Thursday, January 05, 2006

Page 123 meme

Saw this meme at The Slush God Speaketh and decided to play along. Here's the rules:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
All right, I'll reach over to my right and pick a book off the shelf without looking.

"I switched on the flashlight, hurried down the stairs and lifted one of the sabers from the wall."

I counted the first sentence on the page, which actually started on the page before it. The next sentence, which depending on how you interpret the rules may be the correct sentence, was "It was a heavy but well balanced weapon."
The Slush God sees the fun in people guessing who wrote the sentence, so guess in the comments. If no one comments, no one will know what the book is.


writerfella said...

Hmm, sounds like a line from "The Most Dangerous Game..."

Mr. Faust said...

Lawrence Block?

Brian said...

Nope, both good tries though. I'll give you a hint: it's a posthumous collection of horror stories by a famous fantasy/science fiction author.

writerfella said...

OK, either Damon Knight, or H. P. Lovecraft...

Brian said...

That's very close, writerfella, but no cigar. I'll leave the answer here on Monday.

Brian said...

For those of you who paid any attention to this meme, the answer was: "The Black Gondolier" by Fritz Leiber, edited by John Pelan & Steve Savile. The story the line came from was "Spider Mansion." Thanks for playing.