Thursday Quotables: Killing Grounds


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.  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!

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8Killing Grounds

Killing Grounds (Kate Shugak, #8) by Dana Stabenow
(published 1999)

I know it must seem like all I do is read Kate Shugak books, but honestly, I do read other things as well! However… the Kate books always have terrific descriptions that I can’t resist quoting.

“Quiet!” Chopper Jim bellowed out the command with all the authority of twenty-five years of experience.

It didn’t silence the Amartuq Creek Debating Society, but it woke up a peacefully slumbering grizzly male in a clump of diamond willow across the creek, who had been sleeping off the stupefying effect of a dozen early silvers gulped for brunch. Jim’s bellow startled him to his feet, where he tripped over a branch, somersaulted down the bank and into the creek with a tremendous splash, followed by an even more tremendous bawl of outrage that flushed birds from every tree in sight, startled a yearling moose out of a thicket and caused a family of otters to vacate their fishing hole for less boisterous habitation downstream.

There’s always some clever or quippy dialogue to entertain me too:

His eyes lifted quickly to hers, and his slow smile told her exactly what he was thinking. Still, he hesitated. “How are your various aches and pains?”

“Variously achy and painy,” she said, “but don’t let that stop you.”

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

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4 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Killing Grounds

    • Thank you! This author has a great way of describing the world around the characters, and often manages to slip a little humor in as well.

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