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I just got around to typing these up--I've had them written out for a couple years.

I adore the writing of Patricia A. McKillip. This isn't even my favorite book of hers, but I still love the language. Her stories are more like poetry than prose. Reading her novels (and not all of them are in this style) made me realize the importance of each word. I can only hope to write as half as beautifully as her. (Patricia A. McKillip has shown me how to form language, especially description. Peter S. Beagle, among others, showed me the importance of capturing the reader's emotions, though I am still struggling to learn how. A.S. Byatt showed me how to write stories within stories.) One day, I shall get around to writing more letters to authors.

I've said this isn't my favorite book, but there are still parts of it that I love. One of my favorites is how the prince wears glasses and is always losing or breaking them. (Finally! A character in a fantasy novel with glasses!) He's also learning how to be a mage, and at one point accidentally breaks every mirror in the castle.

Quotes from The Book of Atrix Wolfe
By Patricia A. McKillip

And there are lots of delicious descriptions of food )

I would love to be able to make icons using quotes from her books. Many of the covers are done by Kinuko Y. Craft, whose art is amazing.

Several other McKillip books written in this style:
--The Tower at Stony Wood (My favorite, and the first one I read.)
--Ombria in Shadow
--Harrowing the Dragon (collection of short stories)
--Song for the Basilisk
--In the Forests of Serre (Baba Yaga wears green sunglasses!)

Possession

Jun. 1st, 2007 10:42 am
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My second super-long entry of quotes, this time from Possession by A.S. Byatt, which is a novel that more people need to read. It's beautifully written, and makes one believe that fantastic things can happen during a doldrums life. Again, I put together the quotes list for myself, but feel free to use whatever you want (as I don't even own the book to begin with!).

The book cover is lovely, too )
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I have a habit of collecting quotes. (By the way, could anybody tell me how to make the topics in my sidebar into links to the categories, or point me to the right section in the FAQ?) I don't expect much, if any, of them to interest anyone by myself. I was getting tired of having quotes scattered all over the place in various notebooks and sheets of paper. (I seriously thought this LJ was just going to be a place to post stories? Hah!) The following are from Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber. I enjoy it because it's both a terrific novel and source of anthropological information.

Cut for insanely long entry )

Note to self: look more into Santeria, Chenka, Olo, Yoruba, Tour de Montaille

Have patience with more quotes that will be coming.

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