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So!

1. "All children, except one, grow up." Peter Pan by my homeboy JMB. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] pyjamaramad, [livejournal.com profile] ems, and the Ciarabird [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge

2. "I have two friends. A good one and a bad one." Naive.Super by Erlend Loe.

3. "When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say LEO GURSKY IS SURVIVED BY AN APARTMENT FULL OF SHIT." The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ems.

4. "Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake" Crush by Richard Siken.

5. "Halfway through the televised debate I kick my boot into the screen." Lockpick Pornography by Joey Comeau.

6. “There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature with the most agreeable manners.” Candide. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thekatiefactor, [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge, and [livejournal.com profile] ems :)

7. “The Rue du Coq d’Or, Paris, seven in the morning. A succession of furious, choking yells from the street.” Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge.

8. “All young people worry about things, it’s a natural and inevitable part of growing up, and at the age of sixteen my greatest anxiety in life was that I’d never again achieve anything as good, or pure, or noble, or true, as my O-level results.” Starter for Ten by David Nicholls. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] thekatiefactor, [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge, and [livejournal.com profile] ems!

9. “I believe that what separates humanity from everything else in this world- spaghetti, binder paper, deep-sea creatures, edelweiss and Mount McKinley- is that humanity alone has the capacity at any given moment to commit all possible sins.” Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland.

10. “An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.” Boy by Roald Dahl. Guessed by Ciara and [livejournal.com profile] ems.

11. “This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.” Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.

12.

The Wake by Neil Gaiman (I would name the artist too, but my book is at home). Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] esionnoir!

13. “This is the tricky one. The effect of the bill will be to abolish trial by jury in at least half of the cases that currently come before the courts and will to a significant extent abolish the presumption of innocence.” The History Boys, by Alan Bennett.

14. “Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower-block? Of course I can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower-block. I’m not a bloody idiot.” A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ems, [livejournal.com profile] franzwhore, [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge, [livejournal.com profile] esionnoir, and [livejournal.com profile] _autumncolours!

15. “I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.” Correctly guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ems as the start of Sassoon's declaration, this is also the opening of Regeneration by Pat Barker.

16. “Love was in the air, so both of us walked through love on our way to the corner.” Adverbs by Daniel Handler.

17. “Do they have movies in England?” Back Home by Michelle Magorian. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] ems, who is clearly my soulmate.

18. “In the spring of 1989, shortly after my twenty-seventh birthday, as I stood in the sleet at a bus stop in Colchester, it dawned on me that I had probably, all things considered, failed in my mission to become Sting.” Lost in Music, by Giles Smith.

19. “Sometimes, when a man is dying, he directs that his body shall be given to the doctors, so that the causes of his suffering and death may be investigated, and the knowledge used to help others. I cannot give my body yet; only my heart and my mind, trusting that by this gift I can give some hope and courage to other men like myself, and to the rest of the world some understanding.” Against the Law, by Peter Wildeblood.

20. “Once when I was six years old I saw a beautiful picture in a book about the primeval forest called True Stories.” Le Petit Prince. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] eisenlunge and [livejournal.com profile] ems.

21. “True story. Last winter, three men from a village in West Yorkshire went fishing off the coast near Scarborough, and hauled in an unexploded mine from the Second World War.” All Points North by Simon Armitage.

22. “Jane Spencer collects pictures of slim young men.” A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, by Amy Bloom.

23. “What about a teakettle?” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Guessed by the unstoppable [livejournal.com profile] ems!

24. “The circumstances which I am about to relate to my juvenile readers took place in the year 1647.” The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat.


25.

Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman & artist.

I love that the main guessers were my oldest LJ friend, and my newest! And for a lot of the unguessed ones, there was at least one person I thought would guess them. I wasn't being totally obscure on purpose!

I recommend all these books. Obviously.

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] esionnoir.livejournal.com
I was so sure that was a Sandman one (Brief Lives) however then I figured you wouldn't do two Sandmans (Sandmen?). You tricked me!!

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
Haha! I'm so sneaky I don't even realise I'm doing it.

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] esionnoir.livejournal.com
Now I know you how you roll, I won't fall for that again, sneakypants!

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
That's what you think!

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thekatiefactor.livejournal.com
I can't believe I didn't get Naive.Super, The History Boys, A Long Way Down, or Le Petit Prince!

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Date: 2009-12-14 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
I was surprised nobody got the History Boys, especially! Or Regeneration!

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Date: 2009-12-14 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drunkenchipmunk.livejournal.com
Awww I wish I'd seen the original post :( I love Regeneration! Go Pat Barker. Did you ever watch the televised series?

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Date: 2009-12-14 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
Was that the one with Jonathan Pryce and Jonny Lee Miller? I have seen that!

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Date: 2009-12-14 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drunkenchipmunk.livejournal.com
Yes! Strangely great, even though the books are better.

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Date: 2009-12-14 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ems.livejournal.com
Can't BELIEVE I missed The History Boys! What an eejit. I love that there are at least three of my favourite books ever on here. <3

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Date: 2009-12-14 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
I think it's just such an odd beginning that it threw everybody off the scent! And hee, which three?

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Date: 2009-12-14 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ems.livejournal.com
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, History of Love and Back Home. Can't believe I missed Down and Out in Paris and London too. Gaaaah.

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Date: 2009-12-14 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suthnoli.livejournal.com
I reread Back Home over the summer. I love that book. And you guessed a lot of them, really!

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