1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 — first sentence
3. Book #2 — last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 — second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 — next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 — final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:
[I’ll just take the books that lie around me on the sofa. More than enough.]
In Italy in one of the earliest recorded versions of the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” the princess is awakened not by a kiss but by the suckling of the twin children she has given birth to, impregnated by the prince while she lay in her enchanted sleep. Let’s just follow and watch. He will protest his innocence, but in the total absence of any evidence no further suspicions will be aroused. Were you able to identify the owner of the vehicle? Begins here new life of operative me.
Wow, that’s some clusterfuck…
Book #1: Snow White, Blood Red (ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
Book #2: The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
Book #3: Best Served Cold (Joe Abercrombie)
Book #4: Slave to Sensation (Nalini Singh)
Book #5: Pygmy (Chuck Palahniuk)