Thoughtful Thursday: Guess What We’re Reading (giveaway)!

It’s been a couple of years since we played Guess What We’re Reading. Let’s try it again!

Grab a well-known speculative fiction book off the shelf (something you think we should be familiar with), choose a passage and give us 50 words from that passage. Other readers will try to guess your book while you try to guess theirs.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsHere are the rules:

  • Submit as many passages as you like — just put them in separate comments.
  • When you guess someone’s book, reply directly to that comment so we keep the threads neatly organized.
  • Please keep your 50 words family-friendly and free of major spoilers or obvious clues such as well-known character names.
  • When you guess books, you may not use any resources outside of your own brain. No Google, no Amazon, no looking in the books on your shelves, etc. Where’s the fun in that?
  • Don’t spoil the fun by naming all the books. Let us know you recognize it and make a comment about how well you like it, but let others figure some out, too. Feel free to guess as much as you like, though.
  • Come back to let us know if your book was guessed correctly. If it’s been over a week, please tell us the answer.

As always, one random commenter will win a book from our stacks. You don’t have to guess anything correctly to win the book — all you have to do is play the game. Good luck!


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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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20 comments

  1. dr susan /

    watching her, tongue lolling over its wolfish teeth. The dog…talks. Oh, lord.
    ” Summon your police,” the dog continued, its lips working in horrible parody. “What will you tell them when they come, and find a dog and a pool of water?” It gestured with its muzzle toward the fountain.

    • John Smith /

      I’m not sure I’m much of one for modern urban fantasy. But there’s a really good German restaurant in the urban conglomeration where this is set. The tables are weirdly high and you have to sit on really high stools. But the food–so good! I always get wiener schnitzel. I can’t remember if they have ginger ale.

    • dr susan /

      Mine is War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, a classic and a favorite.

  2. “Never do what you can’t undo until you’ve considered well what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”

  3. “Aren’t you going to ask me what kind of job?”
    “How do you know who I am?”
    The man chuckled. “Oh, it’s the easiest thing in the world to know what people call themselves. A little thought, a little luck, a little memory. Ask me what kind of job.”

  4. Jonathan /

    Edited slightly to hide a name.

    “If I get even the slightest hint of ‘I told you so’, I’m trading you in for a boyfriend! “What? I don’t know where. Look how many gods [we have]! I’m sure there’s a bazaar somewhere that trades in divinity. I just have to find – Oh, figs.”

    • I don’t know what this one is but it sounds intriguing!

      • Jonathan /

        This was from the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell (specifically the second book, False Covenant)

        It’s a little bit obscure, but Widdershins’ conversations with her God are fairly distinctive (as is her choice of curse words)

        • Ah. I’ve read the first but not the second and the first was read many moons ago. I may have to re-read it.

        • dr susan /

          Ugh! Ishould have gotten this! I love Widdershins, and her conversations with her god were my favorite part.

  5. Yagiz, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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