Monday, May 17, 2004

Yet Another Book Meme

Found this while surfing around LiveJournal, uh, somewhere. Yes, it's Yet Another Version of that "random sentence from a book" meme. What can I say? I find these endlessly fascinating. And I have a lot of books. So, here it is:

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 -- first sentence
3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.

I walked around to different bookcases, picking the last book on the first shelf of each one, and ended up with the following:

In its five hundred millennia of existence, the entity had been given many names. Too heavy for gold -- or any other metal. "Doctor?" Under differing forms he traverses the ten thousand worlds, and appears in the hour of need and prayer. The deepest secrets are the ones that keep themselves.

Wow. Very poetic, huh? That's either a profound musing on the nature of the mythological archetype, or a piece of Doctor Who fan fiction. Or, really, both.

The books were:

1. Probe by Margaret Wander Bonnano
2. 50 Short Science Fiction Tales, edited by Isaac Asimov & Groff Conklin (The sentence came from the story "The Mist" by Peter Cartur.)
3. So Vile a Sin by Ben Aaronovitch & Kate Orman
4. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
5. The Origin of the Universe by John D. Barrow

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