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Offline Lilias

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #400 on: May 21, 2014, 05:15:32 AM »
'Daylight was streaming through it, a welcome sight after the dimness of the corridors.'

~Darren Shan, Zom-B Circus

Offline Vergil Tanner

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #401 on: May 21, 2014, 09:56:21 AM »
"Yet, even after several more unsuccessful rebellions during the seventh century, Assyria still resisted incorporating Tyre, along with the cities of Arvad and Byblos, into one of the three provinces into which the rest of Phoenicia had been divided."

- Richard Miles, Carthage Must Be Destroyed: The Rise And Fall of an Ancient Civilization.

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #402 on: May 21, 2014, 06:55:32 PM »
Dear Josh, we stopped by to f*** you, but you didn't answer the door.

Offline Thesunmaid

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #403 on: May 21, 2014, 07:04:20 PM »
maggots feed upon your cold meat corpse.

*this is from a book of poetry from my friend Jon that he wrote as a character for a Larp.*

Offline Strangefate

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #404 on: May 21, 2014, 07:17:57 PM »
Sensitive and affectionate, the young prince allowed himself to be moulded into the patterns his elders chose, believed unquestioningly in the mission they had planned for him, subjected his judgement utterly to theirs and turned as by second nature to Bouillon, to his chaplain or to Anhalt for advice. 

- C. V. Wedgwood, The Thirty Years War

Offline Vergil Tanner

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #405 on: May 22, 2014, 01:59:48 AM »
"We know from Valerius Maximus that Rutilius in 105 BC introduced the methods of the gladatorial schools into military training, and from the author of the fourth book of the Strategemata that Marius was so impressed by the troops trained by Rutilius that he preferred them to his own."

- G.R. Watson, The Roman Soldier.
[I have a history shelf that is closer to me than my fiction shelf, ok?]

Offline Strangefate

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #406 on: May 22, 2014, 02:06:26 AM »
There was a land-hunger in Normandy, whose thickly populated estates offered no scope for ambitious and restless young sons and landless knights.

- Steven Runciman, History of the Crusades, Vol. 1

(I'm literally sitting next to my bookshelf and the history books occupy the nearest shelf, so I know the feeling.  :-) )

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #407 on: May 22, 2014, 02:45:46 AM »
Death, death!

-Eyvind Johnson, A Romantic Story (partly autobiographical novel about the author's dog years in early 1920s Berlin and Paris, a bit like A Movable Feast but with a less famous and glamorous cast of characters. The sentence just before was ten lines long, a winding description of somebody's face and posture...relieved I would not be transcribing that one!)  ::)
« Last Edit: May 22, 2014, 02:48:46 AM by gaggedLouise »

Offline Warlock

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #408 on: May 22, 2014, 05:18:38 AM »
Fågelhundar, Dressyr och Jakt

''Vanligen dresseras de stånde fågelhundarna, both english and continental, med hjälp av tvångsmetoden.''

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #409 on: May 22, 2014, 05:27:21 AM »
Fågelhundar, Dressyr och Jakt

''Vanligen dresseras de stånde fågelhundarna, both english and continental, med hjälp av tvångsmetoden.''

Approximate translation of the above (I'm not familiar with dog training or hunting terms): "Usually the upright bird chaser dogs, both English and continental, are trained through the coercive method."

(hello there, landsman!)

Offline Vergil Tanner

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #410 on: May 22, 2014, 05:42:44 AM »
"Justin's text implies that Philip undertook the building of some fortifications and temples, and that the cities were to be in charge of their own works, probably with subsidies from him."

- Nicholas Hammond, Philip of Macedon.

[ @Strangefate: Haha, I love it, don't get me wrong - a lot of it is pleasure reading - but it does make me look like a huge dork. Probably because I am one. :P ]

Offline Warlock

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #411 on: May 22, 2014, 06:05:36 AM »
Approximate translation of the above (I'm not familiar with dog training or hunting terms): "Usually the upright bird chaser dogs, both English and continental, are trained through the coercive method."

(hello there, landsman!)

The techincal term would be ''pointing (bird) dog'' or just ''pointer'' (There's also a Pointer breed), instead of ''upright bird chaser dog'', otherwise the translation looks fine. :)

(Hello to you too.)

Offline yobo

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #412 on: May 22, 2014, 08:37:11 AM »
The closest book was Skip og post i Hamburgruten 1853-1865 (Ships and mail in the route to Hamburg 1853-1865). A stamp book, and page 56 was blank. :P

Offline Sindara

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #413 on: May 22, 2014, 12:04:54 PM »
"They're more trouble than they're worth."

The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss

Offline Vergil Tanner

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #414 on: May 22, 2014, 12:10:51 PM »
"And if someone were to reply: 'There have existed many princes who have accomplished great deeds with their armies who have been considered generous,' I would answer you: 'A prince wither spends his own money and that of his subjects, or that of others; in the first case, he must be economical; in the second, he must not hold back any part of his generosity, for the prince who goes out with his armies and lives by looting, sacking and ransoms, and who lays hands on the property of others, such generosity is necessary; otherwise he would not be followed by his soldiers." [His 'reply' continues for quite some time, heh.]

- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Offline Kevben Battleheart

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #415 on: May 22, 2014, 12:54:39 PM »
"The Old Wolf inspires such unshakeable loyalty that he has led the Sons of Russ into unimaginable terrors and emerged with victory grasped firmly in his claws."

- The Space Wolf Codex, Phil Kelly (Was the closest thing. I was looking through the book earlier for something while I was constructing an army focused around Grey Hunters and drop pods)

Offline Strangefate

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #416 on: May 22, 2014, 07:50:03 PM »
The wonderful writer Albert Murray, who is a jazz historian among other things, told me that, during the era of slavery in this country, an atrocity from which we can never fully recover, the suicide rate per capita among slave owners was much higher than the suicide rate among slaves.

- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #417 on: May 22, 2014, 09:12:14 PM »
On the other hand, human intellectual knowledge is set in order by God with angels acting as intermediaries, while those things coming for the benefit of man that pertain to the bodily aspects, whether external or internal, are distributed by God through the intervention of angels and heavenly bodies.

- Malleus Maleficarum -

*Winces slightly*

Offline alexpractice

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #418 on: May 22, 2014, 09:31:16 PM »
Her kiss was like a draught of cold water and yet immediately excited my desire for it was full of an anguished yearning.

-Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #419 on: May 23, 2014, 01:02:48 AM »
"We know from Valerius Maximus that Rutilius in 105 BC introduced the methods of the gladatorial schools into military training, and from the author of the fourth book of the Strategemata that Marius was so impressed by the troops trained by Rutilius that he preferred them to his own."

- G.R. Watson, The Roman Soldier.
[I have a history shelf that is closer to me than my fiction shelf, ok?]

(I've quoted a math book and a knitting book already in this thread...)

Offline Vergil Tanner

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #420 on: May 23, 2014, 03:33:37 AM »
Red Phoenix: Yeah, I did an essay on the Malleus earlier this year....not a pleasant or easy book to read at all. Heh.

Oniya; True. I suppose you tend to get some weird lines, don'tcha? XD


My entry:



"His [Pope John Paul II] polytheistic hankerings were dramatically demonstrated in 1981 when he suffered an assassination attempt in Rome, and attributed his survival to intervention by Our Lady of Fatima; 'A maternal hand guided the bullet.' "

- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion.

And because it's out and out funny, here is the next line: "One cannot help wondering why she didn't guide it to miss altogether."

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #421 on: May 23, 2014, 04:42:13 PM »
"In some respects, he wouldn't have been far off."

~ Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann

(It's jutting out that tiny bit further than the other books on the shelf, so that makes it a tiny bit nearer).

Offline yobo

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #422 on: June 22, 2014, 02:04:37 AM »
"At du skal ha barn med fyren, kanskje?" ("That you are having a kid with the guy?")

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Offline MiraMirror

Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #423 on: June 22, 2014, 03:04:51 AM »
"There we would begin the evening with an icy Coke and the throb of the jukebox, while Father drove to a quiet bar across town where sometimes he met his friend Jerry and sometimes he sat alone, reading library books and taking measured sips of a single beer."

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

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Re: Grab the book closest
« Reply #424 on: June 22, 2014, 04:01:06 AM »
<Make your move, Marco!>, Rachel said.

- The Proposal by K. A. Applegate