The 5:56 meme variant

I have been memed, and its a good one. The meme comes from Almost Diamonds, and here’s the rules:

– You can pick and choose the books to find the most interesting sentences.
– At least five of the books should be fiction.
– Try not to use books that are so obscure no one could guess what they are.
– You can give hints, if you so desire.
– Tag some other bloggers to pass the meme along.
– You find and print, on your best available keyboard, the fifth sentence on page 56.

Hmm… this rules out a lot of my fiction books, since they are under 56 pages long…..

OK, here we go:

The first three are from the same author. This is a living male author whom I’ve mentioned on this blog. If you’ve read this person’s work, the second passage is a dead-easy clue, and of course, the third names a character so that should give it to you if you remember such things.

Her reverie was interrupted by footsteps on the sidewalk across the street.

Talking about all those brand-new wheelchairs.

Decker didn’t know what this giant fruitcake was up to, but a boat ride sure beat hell out of an all-night divorce surveillance.

The next three are each from a different author. The first is very very famous, female, and this may be her least famous (and my least favorite of hers) book. It is also her last book or nearly so, if I remember. Real literary folks do not admit they’ve read her work. The second is a prize winning classic American author who was famously gay and the book is perhaps his most well known work. Readl literary folks claim to have read all his work even if they have not. The third author is actually a pseudonym written by two brothers.

“So you’ve heard that term before,” she said. “I see.”

A cork bulletin board, painted pink, hung above a white-skirted dressing table; dry gardenias, the remains of some ancient corsage, were attached to it, and old valentines, newspaper recipes, and snapshots of her baby nephew and of Susan Kidwell and of Hobby Rupp, Bobby caught in a dozen actions — swinging a boat, dribbling a basketball, driving a tractor, wading, in bathing trunks, at the edge of McKinney Lake (which was as far as he dared go, for he had never learned to swim).

But why haul a chair over here to reach a cup-hilted Italian rapier of the seventeenth century when you have merely to stand on the floor and extend your arm and reach a nineteenth-century French dueling-sword which will do the work equally well?

OK, so any guesses?

Here’s who I’m tagging:

Mike H.
Mike B.
The Digital Biologist


  1. #1 JanieBelle
    December 3, 2008

    Ok, tomorrow should be a somewhat slow day. I’ll try and get to it then.

    Geez, I hope there are no smut restrictions…

    uh, I mean, textbooks are boring! Yeah, textbooks, I’m reading textbooks.

  2. #2 Silver Fox
    December 3, 2008

    A cork bulletin board, painted pink, hung above a white-skirted dressing table; dry gardenias, the remains of some ancient corsage…

    I’d have to guess In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, but I could be way wrong.

  3. #3 Silver Fox
    December 3, 2008

    But isn’t that supposed to be Bobby Rupp?

  4. #4 albi
    December 4, 2008

    “So you’ve heard that term before,” she said. “I see.”

    Agetha Cristy, Passenger to Frankfurt.

  5. #5 albi
    December 4, 2008

    That should be Christy 🙂

  6. #6 becca
    December 4, 2008


    My short visit to CIDOC has made me feel much more strongly than before that our worldwide system of schooling is far more harmful, and far more deeply and integrally connected with many of the other great evils of our time, than I had supposed.

  7. #7 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    December 4, 2008

    What’s really cool is that this the third tag I have gotten from a Scibling. So I already did mine.


  8. #8 Greg Laden
    December 4, 2008

    Becca: Illich?

    Christie Passenger to Frankfurt is correct. Albi: That’s pretty impressive. Was it the clues that helped?

    In cold blood by T.C. is correct.

  9. #9 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    The three by the living male author… Stephen King?

    The third quote from Rage, maybe?

  10. #10 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    Second King quote from Silver Bullet?

  11. #11 Greg Laden
    December 4, 2008

    No stephen king. I’ve only read one of his books, and own none of them.

  12. #12 K.
    December 4, 2008

    I was going to guess Philip K. Dick for the first three… But then I reread the part about them being from a LIVING male author.


  13. #13 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    Well that just put a knot in my knickers…

  14. #14 JanieBelle
    December 4, 2008

    It doesn’t read like Doyle, plus, he has the unfortunate attribute of being dead.

    Ditto on both counts, Herbert, Chrighton, Clarke, Roddenberry, and pretty much every male author I’ve come across searching your blog thus far.

    I’ll have to come back to this later today, if no one has gotten it by then.

  15. #15 Stephanie Z
    December 4, 2008

    Well, I know who the author has to be on the first three (I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t been in this list), but I don’t know the books.

  16. #16 The Science Pundit
    December 4, 2008

    That second quote makes me think of Hiaasen’s Strip Tease, but since most of my books are packed away right now, I can’t confirm.

  17. #17 Greg Laden
    December 4, 2008

    Doyle, Herbert, Chrighton, Clarke, Roddenberry,

    nope nope nope nope nope

    Science pundit: Maybe.

  18. #18 Becca
    December 4, 2008

    Greg: good guess, but no. I’m glad I wikipedia’d Illich though- I knew nothing about his being a Visiting Prof of Science, Technology and Society at Penn State.

  19. #19 Sandra Porter
    December 4, 2008

    I’m grant writing. This will have to wait until the weekend.

  20. #20 Tlazolteotl
    December 4, 2008

    I think the first three are from Faye Kellerman’s Detective Decker series. Not sure which books, though (I haven’t read them in awhile).

  21. #21 Tlazolteotl
    December 4, 2008

    Except for the male thing. Try again…

  22. #22 albi
    December 4, 2008

    Greg, It just so happened that I only finished the book about 2 weeks ago I somehow remembered that passage!

  23. #23 JanieBelle
    December 5, 2008

    Crap. I am easily distracted. I promise to get to it later today, at which time I will OH LOOK, SHINY BLOG!

  24. #24 Serena
    December 5, 2008

    The first one! I’ve got it! Carl Hiassen. But I don’t know what books the quotes are from…

  25. #25 Serena
    December 5, 2008

    Oops. Science Pundit, you beat me to it.