Saturday, March 7, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-09: Quote A Day & The Launch of a New Feature!

Weekly Geeks
This week's Weekly Geeks assignment is perfectly timed, because it coincides with a new feature I was planning to launch later this week. I take copious notes whenever I read a book, often writing down a memorable piece of dialogue or a passage with which I can relate. Many of these quotations have found themselves in finished reviews, but at least an equal number of them are left in the pages of my trusty composition notebook.

Each Friday from now on I'll be hosting a feature called Quotable, which will pluck some of these gems out of my notebook and onto your computer screen. It's my hope that you'll enjoy these quotations as much as I have, and that they may inspire you to pick up a book you might not have considered before.

This will be a weekly feature open to other bloggers -- grab the button and share your own quote along with me every Friday!

Consider the quotations each day this week as a sneak peek of things to come.



Charles Dickens muses the significance of The Moonstone, which is now considered the first English language detective novel:
"The idea of an entire novel revolving around a single mystery, with an interesting and three-dimensional detective character -- perhaps a private enquiry detective rather than a formal police detective -- in a central position, and with all character development and nuance of daily verisimilitude flowing from the side-effects and after-effects of whatever crime was the mainspring for the novel's central tale...why it is revolutionary!"
-- Dan Simmons, Drood p. 561

15 comments:

  1. great quote! it is funny to think that at some point the detective mystery was new and revolutionary since there are so many written now

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  2. Is this meme open to participation by others? I would totally love to participate and share quotes as well!

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  3. As a crime fiction fan I really enjoyed this quote!

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  4. Erika Lynn: Thanks! That's what caught my eye about this one -- it's hard to imagine walking into a bookshop and not having an incredible amount of detective novels to choose from.

    S. Krishna: Absolutely! I would love to have others participate in this.

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  5. Dorte: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  6. Fabulous quote esp. fr someone who enjoys detective novels myself. Your new project sounds fun. I might join in as well. I love quotes.

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  7. Count me in on the weekly meme. It sounds like fun...I already have one in mind for next Friday!

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  8. So interesting to see thought of genre in its nascent form when so popular now. Do you know if mysteries or detective novels were popular when first mass published?

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  9. I was thinking I'd like to join, also - glad see you will have a crowd! =)

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  10. I think this is a great idea for a new feature Ruth! This quote and idea made me stop and think as well when I was reading Drood.
    I've given you an award. You can pick it here!

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  11. I think Quotable is a great idea! I love your quote.

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  12. What a great idea for a new feature...love it! I'll be looking forward to the quotes you share. I really should keep a journal handy for quotes. That's a great idea. I've thought about it but often get entranced in a book and don't take notes.

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  13. Very cool...looking forward to the rest of the week!

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  14. Neat idea for a weekly feature, and I love your button, too!

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  15. My son reads Dan Simmons' books and enjoys them. I saw that you were doing this and even picked up your button to do it too. Then Weekly Geeks had one so I decided to do that first, it's only for a week, then come do this one too. You read many books that are different fron what I would but I enjoy the quotes very much. It gives me an idea of what's out there. I hope your health and strength are holding up not too bad. Spring is almost here. Perhaps that will pick us both up a bit.

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