ALL TIME!

/Never laughed out loud to a book before, or again.
 
2012-12-31 10:51:43 AM

SomeoneDumb: poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."

I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!


-2 internets.  The film omitted the final chapter of the book.
 
2012-12-31 10:52:35 AM

Cosmk: SomeoneDumb: poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."

I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!

-2 internets.  The film omitted the final chapter of the book.


And I don't have a copy next to me right now, but was that line even in the novel?
 
2012-12-31 10:56:04 AM

nharrisphoto: "Well, I'm back."


Yep. That's the one I was thinking of.
 
2012-12-31 10:58:39 AM
"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters."
 
2012-12-31 11:03:25 AM
"Call me Ishmael."
 
2012-12-31 11:15:13 AM

Cosmk: Cosmk: SomeoneDumb: poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."

I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!

-2 internets.  The film omitted the final chapter of the book.

And I don't have a copy next to me right now, but was that line even in the novel?


That is the last line of the American edition of the novel. The British edition had one more chapter, the last lines being "A terrible grahzny vonny world, really, O my brothers. And so farewell from your little droog. And to all others in this story profound shooms of lipmusic brrrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries. But you, O my brothers, remember sometimes thy little Alex that was. Amen. And all that cal."
 
2012-12-31 11:15:50 AM

poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."


More like:

My son, my son. When I had my son I would explain all that to him when he was starry enough to like understand. But then I knew he would not understand or would not want to understand at all and would do all the veshches I had done, yes perhaps even killing some poor starry forella surrounded with mewing kots and koshkas, and I would not be able to really stop him. And nor would he be able to stop his own son, brothers. And so it would itty on to like the end of the world, round and round and round, like some bolshy gigantic like chelloveck, like old Bog Himself (by courtesy of Korova Milkbar) turning and turning and turning a vonny grahzny orange in his gigantic rookers.

Not the very last line but it always gives me chills.
 
2012-12-31 11:23:17 AM
Should be a list of only one book - A Tale of Two Cities, as mentioned above. All others pale in comparison.
 
2012-12-31 11:24:17 AM
"and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
 
2012-12-31 11:27:41 AM
And, do you know that the Dey of Algiers has a bump just under his nose?
 
2012-12-31 11:30:47 AM

facisto: Fabric_Man: The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.

Came here for that. That entire scene between Yossarian and Chaplain Tapman just makes me happy. Yossarian is my favorite literary creation.

Maybe next to Orr.


+1. Loved the whole lot. Peckem and Dreedle and parades/real black eyes/real feathers in the cap. Awesome.

poundgrayly: Cosmk: Cosmk: SomeoneDumb: poundgrayly: "I was cured all right."

I was hoping someone would post this. +1 Internets to you!

-2 internets.  The film omitted the final chapter of the book.

And I don't have a copy next to me right now, but was that line even in the novel?

That is the last line of the American edition of the novel. The British edition had one more chapter, the last lines being "A terrible grahzny vonny world, really, O my brothers. And so farewell from your little droog. And to all others in this story profound shooms of lipmusic brrrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries. But you, O my brothers, remember sometimes thy little Alex that was. Amen. And all that cal."


Thankfully (to me, anyway), this has been fixed. Last chapter is in American editions, as well.
 
2012-12-31 11:32:46 AM
It was the devious-cruising Rachel, that in her retracing search after her missing children, only found another orphan.
 
2012-12-31 11:35:21 AM
And Hatcher McCord, anchorman for the Evening News from Hell, opens his arms wide, and he cries out about the din, "I love you all."
 
2012-12-31 11:36:05 AM

Valeriyance: exi: "He stared gratefully at the back of Myrna's head, at the pigtail that swung innocently at his knee. Gratefully. How ironic, Ignatius thought. Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache."

One of my favorite books of all time. OF ALL TIME!

/Never laughed out loud to a book before, or again.


To each, his own.

Been clearing and throwing out crap the past few months and my copy - which I've owned for somthing like 30 years was the first thing to go.
 
2012-12-31 11:37:45 AM
"The precious sun has come and gone and, because of their despicable act, Margot has missed it. They walk slowly and silently towards the closet, and let her out." ~ All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
 
2012-12-31 11:37:58 AM
"Despite my most careful searches and investigations, I have never since been able to find the Rue d'Auseil. But I am not wholly sorry; either for this or for the loss in undreamable abysses of the closely written sheets which alone could have explained the music of Erich Zann."
 
2012-12-31 11:47:19 AM

rocinante721: "It wasn't until six hours later that they took him down"

Apt Pupil


+1

Ladyfingers they taste like ladyfingers
 
2012-12-31 11:52:38 AM

Crewmannumber6: Because People in power are Stupid: Crewmannumber6: The greatest last lines in literature

FTFY Subby, Garp was crap.

I loved your book, when is it coming out?

So, only people who have written a book can have an opinion on a book? What a country


No, I'm saying that YOUR BOOK is so great that it is better than anything that John Irving has ever written. When is it coming out?
 
2012-12-31 11:55:46 AM

lilplatinum: bhcompy: turnonyrlovelite: "Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculite patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

The Road
Cormac McCarthy

That book was annoying as fark. I have no idea what his other books are like, but after reading The Road I probably won't by trying them. It's as if the book was written by a 16 year old with no comprehension of advanced sentence structures, basic punctuation like a comma, etc. Good idea for a story, poor delivery.

Thats just what the Pulitzer committee though.

Cormac is great, the Yelp reviews done in his style are even better: http://yelpingwithcormac.tumblr.com/best


One of the better books I read this year was The Dog Stars. It is much more hopeful than The Road, but it is still very, very dark. I highly recommend it to anyone who was a fan of The Road.
 
2012-12-31 11:59:49 AM
"We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, I know that, but sometimes, oh God, the Green Mile is so long."
 
2012-12-31 12:02:48 PM
A boy and his Dog: You have to admit, she had excellent taste.
 
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