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Post something you've read that made you say "wow" (1 Viewer)

Kyle R

WF Veterans
Post something you've read that made you say "wow" when you read it. It could be from technique, or just the thinking it evoked. Mine is an exerpt from Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five":

The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks...

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, seperating the dangerous contents into minerals... The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.

The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids... Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve...
 
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C.B.

I wont post it, But im sure you've all read Edgar Allan Poe's 'Annabell Lee', sorry if I misspelled the tittle, anyway that was a poem I read that as soon as I was done, I just looked back upon and thought, "How can anyone create something so good as this?".
 

wowzer77

Senior Member
People of the Wolf...by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'neal Gear.
Very interesting look at the first Native Americans and their lifestyles, while still tying in some great magical qualities to the characters. Story was unbelievably great. Wow.
 

Avarice

Senior Member
Black Sunday - Thomas Harris

The way he describes Muhammad Fasil, a member of Black September:

He had a certain amount of surface passion and a range of visible emotion t hat was wide and not deep. But he was deep, all right, and cold, and those cold depths held sightless, savage things that brushed and bit one another in the dark. He had learned about himself very early. At the same time he had taught his schoolmates about himself and then he was left alone. Fasil had splendid reflexes and wiry strength. He had no fear and no mercy, but he did have malice.
Fasil was living proof that physiognomy is a false science. He was slim and fairly good-looking. He was a monster.

Theres more to his description in the book but thats the real bit that got me. Thought you might like it.
 
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"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child in this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and to protect our homeland."

What struck me about this quote was that it sounds so familiar. I hear variations of it almost every day, and yet, it was uttered about seventy years ago by Hitler.
 

Nish

Member
understanding evil

From "The Seat of the Soul" by Gary Zukav

"An evil person can be arrested, but can evil be arrested? An evil group can be imprisoned, but can evil be imprisoned? A compassionate heart is more effective agains evil than an army. An army can engage another army , but it cannot engage evil. A compassionate heart can engage evil directly - it can bring Light where there was no Light."
 

Avarice

Senior Member
what bryan said sounds like what george bush would say. I found a site with alot of nazi party quotes that were very like the bush administrations quotes. especially on 'patriotism'
 
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Froggy

Cold Moutain--Charles Frazier

My God, that is one mind-blowing book. Forget the romancy movie that they made, this book is hard-core misery at the epitome of poetic.
 

New Moon

Senior Member
"The Lady Of Shallott" by Tennyson. I'd heard of it before, but when I finallly read it, I loved it. And like Cb said, "Annabelle Lee."
 
House-Frank Peretti/Ted Dekker. This book blew me away. I still think, though, that "The Oath"-Frank Peretti is one of the best books I have ever read.
 
Avarice said:
what bryan said sounds like what george bush would say. I found a site with alot of nazi party quotes that were very like the bush administrations quotes. especially on 'patriotism'

Uh-huh.
 

Allen907

Member
This is from Matthew Lewis' The Monk:

“No longer sustained by the violence of his passions, he feels all the monotony of his way of living, and his heart becomes the prey of ennui and weariness. He looks round, and finds himself alone in the universe; the love of society revives in his bosom, and he pants to return to that world which he has abondaned. Nature loses all her charms in his eyes: No one is near him to point out her beauties, or share in his admiration of her excellence and variety. Propped upon the fragment of some Rock, He gazes upon the tumbling waterfall with a vacant eye, He views without emotion the glory of the setting Sun. Slowly He returns to his Cell at Evening, for no one there is anxious for his arrival; He has no comfort in his solitary unsavoury meal: He throws himself upon his couch of Moss despondent and dissatisfied, and wakes only to pass a day as joyless, as monotonous as the former.”

Cheers
 
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen is the last thing I read that really made me go "wow!" The characters came alive for me like nothing I have read in such a long time. If I could create characters half as life-like as these, I would be a happy man.
 

Anne Lacey

Senior Member
messianic5 said:
House-Frank Peretti/Ted Dekker. This book blew me away. I still think, though, that "The Oath"-Frank Peretti is one of the best books I have ever read.
I loved "The Oath." Have you read "Monster," also by Peretti? GREAT stuff.
One that blew me away was "The Last gaurdian" by Shane Johnson. The concept is the most original I have ever read.
 
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Ilan Bouchard

Sporadic paragraphs in Hitler's "Mein Kampf." Most of it is just insane drivel, but then every few pages a full paragraph of brilliant political knowledge shines through; he analyzes what he's written about and makes a statement that will stand through the ages, that can and should be learned and mastered. I'll look for such a paragraph tomorrow and post it up, perhaps.
 

Anarkos

Senior Member
"Yes, yes," Jack snapped, hoping he would not be chained to the same oar as Mr. Foot, who was already becoming a bore. He sighed. "That is one-prodigious butt-fucking!" he marvelled. "Like something out of the Bible!"
"There is no butt-fucking in the Good Book!" said the scandalised Mr. Foot.
"Well, how should I know?" Jack said. "Back off! Soon, I'll be in a place where everyone reads the Bible all the time."
"Heaven?"
"Does it sound like Heaven to you?"
"Well, it appears they are leading me off to a different oar, Jack." Mr. Foot said. Indeed, a dead man was being cut loose from an oar at the stern, and Mr. Foot was being signalled for. "so if we never speak again--as seems likely--Godspeed!"
"Godspeed? Godspeed!" What kind of a thing is that to say to a fucking galley slave!"
Neal Stephenson - Quicksilver

Made me say something...not sure about wow...
 

Bob Loblaw

Senior Member
C.B. said:
I wont post it, But im sure you've all read Edgar Allan Poe's 'Annabell Lee', sorry if I misspelled the tittle, anyway that was a poem I read that as soon as I was done, I just looked back upon and thought, "How can anyone create something so good as this?".

I agree. Poe's "Annabel Lee" is an amazing masterpiece, but personally I liked "The Raven" much more--for me, it was "wow!"

A novel that I made me say "wow" was Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon-- simply said, it's amazing! Has anyone else read it?
 
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