I hope you are curious about what I read. For that’s what this post is all about. Neha tagged me to do a book tag. You can see that she has been trying to read everything except that tome on Local and Regional development which she needs for her exams. Not that I blame her – every sentence in that book seems to be a paragraph.
The rules of the tag are:
Pick up the nearest book.
Open to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.
So I picked up the nearest book – Arthur C. Clarke’s “3001: The Final Odyssey” and opened to page 123. What do I find ? Page 123 only has six lines in two sentences.
So the fifth sentence in page 123 is technically the third sentence in page 124. You could argue that it’s all within the spirit of the tag, and I should now start quoting from page 124. But I must have some German blood in me, for I decided to take the rules literally.
So I sighed and opened the other book lying beside it, the one I had just finished reading. It was Terry Pratchett’s “The Light Fantastic”. I suspect I was re-reading this after many years, but I loved it anyway. I can read Terry Pratchett any number of times. I first started reading his books long years ago at the British Council library, and was introduced to Neil Gaiman through his books. I read their collaborative effort “Good Omens” because of Terry, not because I knew anything about Neil back then.
Anyway, I opened page 123 and was very relieved to see it had more than eight sentences. In point of fact, it had eighteen, but all I needed were eight. So here are the 6th, 7th and 8th sentences:
“If that was you, Twoflower, I knew it was you all along,” said Rincewind. His voice sounded suddenly clear and very alone in the gathering dusk.
Rincewind remembered the only fact he knew for sure about trolls, which was that they turned to stone when exposed to sunlight, so that anyone who employed trolls to work during daylight had to spend a fortune in barrier cream.
Having done the tag, I wish I had more discretion on which sentences in page 123 to quote. For instance, sentences 4 and 5 had a lot of good stuff about talking yew trees..
Now to tag 5 others. I would have liked to tag Space Bar, but she has decided to quit blogging for some time (no doubt, she saw this tag coming). But the rest of you guys cannot escape! Unless you’ve already done the tag, which I doubt (yes, I checked) 😉
Chennai ramblings (Okay, I am cheating a bit here, I know she’s probably reading Sandman)