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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Ferro View Post
    There's a Discworld PLAY? Man, I've been disconnected...

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    Quite a few, in fact.

    Years ago my wife and I went to see Mort at our local theatre. According to the bill it was performed by a youth group or something, so we were expecting late teens and early 20s. Turned out it was schoolchildren. (The head teacher played Death.)

    It was entertaining, and it would be very churlish to dismiss the acting skills of schoolkids who were doing their best. But it was very much a school play, and we hadn't expected that.

    At the same venue a few years later, we saw Weird Sisters, which was done extremely well. The only thing was, nobody was laughing at the jokes. I felt sorry for the actors, especially the woman who played Granny Weatherwax, because I knew her. The thing was, I think we were all getting into the story (and consequently enjoying it) but the jokes have been copied by others since the book came out, and consequently they are too familiar to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

    [Snip an addition that would probably annoy people because it mentions a fantasy novel that someone is bound to want to quote.]

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    There's almost no chance that I would would be able to identify any
    quote that anyone will post here, so I'll just barge in and post one,
    myself.
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    the numbers of man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    There's almost no chance that I would would be able to identify any
    quote that anyone will post here, so I'll just barge in and post one,
    myself.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    You'd be surprised - I never thought I'd get one for at least several pages, but then, as ToSeek said, it was relatively easy
    I haven't a clue about yours but I want to post one too while I have the chance. Fight it out amongst yourselves who answers what & posts next (Sorry Gillianren)

    This is an old favourite of mine & one of the 1st contemporary fantasy books I ever read (recently interested to hear it's to made into a film!):
    He stretched out his right hand with its fingers spread stiff towards his family, and saw them instantly caught into a stop in time, frozen out of all movement. Like waxworks they stood stiff and motionless round the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek View Post
    It is indeed. Your go. (I would love to see Pratchett done on stage, but unfortunately his popularity isn't sufficient for that on this side of the Atlantic.)
    It is in Seattle, I think, but we still haven't been that fortunate. (The man himself says that the biggest crowds he gets for his book signings in the US are at UW.)
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    Gillianren wrote:
    (The man himself says that the biggest crowds he gets for his book signings in the US are at UW.)
    I'd be willing to drive up to UW to sign one of his books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    I'd be willing to drive up to UW to sign one of his books.
    Why? Seems to me you could sign one of his books right where you are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post
    This is an old favourite of mine & one of the 1st contemporary fantasy books I ever read (recently interested to hear it's to made into a film!):

    Quote:
    He stretched out his right hand with its fingers spread stiff towards his family, and saw them instantly caught into a stop in time, frozen out of all movement. Like waxworks they stood stiff and motionless round the room.
    I haven't a clue. Any chance of a hint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Nigel View Post
    I haven't a clue. Any chance of a hint?
    Of course. British authoress. Series of 5 children/young adult's books. Waaay before Harry Potter!
    Name the book or the series, same thing. 'Water from the thaw'.

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    Still not really sure. Maybe something by Diana Wynn Jones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Nigel View Post
    Still not really sure. Maybe something by Diana Wynn Jones?
    No. Hmmn not heard of her, will have to research
    Ok, this is totally getting into Google territory but don't want to bog down the thread:

    'Fire in the candle ring, water from the thaw
    Six signs the circle, and the grail gone before'.
    Last edited by Roy Batty; 2007-Apr-24 at 10:41 PM. Reason: to add quote tags

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    E. Nesbit? I haven't read much of her.
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    E. Nesbit? I haven't read much of her.
    No, not her either.
    And I thought this would be fairly easy

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    The quote I insinuated shouldn't be too hard, since part of the
    identification has already appeared in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post
    No. Hmmn not heard of her, will have to research
    Ok, this is totally getting into Google territory but don't want to bog down the thread:
    Diana Wynne Jones's Tough Guide to Fantasyland (may not have the title exactly right) is one of the funniest things you'll ever read.
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    'Fire in the candle ring, water from the thaw
    Six signs the circle, and the grail gone before'.


    Would that be something by Marion Zimmer Bradley? I can't specify a book, because I 've never read any of her stuff.

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    I've got a bit lost in this thread. Has anybody mentioned Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Beardsley View Post
    I've got a bit lost in this thread. Has anybody mentioned Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence?
    Thank goodness! Yes, spot on Paul. Your go, phew

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    This at least explains why I couldn't work out the book. I had never even heard of Susan Cooper before today.

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    I have, but she's on the long list of "books I need to get around to."
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Batty View Post
    Thank goodness! Yes, spot on Paul. Your go, phew
    Thanks Roy.

    As I often do with the scifi quote, I'll provide two to increase the chances given that they are fairly obscure. Either one will do.

    "It always happens during the hour after midnight. Between twelve and one in the morning. You can see the same phenomenon at several places in the city. Not many people know about it, and a number of those places I haven't seen myself, but it's a fact: during that hour a few buildings in Venice cast a reflection on the water that doesn't match reality. There are only tiny differences. Lights in windows, sometimes an extra door, people walking past buildings when there's no one really there."
    "Yes, I found the place," said Falmer. "It's a queer sort of place, pretty much as the legends describe it." He spat quickly into the fire, as if the act of speech had been physically distasteful to him, and, half averting his face from the scrutiny of Thone, stared with morose and somber eyes into the jungle-matted Venezuelan darkness.

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    Can we get a hint?
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    "Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"

    "You can't erase icing."

    "I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"

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    Okay. The first was from a trilogy that was only recently translated into English.

    The second was from a short story from (I think) the 1930s.

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    Almost unbelievably (since I've read little straight horror/fantasy), I am quite sure that the second one is by Clark Ashton Smith. It's a short story, with a man-eating plant. "The Seed of Doom" or something like that.

    All that remains from a high-school memory...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander View Post
    Almost unbelievably (since I've read little straight horror/fantasy), I am quite sure that the second one is by Clark Ashton Smith. It's a short story, with a man-eating plant. "The Seed of Doom" or something like that.

    All that remains from a high-school memory...
    Close enough, Mike. It's "The Seeds from the Sepulchre", and you got the right author.

    The other one is by a German author called Kai Meyer. The book is called The Flowing Queen over here in the UK, and The Water Mirror in the US. It's rather good; it's set in 1890, in a Venice where soldiers ride animated stone lions, where mermaids are treated as slaves, and where the Flowing Queen's power protects the lagoon from the besieging forces of the resurrected Pharaoh's army of undead mummies...

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    I guess that means it's your go, Mike.
    Last edited by Dr Nigel; 2007-May-04 at 04:15 PM. Reason: typo

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    OK. Let me get home and pull something. Y'all check back in a few hours.

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    A quote:

    Fine lines of light traced in the blackness-white, silver, blue, yellow, red-mainly straight, but sometimes wavering. They cross the entire field of darkness, and some were brighter than others...
    Slowing, slowing...
    Finally, the lines were no longer infinite roadways or strands of a web.
    They were long thin rods-then sticks-hyphens of light...
    Ultimately, they were winking points.

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    Hmm - looks like another one I haven't read.

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    The quote describes someone waking up.

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