Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gothic Blues

Below is the result of a meme -- a real live meme! -- I picked up, like a virus, from Val Kovalin of "Obsidian Bookshelf" at 10:30 pm CDT. (Click on post title to view Val's result.)

Seven paperback, trade paperback, and hardcover books plucked one after another from my nearest bookshelf. First full sentence, page 21, from each. This is tres cool!


They were faces, just passing, soon gone in the shimmering heat. If he ever scares me like that again, I'm going to break his neck. Nothing he did or said was unpremeditated. I don't blame him. But it's better that way. Then there was the sound of rattling chains and the clanking of massive bolts drawn back. But I did make one terrible oversight.

My sources: 

Joey Hill, Beloved Vampire

Steve Kluger, Almost Like Being in Love

Andre Aciman, Call Me By Your Name

Proulx, McMurtry, Ossana, Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay

K. A. Schuster, Acts of the Saints

Bram Stoker, Dracula

John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (large print edition)


Val said...

Wow! Very cool, K.Z.! Your lines flow together well. You even end on a cliffhanger! And what eclectic sources. (Thanks for the link back to mine.) Best, Val

K. Z. Snow said...

I don't usually "do" memes, Val, but this one looked like fun. I was amazed at how well the sentences came together!

Eclectic sources, yes. I have books all over the house, on shelving units or just lined up. In some spots, they're grouped rather sensibly; in others, kind of thrown together. The ones nearest my computer fall into the latter category . . . obviously. :-)

Tam said...

Holy crap. Yours sounds great. Mine was truly the ramblings of a psychotic mind. LOL

Chris said...

I think this is the best one I've read!

K. Z. Snow said...

I think it was the Joey Hill and Bram Stoker sentences that gave it the eerie vibe. They're both wonderfully descriptive. And the cliffhanger didn't hurt, either.

Tam said...

I had to comment since you used a Dracula quote and my word veri is:

weedula Dracula's gardening loving gay son.

Or his permanently stoned son. One of the two.

K. Z. Snow said...