Book Selection (Fantasy)

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* 1. Who are you?

Consider the following selections:

Watership Down - Richard Adams
"The primroses were over. Toward the edge of the wood, where the ground became open and sloped down to an old fence and a brambly ditch beyond, only a few fading patches of pale yellow still showed among the dog's mercury and oak-tree roots."

Dune - Frank Herbert
"In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul. It was a warm night at Castle Caladan, and the ancient pile of stone that had served the Atreides family as home for twenty-six generations bore that cooled-sweat feeling it acquired before a change in the weather."

American Gods - Neil Gaiman
"Shadow had done three years in prison. He was big enough and looked don't-fuck-with-me enough that his biggest problem was killing time. So he kept himself in shape, and taught himself coin tricks, and thought a lot about how much he loved his wife."

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
"She had been running for days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels. She was hungry, and exhausted, and more tired than a body could stand, and each successive door was proving harder to open. After four days of flight, she had found a hiding place, a tiny stone burrow, under the world, where she would be safe, or so she prayed, and at last she slept."

The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carrol
"Look, Thomas, I know you've probably been asked this question a million times before, but what was it really like to be Stephen Abbey's—"
"—Son?" Ah, the eternal question. I recently told my mother that my name isn't Thomas Abbey, but rather Stephen Abbey's Son. This time I sighed and pushed what was left of my cheesecake around the plate. "It's very hard to say. I just remember him as being very friendly, very loving. Maybe he was just stoned all the time."

Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more."

AEgypt - John Crowley
"If ever some power with three wishes to grant were to appear before Pierce Moffett, he or she or it (djinn, fairy godmother, ring curiously inscribe) would find him not entirely unprepared, but not entirely ready either."

The Silent Land - Graham Joyce

"It was snowing again. Gentle six-pointed flakes from a picture book, settling on her jacket sleeve. The mountain air prickled with ice and the savor of pine resin. Zoe pulled the air into her lungs, feeling the cracking cold of it before letting go. And when the mountain peak seemed to nod and sigh back at her, she almost thought she could die in that place, and happily."

The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
"Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of
the kitchen. The three great tables that ran the length of the hall were laid already, the silver and the glass
catching what little light there was, and the long benches were pulled out ready for the guests. "

The Gunslinger - Stephen King
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what looked like eternity in all directions. It was white and blinding and waterless and without feature save for the faint, cloudy haze of the mountains which sketched themselves on the horizon and the devil-grass which brought sweet dreams, nightmares, death."

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* 2. Rank these picks, number 1 being the one you'd most prefer to read next.

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* 3. Thinking ahead, which category of book would you like to read next month (March)?