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06 June 2018 - 10:49 p.m.

Could You Repeat That? CLXX
Favorite Lines of Recent Reads

The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish
But the weird flip side of this is that I know I'm safe up there. I know they can say whatever they want to, but nobody's gonna hurt me up there. If somebody does hurt me, it's gonna be in a room full of witnesses.

John Constantine, Hellblazer: Tainted Love (graphic novel), Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Life, Missy Robbins with Carrie King
My parents were foodies before it was cool.

Fables: Book Three (graphic novel), Mark Buckingham
CINDY: We're like an annual meeting of his parole board, getting together once a year to confirm that he's still an unrepentant fuck and continues to be deserving of our organized contempt.

Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor
"All of us. I have been thinking about it all. Black Hat, Ekwensu, Sunny, your dreams, that first vision you had in the candle. I've been thinking most about your...condition."
"You mean being doubled?" Sunny said. "Sheesh, it's not like Voldemort's name, you can say it aloud."

Infomocracy, Malka Older
"We need to consider humanitarian principles."
"We are not humanitarians," snaps the woman with the bangs. "We are bureaucrats. That said," she adds more gently, "he's not wrong."

Hunger, Roxane Gay
I am not promiscuous with my warmth, but when I share it, my warmth can be as hot as the sun.

Release, Patrick Ness
"I came here to tell you of my murder," she says, "and then to kill you, but you..." She steps back from the man. "You are so small."

American Fire, Monica Hesse
As economies change, as landscapes change, nostalgia is the only good America will never stop producing. We gorge on it ourselves and we pass it down to generations.

Birds of Prey: A Clash of Daggers (graphic novel), Duane Swierczynski
BATGIRL: Talons?! But I thought they were all secured in Blackgate?
CATWOMAN: Running. What about running?
BATGIRL: If we turn our backs, they'll kill us where we stand.
CATWOMAN: Figured.
BATGIRL: S'it true about you and Green Arrow...?
CATWOMAN: A lady never tells.
BATGIRL: So, absolutely it's true.

Head On, John Scalzi
I recognized the smile as the one Mom used as an alternative to murdering someone.

The Art of Flavor, Daniel Patterson and Mandy Aftel
Carrots love citrus, as it happens--in a universe of very few constant rules, this is one.

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I wondered if it was the same snail, crawling out, being thrown back in, and then crawling out again. Determined. I wanted to buy the whole basket and set that one snail free.

It Devours!, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
He sat on his knees remembering without remembering, crying without knowing why, a man who had been taught a lesson thirty-three years earlier that he was only now starting to learn.

New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson
"We all want justice and revenge."
"Which is one thing," Jeff reminds her.
"Okay whatever. We want justice-revenge."
"Juvenge," Mutt tries. "Rejustenage."

Power Man and Iron Fist: Street Magic (graphic novel), David F Walker
LUKE: You want to do the talking?
DANNY: You talk. Everyone likes you more than they like me.
LUKE: This is true.

Tricks for Free, Seanan McGuire
Stories are universal. Details, though...details can get you killed.

Birds of Prey: The Cruelest Cut (graphic novel), Christy Marx
WHIPCRACK: Before I became Whipcrack, I was known as the Butcher of Varna. I will carve you into--
WHIPCRACK: Guards! Guards!

The Rose and the Dagger, Renee Ahdieh
"Just tell me this: Why have you been lying to me this entire time?"
Despina shrugged. "I was born to lie, Shahrzad. I ask you, how does one recover from such an inclination?"

Royals: Beyond Inhuman (graphic novel), Al Ewing
NOH-VARR: Terrigen warps biology and breaks physics. It's very exitence blurs the lines between science, magic, and religion...and Medusa--the queen--was the one who took it away. Of course she's dying. She's dying of metaphor.
FLINT: That's--that's crazy, Noh-varr. That doesn't make any sense. There's got to be a--a cure, or--
NOH-VARR: For the poetic revenge of a mystical element?

The Waters of Eternal Youth, Donna Leon
Brunetti didn't move, didn't speak, tried to give no evidence of anything save attention. He both wanted and needed to understand her.

Our Global Family Cookbook, EF Go Ahead Tours
While the Ancient Greeks are to thank for bringing olive trees to Italy, the Italians are credited with perfecting oil production--and it's a toss-up as to who makes the best today.

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