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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
7:56 am
[lslaw]
Game 51, round 1 lines
Oh, I am lagging so far behind my own schedule. In my defence... No; I'm just flailing.

So, here are the lines for Anthony Trollope's The Warden:

1. Though they seemed portentious at the time, political machinations at the Synod would be the least of Septimus Harding's worries.
2. Evensong had been particularly fine, and Septimus Harding hummed the Bach Magnificat as he exited the cathedral.
3. The Rev. Septimus Harding was, a few years since, a beneficed clergyman residing in the cathedral town of ______; let us call it Barchester.
4. The citizens of Barchester had always shown a great concern for their poor; a concern that they should not be seen by any visitor to the town in their unfortunate state.
5. It was a cold day in the town of Barchester when the events of this story first stirred to motion.
6. It was, like most evenings in Barchester, the place in which this story is set, an evening as calm and reserved as the residents of that selfsame locality.

What is the real first line?



Deadline is Monday.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
10:41 am
[lslaw]
Game 51, round 1 reminder
Get your lines in for round 1 by this evening for a chance to score big points (and what do points mean?)

http://the-book-game.livejournal.com/265680.html

It's a busy weekend, so I'll probably put Book 2 up on Monday.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
7:05 pm
[lslaw]
Game 51, round 1, trying to make the polls work

What is the first line of The Warden?

Monday, January 14th, 2013
12:05 pm
[jeffr23]
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
12:52 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 6 Lines
We have lines!
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Poll #1889538 Game 50 Book 6 Lines
This poll is closed.

Which of these is the actual first line?

Any comments on any of the other lines?

In reality, most murders are actually solved by...

Tickybox Jones, Boy Detective!
4(100.0%)


Deadline: Monday, Jan 14, Noonish Pacific Time
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
1:42 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 book 6 extension
I'm going to extend the deadline for book 6 lines by a day in hopes of getting a few more in. This will also put the end of the game to Monday, which theoretically may help with the 'organizing the next one by the winner or whomever it gets passed down to' part relative to doing it Friday.
Friday, January 4th, 2013
12:55 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 5 Results
The Book 5 Results are in!

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9:54 am
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 6
So, the sixth and final book in Game 50 is, well, a mystery. It's from 2011, and the title is Monument to Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel. And it's author is, well, another mystery. It claims to have been written by Margaret Truman, but considering that (1) she died in 2008 and was still actively being published at the time, and (2) even while she was alive she was widely rumored to have employed a ghostwriter, that claim is a bit implausible. My best guess at the actual author would be Donald Bain, who was openly the author of the second posthumous Capital Crimes novel (which also has a title of the form 'short phrase ending in the word 'murder'', as opposed to the 'Murder in/at the ' title convention of the books released while Truman was alive.)

So, on to the jacket and excerptCollapse )

Poll #1888545 Game 50 Book 6
This poll is closed.

What's your first line for this book?

The solution to most mysteries:

The tickybox did it!
3(100.0%)


Deadline: Wednesday, Jan 9, noonish Pacific Time. And remember to vote for book 5 lines today if you haven't!
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
3:56 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 5 reminder
Happy new year, book gamers. Remember that tomorrow is the deadline for votes on book 5.

I was originally planning to do the first post on the final book today, but that's not going to happen until tomorrow, probably a few hours before the book 5 results post.
Friday, December 21st, 2012
12:42 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 5 Lines
We have lines!
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Poll #1886238 Game 50 Book 5 Lines
This poll is closed.

Which of these is the actual first line?

Any comments on any of the other lines?

The last sign of the Tickypocalypse:

Tickyboxes everywhere!
1(25.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
1(25.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
1(25.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
1(25.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)
Tickyboxes everywhere!
0(0.0%)


Deadline: Friday, Jan 4, 2013, Noonish Pacific Time
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
11:24 am
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 4 Results
The Results are in!



1. Arthur Gordon stood in the darkness by the bank of the Rogue River, having walked a dozen yards away from his house and family and guests, momentarily weary of company.
--Written by Greg Bear
--Picked by lslaw, braisedbywolves

2. The evening felt quieter than most, Arthur thought.
--Written by braisedbywolves

3. The first sign was the fish, but no-one realised that until afterwards.
--Written by lslaw
--Picked by taldragon, dorianegray

4. The sun was just setting when the phone rang, shattering the stillness of the evening and the peace of Arthur Gordon's life.
-- Written by dorianegray

Scores this Round:
lslaw: 3
braisedbywolves: 1

Leaderboard:
lslaw: 7
braisedbywolves: 5
shermarama: 4
dorianegray: 1

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
11:49 am
[jeffr23]
Game 50, Book 5, and Book 4 vote reminder
So, I guess that if nobody remembered which book we've done before, the 1/12 chance of a repeat isn't too great a risk. So one we go with the penultimate 'Left Behind' book, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' Armageddon, from 2003. Remember to vote on Book 4 if you haven't.

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Poll #1885569 Game 50 book 5
This poll is closed.

What's your first line for this book?

The Third Sign of the Tickypocalypse:

Redacted by order of the CIA, NSA, and TLA
4(100.0%)


Deadline: Friday, Dec 21, assuming that the Mayan supercomputers that secretly run the world are 13th-b'ak'tun-compliant Then an extra-long deadline for votes and before Book 6 starts next year.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
3:06 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 4 Lines
We have lines!



1. Arthur Gordon stood in the darkness by the bank of the Rogue River, having walked a dozen yards away from his house and family and guests, momentarily weary of company.

2. The evening felt quieter than most, Arthur thought.

3. The first sign was the fish, but no-one realised that until afterwards.

4. The sun was just setting when the phone rang, shattering the stillness of the evening and the peace of Arthur Gordon's life.

As you may or may not have guessed, the third mini-theme for this game is "The End of the World". And given that, it's probably obvious that I'll be going old-school, apocalyptically speaking, for the other book of that mini-theme and doing one of the 'Left Behind' books. Problem is that I know that we've done at least one of them before, but that must have been sometime after the last time the index was updated. So if anyone happens to remember which one it was, go ahead and let me know in comments so that I can make sure to go with a different one this time around.



Poll #1884910 Game 50 Book 4 Lines
This poll is closed.

Which of these is the actual first line of the book?

Any comments on any of the other lines?

Second Sign of the Tickypocalpyse:

Disney buys Star Wars
4(100.0%)


Deadline: Wednesday, Dec 19, Noonish Pacific Time
12:19 pm
[jeffr23]
Just a few more hours...
Technically, the deadline expired a few minutes ago, but since I'm not going to be able to do the new post for a few hours, I'll extend it a bit. Try and get in a line for Book 4 if you haven't already.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
12:20 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50, Book 3 Results
We have Results for Book 3:
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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
2:10 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50, Book 4 (plus book 3 reminder)
One day left to vote on lines for Calories Don't Count. In the meantime, here is book 4: Forge of God, by Greg Bear, from 1987.

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Poll #1884337 Game 50 Book 4
This poll is closed.

What's your first line for this book?

The First Sign of the Ticky-Pocalypse

Dogs and Cats, living together
3(100.0%)


Deadline: Friday, December 14, noonish Pacific Time
Friday, December 7th, 2012
12:03 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50, Book 3 Lines
We have Lines!
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Poll #1883596 Game 50 Book 3 Lines
This poll is closed.

Which of these is the real first line?

Any other comments on any of these lines?

Notice: Zero out of Ten actually doctors recommend

A Tickybox-only diet.
4(100.0%)


Deadline: Wednesday, Dec 12
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
3:01 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 2 Results
The Results are In.

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Remember to submit lines for book 3 by Friday!
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
11:12 am
[jeffr23]
Book 2 Reminder and Book 3
About a day left to vote on the Book 2 lines, guys.

Meanwhile, here's book two, which completes the second mini-theme. It's the other book that spent most of 1962 at the top of the nonfiction best-seller list: Calories Don't Count, by Herman Taller, M.D. I don't have any jacket text, but here's Amazon's description of it as a "190 page hard cover weight loss book promoting the idea that fat eating fats does not make one fat but in fact help in weight loss. It predates the South Beach Diet and others."

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Poll #1883040 Game 50 Book 3
This poll is closed.

What's your first line for this book?

The next big weight-loss regimen:

Eat only Tickyboxes
3(100.0%)


Deadline: Friday Dec 7, Noonish Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
12:02 pm
[jeffr23]
Game 50 Book 1 Results!
We have results for the first book!

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Remember to submit lines for Book 2 by Friday!
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