Thursday Quotables: Every Heart a Doorway

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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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Every Heart

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
(published 2016)

This slim little book about what happens to children who disappear into other worlds after their adventures end is fully of wildly vivid and beautiful language:

… Nancy stood, frozen and temporarily forgotten, in the shadows on the porch. She knew, in an academic way, that she should hurry after them — that she shouldn’t stand out here alone, where anything could happen to her. But that seemed hasty, and dangerous. Stillness was safer. Stillness had saved her before, and it would save her now.

She had forgotten how much like pomegranate juice a bloodstain could look, in the right light.

She had forgotten how beautiful it was.

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Thursday Quotables: Killing Grounds

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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.”

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Thursday Quotables: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
(published 2011)

I read this book back in 2011, and now I’m listening to the audiobook to get reacquainted with the story before reading books 2 and 3. The first-person narrative is working really well via audio, even though I miss all the odd pictures!

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After.

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Thursday Quotables: The Steep & Thorny Way

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Steep & Thorny Way

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
(published 2016)

I’m *this close* to the end of The Steep & Thorny Way, and I’m loving it! If only the world would go away for a few hours, I might actually finish today. If you think a Hamlet retelling set in 1920s rural Oregon sounds like an unlikely concept… well, you have no idea how well it works!

“Do you hope to get married someday?” he asked.

“As long as I don’t fall in love with a man the wrong color.”

He exhaled a steady stream of air through his nostrils. “I think love and wrong are two deeply unrelated words that should never be thrown into the same sentence together. Like dessert and broccoli.”

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Thursday Quotables: Breakup

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Breakup

Breakup by Dana Stabenow
Kate Shugak series, #7

(published 1997)

Clearly, I’m on a role with this series! I just can’t get enough of the characters, the setting, or the tone that keeps veering between sarcastic and serious. In terms of context, the term “breakup” here refers to the the time of year, roughly March and April, when the snow in Alaska melts, winter ends, but everything is slushy and people and animals get a little cranky and a little crazy.

What with one thing and another, it had been a very long twenty-four hours, even for breakup. Not one but two close encounters of the ursine kind, a jet engine falling out of the sky to smash flat her primary means of summer transportation, a hole in the roof and, oh yes, let us not forget, income tax.

And now, on top of everything else, a body.

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Thursday Quotables: The Giver

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The Giver

The Giver by Lois Lowry
(published 1993)

I’m so glad that I took the time to re-read this book! I suppose I should thank my son’s middle school English teacher for assigning it to the class, which inspired me to pick it up as well.

The Giver told him that it would be a very long time before he had the colors to keep.

“But I want them!” Jonas said angrily. “It isn’t fair that nothing has color!”

“Not fair?” The Giver looked at Jonas curiously. “Explain what you mean.”

“Well…” Jonas had to stop and think it through. “If everything’s the same, then there aren’t any choices! I want to wake up in the morning and decide things! A blue tunic, or a red one?”

He looked down at himself, at the colorless fabric of his clothing. “But it’s all the same, always.”

Then he laughed a little. “I know it’s not important, what you wear. It doesn’t matter. But — ”

“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?” The Giver asked him.

 

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Thursday Quotables: The Travelers

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The Travelers

The Travelers by Chris Pavone
(release date March 8, 2016)

I’m loving this tense spy thriller, which features a lot of moving parts and people doing mysterious things. I’ve read about 40% so far, and just wish I had time to read straight through to the end without interruption! One thing I’m really enjoying is that beyond the intrigue and spy shenanigans, there are a lot of little moments that show so much about marriage and relationships:

This is one of the things that drives Chloe crazy about this renovation project, about her husband in general. She doesn’t care if everything is perfect; she merely wants it to be good enough. And this is exactly why Will doesn’t let her handle any of it. he knows that she will settle, will make compromises that he wouldn’t.

Here’s another:

Will sprawls amid the sheets while Chloe rearranges her hair, and replaces earrings, reties her scarf, all these tasks executed distractedly but deftly, the small competencies of being a woman, skills unknowable to him. The only thing men learn is how to shave.

 

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Thursday Quotables: Stars Above

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Stars Above

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
(published 2016)

This collection of Lunar Chronicles stories is off to a great start! From “The Keeper”, the opening story:

Cinders. Embers. Ashes. Michelle hoped that whatever strength had allowed this child to survive the fire all those years ago was a strength that still burned inside her. That it would go on burning, hotter and hotter, until she was as bright as the rising sun.

She would need that strength for what lay ahead.

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Thursday Quotables: All The Winters After

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All the Winters After

All the Winters After by Seré Prince Halverson
(published 2016)

I’m in love with this book! If only I didn’t have little things like work and sleep interrupting, I would have finished by now. Amazing characters, fascinating personal journeys, and a to-die-for setting in Alaska all make this a great read. Here a brief description of some of my favorite sights in Alaska:

All along the bench of land above the bay, fireweed spread like its namesake, setting the slope ablaze in the most vibrant fuchsia. In this land known for everything large and majestic — mountains, eagles, glaciers, bears, even its mosquitoes, which Alaskans called the state bird — the tiny, pale state flower popped up everywhere, those delicate sky-colored forget-me-nots with their pinpointed yellow centers, as if the sun had sacrificed a part of itself in order to anoint each one with a sacred droplet of light.

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Alaska state flower: forget-me-not

Alaska state flower: forget-me-not

 

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Thursday Quotables: All The Birds In The Sky

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All the Birds

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
(published 2016)

I’m about 25 pages from the end of this odd, sweet, fascinating book about a mad scientist, a witch, and the end of the world. The writing can be beautiful and sad, but it also includes some weirdly funny bits, like this:

Theodolphus had not eaten ice cream since the poisoning at the mall, and he didn’t deserve any now. Ice cream was for assassins who finished their targets. Still, he kept imagining how ice cream would taste, how it would melt on his tongue and release layers of flavor. He no longer trusted ice cream, but he needed ice cream.

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