Friday, June 29, 2012

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

"People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of."

"The room quieted down.  Elphaba made up a little song on the spot, a song of longing and otherness , of far aways and future days.  Strangers closed their eyes to listen.  Boq did too.  Elphaba had an ok voice.  He saw the imaginary place she conjured up, a land where injustice and common cruelty and despotic rule and the beggaring first of drought didn't work together to hold everyone by the neck.  No, he wasn't giving her credit.  Elphaba had a GOOD voice.  It was controlled and feeling and nothistoric.  He listened through t the end, and the song faded into the hush of a respectful pub.  Later, he thought: The melody faded like a rainbow after a storm, or like winds calming down; and what was left was calm, and possibility, and relief."

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

"Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all of the patterns away.  I think prime numbers are like life.  They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spend all your time thinking about them."

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

"As a historian, I have learned that, in fact, not everyone who reaches back into history can survive it.  And it is not only reaching back that endangers us; sometimes history itself inexarably forward for us with its shadowy claws."

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

"My world was ordered, calm, and controlled, then you came into my life with your smart mouth, your innocence, your beauty, and your temerity...and everything before you was just dull, empty, was nothing."