Back on the 1st March I posted a blog listing a collection of authors – not necessarily books – that I feel should be read. Some of the listed I had read and some I hadn’t. These last two months I have spent my reading leisure time rectifying this. From this reading list I have read the following.
I decided not to do reviews of the following authors/books, but instead give you a choice quote from each.
1. (a) Ian Fleming.
“You are right. Mister Bond. That is just what I am, a manic. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders – all maniacs.”
– Dr No.
2. (b) Agatha Christie.
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
– Murder on the Orient Express.
3. (f) Charles Dickens.
“Out of my thoughts! You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since – on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with.”
– Great Expectations.
4. (m) Philip K Dick.
“Once, he thought, I would have seen the stars. Years ago. But now it’s only the dust; no one has seen a star in years, at least not from Earth. Maybe I’ll go where I can see stars, he said to himself as the car gained velocity and altitude; it headed away from San Francisco, toward the uninhabited desolation to the north. To the place where no living thing would go. Not unless it felt that the end had come.”
– Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
5. (o) P.G. Wodehouse.
“Jeeves, you really are a specific dream-rabbit.”
“Thank you, miss. I am glad to have given satisfaction.”
– The Code of the Woosters.
More to follow as I keep on reading the authors down the list!