Thursday Quotables: The Book of Life


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.Β  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
(Released July 15, 2014)

Book #3 in the All Souls trilogy is as intense as you’d expect — but for my Thursday Quotables selection, I thought I’d go with a few lines that made me smile:

Chris threw his hands in the air. “Well, no vampire ever knocked up a girl on Buffy. Not even Spike. And God knows he never practiced safe sex.”

Bewitched had provided my mother’s generation with their supernatural primer. For mine it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whichever creatures had introduced Joss Whedon to our world had a lot to answer for. I sighed.

And another cute moment:

“No, I’m a vampire.” Matthew stepped forward, joining Chris under the projector’s light. “And before you ask, I can go outside during the day and my hair won’t catch fire in the sunlight. I’m Catholic and have a crucifix. When I sleep, which is not often, I prefer a bed to a coffin. If you try to stake me, the wood will likely splinter before it enters my skin.”

He bared his teeth. “No fangs either. And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled.” Matthew’s face darkened to emphasize the point.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

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11 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: The Book of Life

    • It is! Especially the first book in the series, with its academic setting and emphasis on tracking down a missing manuscript. It’s a vampire (and witch) book for thinking adults!

  1. I loved when Matthew pointed out that he has never sparkled. I really enjoyed that book. Such a fitting end to the series.

    My favorite line that has jumped out at me this week is actually from the museum of extraordinary things. “Men are men with all their flaws, as we have ours, that’s true, but the best among them manage to discover who we really are”

    I just really liked that line.

  2. When the last of this series came out recently I thought I should check them out but was unsure as I’m over paranormal romance and vampires in general, but from the quotes you picked I think I will have to reconsider! Any vampire book that acknowledges Buffy and makes fun of Twilight is a winner in my books πŸ˜‰

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