Monday, 3 March 2008

123 Book Tag

Leah, you rock! This is fun :)

I've been tagged by Leah in 123 Book Tag.
The rules are:

Find the book closest to you with at least 123 pages.
Turn to page 123
Find the fifth sentence
Post the next three sentences
Tag 5 people

So, from The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde:

Mycroft was feeding his bookworms in the workshop when Polly entered; she had just completed some mathematical calculations of almost incomprehensible complexity for him.

'I have the answer you wanted, Crofty, my love,' she said, sucking the end of a well-worn pencil.

'And that is?' asked Mycroft, busily pouring prepositions on to the bookworms, who devoured the abstract food greedily.

To find out what the heck is going on, and what Polly's answer was . . . you'll have to read the book! It's one of my favourites, I've read it several times. But be warned: Suspension of Belief is critical to the enjoyment of this author. It's satirical, facetious, and sarcastic. The Daily Telegraph (a UK Paper) says, 'Forget the rules of time, space and reality; just sit back and enjoy the adventure.' I absolutely concur! The back of this extraordinary piece of literature says:

Meet Thursday Nest, Literary Detective without equal, fear or boyfriend.

There is another 1985, where London's criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave's Mr Big.

Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from the works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

Thursday sets out to find a way into the book to repair the damage. But solving crimes against literature isn't easy when you also have to find time to halt the Crimean War, persuade the man you love to marry you, and figure out who really wrote Shakespeare's plays.

Perhaps today just isn't going to be Thursday's day.

My nominations for the Tag: Coila, Mithi, Heather C, Lauren B, Mark J.


littlemithi said...

Hah! Every book I picked up had pictures on pages 123 ... then I swiveled my chair round and picked up "A Humument" by Tom Phillips ... Sentence structure in this book is a bit strange, so I'm just going to start on page 123 and try and do you the first three sentences (or equivalent!)

1. Poetry, drawing, music and knowledge - I tried them all.

2. What volumes found them all I hoped to find art!

3. Only answer the question, my time of mind pride mere nonsense now.

See it here:

Heather said...

We played this game on the Nook awhile ago, but with a twist--we had to GUESS which book the three lines came from. Lots o' fun.

That Eyre Affair sounds like a great romp! As a lover of detective fiction AND literature, I'm definitely going to have to pick that one up (and suspend my disbelief...)

I think I'll post two 123 outtakes on my blog, since I can't let either of the two contenders stand alone (one makes me look geeky and the other like an airhead; my pride just can't take it!) ;)

Anyway, thanks for your comments on my blog and sorry I've been slow in commenting on yours, but life gets in the way sometimes...

Gardner Family said...

This book was just chosen for our book club book for April. I am in a book club with Megan Holdaway. It's fun. You should come when you get out here!