1. Curtis Craddoc: An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors
“I still think I should-”
“No!” Isabelle rallied against the automatic male assumption that anything she might do, they could do better, even if they had no experience whatsoever.
We’ve all been there Isabelle
2. Terry Pratchett: Small Gods
“What have I always believed?
That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right.”
I could fill ten posts with Terry Pratchett quotes but to be fair to other authors I’ll keep it at one.
3. KJ Charles: Spectred Isle
“You’ve had a hell of a time, haven’t you?”
“Other’s worse,” Saul managed.
“That is the most specious form of consolation possible. One can always find someone who has it worse. If I’m having my fingernails torn out with pincers, it is unhelpful to observe that my neighbour has been hanged, drawn and quartered.”
This is such an important concept and I love that it came up in the book.
4. Jane Austen: Persuasion
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.
I also could fill many posts with Austenian love-declaration…
5. Naomi Novik: Uprooted
“They all had stories. They had mothers or fathers, sisters or lovers. They weren’t alone in the world, mattering to no one but themselves. It seemed utterly wrong to treat them like pennies in a purse. I felt the soldiers understood perfectly well that we were making sums out of them– this many safe to spend, this number too high, as if each one wasn’t a whole man.”
Uprooted is a beautiful story that starts off very fairy-tale like but soon turns pretty dark and drops sentences like this.
6. The Iron Ship
He could rarely find his hammers, or his shoes, or his mistress, and therefore had many spares of each.
The whole book is very quotable and has hilarious, meaningful and sad sentences. I choose this
because it was the best of all it was the first I could find on my saved Kindle notes.
7. Carol Berg: The Demon Prism
She raises Grapes. I raise the dead.
In which the grumpy necromancer desperately tries to come up with reasons why a relationship with the clever and talented mage who enjoys stabbing people would be a bad idea.
8. Rose Lerner: Sweet Disorder
“I bought you a ham,”
“Well, I know you don’t like sweets.”
If you do not think ham-presents are the most romantic thing ever you are obviously wrong.
9. Victoria Schlederer: Des Teufels Maskerade (The Devil’s Masquerade)
(badly translated by me)
“Do I believe it? That Duchess Libuša is an ancient vampire who sleeps somewhere in the Hradschin and has tasked a heroic maniac to lead Bohemia to independence? Of course, I don’t believe it!”
From the mouth of an English aristocrat, who has spent decades as ghost, before a magical accident turned him in an otter, this generally reasonable view, sounded rather frivolous.
I love this book. A lot. Magic! Czech history! An adorable couple! An (almost) equally adorable aristocrat-turned-otter.
10. Lyndsay Faye: The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
“I require your assistance, and you suppose you’re too good for my money! Well, you aren’t, Mr. Holmes!”
“On the contrary. I suspect that I’ve been too good for better people’s money as a matter of fact.”
Lyndsay Faye is one of the few Holmes pastiche authors I love and sentences like this are the reason for it.