elqahar leading impressively with 73 points (docked him two for a minor error which I'll detail behind the cut )
antimony doing well with 40
and yourtoy with 10
sea_gaagii and lordandrei strike out!
If you haven't looked at it yet, do it! I promise not all of them are nearly as obscure as they look. weetanya should know at least one, and I'm sure alegria_a knows a couple!
But for those of you who are too lazy to give it a try, here are the answers.
All of these are books that have deeply inspired or influenced me in some way, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend them to just about anyone. Well, maybe I wouldn't tell my grandmother to read #8....
1. Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now. But in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.
This is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
2. This, my body and spirit, this is the end of the quest. I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
Anthem by Ayn Rand
3. I shall never forget the afternoon when I first stumbled across the half-hidden house of death. It was in midsummer, when the alchemy of nature transmutes the sylvan landscape to one vivid and almost homogenous mass of green; when the senses are well-nigh intoxicated with the surging seas of moist verdure and the subtly undefinable odors of the soil and the vegetation. In such surroundings the mind loses its perspective; time and space become trivial and unreal, and echoes of a forgotten prehistoric past beat insistently upon the enthralled consciousness.
The Tomb by H.P. Lovecraft. One of the more obscure ones, admittedly :)
4. Her face was fair and pretty, with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue. Those eyes you would have thought must have known that they came from there, so often were they turned in that direction. The ceiling of her nursery was blue, with stars in it, as like the sky as they could make it. But I doubt if ever she saw the real sky with the stars in it, for a reason which I had better mention at once.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald - one of the most beautiful and inspiring children's novels I've ever read.
5. "We had our orders to kill - kill any people who come at us like that. Didn't think nothing about it. We in the army, we do what they say to do. I shoot one, shoot another one. They keep on coming. Stupid, man, I think, stupidest fucking thing I ever seen. I shoot again. I can feel him behind me, [he] don't like it. Well, they his people, I think, and then this thought come to me: Who my people? I never asked that before, and I have to stop to think about it. I see that girl, the little one, and I think, how do I know who she is? I don't even know who I am. Never even thought before that I might be somebody, but maybe I am. She look like me, kind of - maybe she my people and I don't even know? I couldn't kill her."
The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. The one speaking is Ohnine, a member of the enemy army who is then given the name River.
6. "I'll have a caffe latte," I said. "Single or double?" "Double." "Tall or short?" "Tall." "Chocolate or cinnamon on top?" "Chocolate." "Semisweet or dark?" I'd been wrong when I told Dr. O'Reilly all fads had to have a low ability threshold.
Bellwether, by Connie Willis.
7. "Now, there are many millions in their sects and churches who feel the order, 'do thou,' and throw their weight into obedience. And there are millions more who feel predestination in 'thou shalt.' Nothing they may do can interfere with what will be. But 'thou mayest'! Why, that makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth and his murder of his brother he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win."
This is one of my favorite novels ever, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This is from a conversation Lee is having with Adam about the translation of the Hebrew word 'timshel', which is translated as 'do thou' in some Bibles and 'thou shalt' in others, and the theological and philosophical interpretations of the translation. Magnificent stuff (IMO, of course :)
8. Vulva exposed and sweetly agape, Salome danced on, whirling and arching, until, after another twenty minutes or so, a second veil was pulled loose and tossed gracefully to the floor. This veil had covered her waist and belly, a belly that seemed at once round and flat, a haptic demimoundalready familiar to her fans, although until that moment they had never drawn dew from the saucy well of its bare navel.
Skinny Legs and All, by Tom Robbins; another of my all-time favorite books. The dance is happening at Isaac and Ishmael's, a restaurant in New York owned and run by a Jew and an Arab.
9. "I am well in body but considerably rumpled in spirit, thank you."
I was really expecting more people would get this! It's from Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. Anne's next line is "That wasn't too alarming, now, was it, Marilla?"
10. "Yes, this place is kill or cure," she admitted, with a laugh. "But I'm glad to say that it's cure for most people. The two I was telling you about only failed because their vanity and selfishness was so extreme. They interpreted everything wrong, and expected the world to fall down and worship them for being wastrels. And at every turn they found the Big Lion in the way, to bring them back to reality."
This is hands down the most obscure on the list: Diary of a Drug Fiend, by Aleister Crowley; Athena speaking of King Lamus at the Abbey of Thelema. (Though I was very amused by sea_gaagii's guess that it was Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia!)
11. [His] words laid bare the hearts of trees and their thoughts, which were often dark and strange, and filled with a hatred of things that go free upon the earth, gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning: destroyers and usurpers.
The obligatory Tolkein quote, from the Fellowship of the Ring - it's Tom Bombadil speaking, from a section of the book that was cut from the movie. elqahar thought it was The Two Towers, but I gave him 3/5 for the book since all I was really looking for was The Lord of the Rings :)
12. Filipinos are a warm, gentle, caring, giving people," he says, "which is a good thing since so many of them carry concealed weapons."
Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
13. Then the doors of all the houses opened simultaneously, and out came women like a row of paper dolls. The print on their dresses was different, but they all gave the appearance of being the same. Each woman stood on the steps of her house. Each clapped. Each child with the ball caught the ball. Each child with the skipping rope folded the rope. Each child turned and walked into the house. The doors clicked shut behind them.
Another children's classic: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle. The name of the planet is Camazotz.