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  • #1
    “If you write about the present it is very much more difficult to make things sound convincing. But writing about the past means that you are writing about a situation in which you know at least as much as anyone else.”
    John James

  • #2
    Anthony Price
    “The Devil himself had probably re-designed Hell in the light of the information he had gained from observing airport layouts.”
    Anthony Price, The Memory Trap

  • #3
    James Sallis
    “I was coming up on a cross street when a man wearing a filthy suit stepped out from around the corner of the building ahead and directly into my path. Bent with age, he turned bleak red eyes to me and stared. Pressed with his chest to both hands he carried a paperback book as soiled and bereft as his suit. Are you one of the real ones or not? he demanded. And after a moment, when I failed to answer, he walked on, resuming his sotto voce conversation.

    A chill passed through me. Somehow, indefinably, I felt, felt with the kind of baffled, tacit understanding that we have in dreams , that I had just glimpsed one possible future self. ”
    James Sallis, Black Hornet

  • #4
    Tim Dorsey
    “The whole family is a bunch of dangerous freaks...Most are ex-cons or junkies or deranged from inbreeding. Five have died violently, three are back in prison, two have gone insane from untreated venereal disease, and one writes book reviews.”
    Tim Dorsey, Triggerfish Twist

  • #5
    William Campbell Gault
    “If you haven’t got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you’ll only have to throw away the first three pages.”
    William Campbell Gault

  • #6
    Sarah Caudwell
    “ seems to us that the readers who want fiction to be like life are considerably outnumbered by those who would like life to be like fiction.”
    Sarah Caudwell

  • #7
    Blaize Clement
    “Perfume companies ought to bottle the smell of crisp bacon. Forget pheromones. I’ll bet a woman with a little spot of bacon grease behind her ears would attract every male within a five-mile radius.”
    Blaize Clement, Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

  • #8
    Jim Butcher
    “If I need you I'll give you a signal.'
    'What signal?'
    'I'll imitate the scream of a terrified little girl”
    Jim Butcher

  • #9
    Ngaio Marsh
    “Above all things -- read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.”
    Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

  • #10
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

  • #11
    Ron Burns
    “You can't make anything idiot proof because idiots are so ingenious.”
    Ron Burns

  • #12
    Linda Fairstein
    “Your library is your portrait.”
    Linda Fairstein, Lethal Legacy

  • #13
    Anthony Burgess
    “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
    Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

  • #14
    Vincent Starrett
    “When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness.”
    Vincent Starrett

  • #15
    François Mauriac
    “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
    François Mauriac

  • #16
    Doris Lessing
    “There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
    Doris Lessing

  • #17
    Richard S. Prather
    “He was dead, all right. He had been shot, poisoned, stabbed, and strangled.

    Either somebody had really had it in for him or four people had killed him. Or else it was the cleverest suicide I'd ever heard of.”
    Richard S. Prather, Take a Murder, Darling
    tags: death

  • #18
    Eugene Field
    “No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.”
    Eugene Field

  • #19
    “I agree that it's a shame some books have to suffer ratings that clearly are invalid. However I can't think of a way to prevent it, and I didn't see any ideas in the thread either (I did skim though).

    I hope you'll appreciate that if we just start deleting ratings whenever we feel like it, that we've gone down a censorship road that doesn't take us to a good place.”
    Otis Y. Chandler

  • #20
    Umberto Eco
    “We live for books.”
    Umberto Eco

  • #21
    Italo Calvino
    “Sections in the bookstore

    - Books You Haven't Read
    - Books You Needn't Read
    - Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
    - Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
    - Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
    - Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
    - Books Too Expensive Now and You'll Wait 'Til They're Remaindered
    - Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
    - Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
    - Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too
    - Books You've Been Planning to Read for Ages
    - Books You've Been Hunting for Years Without Success
    - Books Dealing with Something You're Working on at the Moment
    - Books You Want to Own So They'll Be Handy Just in Case
    - Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
    - Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
    - Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
    - Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time to Re-read
    - Books You've Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It's Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
    Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

  • #22
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    “One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.”
    Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories

  • #23
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #24
    Peter James
    “He remembered a conversation he'd once had with a Chief Constable some years back, when he asked the Chief if in his experience he believed there was such a thing as the 'perfect murder'. The Chief had replied that there was. 'It's the one we never hear about,' he said.”
    Peter James, Not Dead Yet
    tags: murder

  • #25
    Irwin Shaw
    “There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.”
    Irwin Shaw

  • #26
    Noël Coward
    “It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
    Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit

  • #27
    James Dickey
    “A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.”
    James Dickey

  • #28
    André Brink
    “To respect the dignity of a relationship also implies accepting the end when it comes. Except in my mind, except in my dreams, where the aftertaste of her still lingers.”
    André Brink, Before I Forget

  • #29
    Anthony Trollope
    “There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.”
    Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers

  • #30
    Laini Taylor
    “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

    It did not end well.”
    Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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