Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Pick-Up Memes

Not all memes are “tag” memes, whereby you are tagged by your blogger friends into doing something, and then in turn, you tag others to do the same. It’s like a blogging chain game, without the illegality of the chain letter.

There is also the “pick-up” meme, whereby you voluntarily pick up a meme from a blogger friend who has posted it to his site.

I got this pick-up meme from a long-time friend and fellow blogger, Howlin’ Hobbit. The rules are:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

For me, the book is Gray Lensman, by E. E. “Doc” Smith. I’m in the middle of re-reading the six-book series, and this is the fourth book.

And the fifth sentence on page 161 reads:

“His taloned fingers, ravening to tear, went past, not around, the Overlord’s throat; and the scimitared tail of the reptile, fierce-driven, apparently went through the Lensman, screens, armor, and brisket, but touched none of them in passing.”

Purple prose, indeed. But this is actually fairly mild. The florid language Doc used in the Skylark series would drive an anaesthetized editor up the wall in this day and age

So, have at it – pick it up and post it. Let’s see what smart bloggers are reading, this season!


Blogger Balbulican said...

"At that moment somone in the street started shouting "Apaga la luz!" ((Turn off the light!) over and over, more and more loudly with increasing agitation."

Page 161, sentence 5 of "The Soccer War", Ryszard Kapuschinski.

I admit I cheated. The book closest to me only had 98 pages. The book next closest to me was the Concise Oxford Dictionary. This was the 3rd closest.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 3:35:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Not cheating! Book one didn't qualify, and I really think the rules were referring to a book you are reading, rather than referring to once in awhile.

You are supposed to post it on your own site, however (although it's okay here) so people who read you but don't read me can pick it up themselves...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger Balbulican said...

Sigh. Not only cheating, but getting it wrong to boot. What a loser. I hate Fiscal Year End.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Oh, yeah -- that time of yeah, again, eh? How to calculate what you owe:

1. How much money did you make?
2. How much do you have left?
3. Send it to us...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 1:29:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I'm not usually that big of a Mercer fan, but his "knee in my packet" takeoff of "hands in my pockets" is pretty funny.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:17:00 PM  

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