Three-book third sentence Thursday

(What is Third Sentence Thursday? Open the book you’re reading to a random page. Post the third complete sentence on that page. Add a few comments about the book.) I started playing with Third Sentence Thursday last week, and I’m still reading multiple books. It seems like it’s in the spirit of the game to include – what else? – three of them.

The Summoning God, Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, p. 237:

“‘What do they do with them after they’re cooked?'”

On page 237, we’re in the present-day part of the plot. (Another, parallel, story is happening among the Anasazi about 800 years ago.) “Them” and “they’re” refers to dead babies – bad enough – but the first “they” in the sentence are witches among the native peoples of the U.S. Southwest. And the young archaeologist who’s the unheard other half of this conversation is becoming convinced that he himself has been witched.

God Has a Dream, Desmond Tutu, p. 46:

“How do you tell your little darling that she could not go because she was a child but she was not really a child, not that kind of child?”

Archbishop Tutu is talking about raising children under apartheid in South Africa, and how impossible it was to explain to his little daughter why she couldn’t go play on the nice swings. He goes on, in this chapter (God Loves Your Enemies), to describe various hateful things that people have done to one another. But how can we move forward and not be trapped forever in pain and anger? Truth and reconciliation are called for. By God, and by practicality.

The Case of the Dangerous Dowager, Erle Stanley Gardner, p. 54:

“‘Let’s see if he’s got those IOUs.'”

Notorious lawyer Perry Mason is trying to settle his client’s gambling debts…but the manager of the casino is sitting at his desk, in his private office, shot dead. The casino’s co-owner Charlie Duncan has turned up at the most awkward possible moment and seems to suspect Mason. At the moment, Duncan wants an assistant to take Mason away and search him. (Mason has burned the IOUs and is busily chewing up the ashes mixed with a wad of chewing gum.) And what happens next?

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5 responses to “Three-book third sentence Thursday

  1. needs more investigation

  2. ‘Don’t frighten him, now!’ Hagrid shouted, as Ron and Harry used their wands to shoot jets of fiery sparks at the Skrewts, which was advancing menacingly on them, its sting arched, quivering over its back. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling. I never read them all the first time round so this year i have set myself a goal to do so – along with everything else.

    • It’s a good series – one of the clever things about it is the way the books become more complex as the characters grow up! The first story is a children’s book in many ways, but by the end the books are somewhere in the borderland between YA and just plain general-adult-reader fiction.

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