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Three for Third Sentence Thursday

June 23, 2011

Third Sentence Thursday 1) Take the book you are reading now and post the third sentence
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence here (in the comments) or if you don’t have a blog, just post it in the comments!

I happen to be in the middle of 3 books at the moment, lending this exercise an excellent symmetry. What’s up with this? I’m never a multiple-book person. I blame the Kindle.

1. “I cooked intricate Middle Eastern tagines and watched chocolate souffles rise slowly in the oven.” from Season To Taste, How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, by Molly Birnbaum.

It’s true. I will read virtually any book with this, or something similar, as a third sentence. Genre does not matter. Memoir, fiction, mystery, even romance-saturated chick lit. Foodie lit? I’m sold. And yet… I go through very long phases where I’m not inspired to cook anything. Culinary voyeurism?

1. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist, all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture marks.

from The Sign of the Four– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Introspection? Self-contemplation? Or the great detective getting amorous in the back room with a highly irregular local junkie? From this, it’s hard to tell. I know which option the Internet prefers. (yes, that’s a link to slash fanfiction. Potentially NSFW)

3. “It is in the OED, but even if you own this magnificent dictionary, it is still highly improbable you have seen this word.”

from Reading the OED by Ammon Shea.

Highly improbable I’ve seen the word “it?” Wow, what a snobbish assumption! Give your readership more credit, if we’re here for a book about the OED!

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