Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen: Marcus Sakey's The Blade Itself

imgI fell in love with The Blade Itself the instant I read the first page. It was one of those books whose writing was so vivid, that I actually memorized a sentence instantly, and never forgot it!

You can read an excerpt here, and I did a "Learning Writer’s Review" of The Blade Itself a couple months ago, after reading only the first chapter. (Yes, I was that blown away by one chapter!)


Thirteen Snippets that Prove Marcus Sakey Kicks Ass as a Writer

  1. About a dirty cop, Terry: "Danny pictured Terry, that weasel mustache, the moist stink of a habitual farter." (2) I just love that line!
  2. Love how this detail makes the book feel real: "Personally, he’d always found the bristles of a street sweeper made the best lock picks, hard but flexible." (5)
  3. Perspective of a man released from hard time, seeing the world as a free man: "Every faded billboard and dying tree looked fresh and clean." (20)
  4. Love this description: "In front of him, five skeletal stories of structural steel rose to cut the sky in neat rectangles. A yard hand strode across a beam forty feet in the air, his orange jacket stark against swirling gray clouds." (23)
  5. Great Chapter Title: "Chapter Six: Sky Burned Blue" (37) Is that vivid, or what? It’s like poetry!
  6. I can see it: "... his boss seemed suddenly embarrassed to see him, though he covered with a salesman’s smile wide as it was fake." (39)
  7. "I guess I’m just getting scared after the fact. You know, the way your mom used to get when she’d find out you’d done something stupid years ago." (105)
  8. Remember those holy-sh-t-what-would-you-do questions? "His brakes were gone. The roads were icy, and there were a lot of cars. He could have tried to move to the right, off the road, hoped that everyone would get out of his way. But if it didn’t work, he might have crashed into another car. Maybe a family."
    He turned to look at her. "So instead of risking other people, he jerked the whell to the left. They were widening the road, and there was a concrete construction barrier on that side. The cop said he was going fifty or sixty miles an hour. Dad didn’t have a chance, and he knew it." (226)
  9. So true: "You didn’t have to do terrible things to have guilt. Not preventing terrible things from happening would work, too." (304)
  10. "Nothing but the quiet echo of snowflakes and all the time in the world." (306) The sound of snow if my very favorite sound!
  11. "He didn’t realize he was crying until he felt a tear turn to ice on his cheek." (307)
  12. Great ending: "Everything that had been there when he’d come in--the faded skyline, the dingy town houses, the tired winter grass--had disappeared beneath a clean coat of white." (307)

Join in the Thursday Thirteen fun!

31 bonus scribbles:

Susan Helene Gottfried 4/25/2007 08:42:00 PM  

Aargh. Now I've GOT to read this, which I'm sure was your intent. Have you seen my TBR pile lately, woman? Sheesh. It's HUGE. It depresses me to walk past it. But...must add one more now!

Happy TT!

spyscribbler 4/25/2007 08:52:00 PM  

I know the feeling, Susan!

Janet 4/25/2007 10:04:00 PM  

Sounds full of action!

Rashenbo 4/25/2007 10:40:00 PM  

Awesome list! I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :)

Wylie Kinson 4/25/2007 11:17:00 PM  

I haven't read it,... yet!

Christine 4/25/2007 11:26:00 PM  

Very vivid writing - definitely will have to add to my reading list. Thanks for the heads up!

pussreboots 4/26/2007 12:30:00 AM  

Never heard of this author. Will have to keep in mind for future reading.

Rose 4/26/2007 01:21:00 AM  

Sounds like a book to read if only I had the time.

L^2 4/26/2007 01:29:00 AM  

Sounds pretty interesting. I guess it's another one I'll have to add to mile-long list of books I want to read list. Thanks for sharing. :-)

she 4/26/2007 03:38:00 AM  

This sounds so good that I'm going to pick this one up sometime this weekend. Thanks for the tip.

StarvingWriteNow 4/26/2007 06:41:00 AM  

Hey! That's the book I threw at the wasp last weekend!

Gabrielle 4/26/2007 06:49:00 AM  

Sounds like an interesting book :) Thanks for stopping by!

Tilly Greene 4/26/2007 07:13:00 AM  

I think this book is perfect for the cutie based on #1 alone!

gabriella hewitt 4/26/2007 07:47:00 AM  

Ooooh, cool idea for a list. You definitely peaked my interest. I'm going to have to check this title out.

Gabrielle 4/26/2007 08:22:00 AM  

Sounds like an interesting book :) Thanks for stopping by!

Rhonda Stapleton 4/26/2007 08:46:00 AM  

Wow, this book sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing--great TT idea!!

busy91 4/26/2007 09:18:00 AM  

Awesome stuff and very unique 13!

Amy Ruttan 4/26/2007 10:35:00 AM  

Great list. I love when a book totally pulls you in and No. 1 was hilarious!

Happy TT thanks for dropping by mine

Jane 4/26/2007 10:49:00 AM  

Sounds like an interesting book! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for stopping by my T13.

~A:F~ 4/26/2007 11:22:00 AM  

You've got me so curious now...I'm going to have to look for this book!
Great T13, thanks! Just posted my 1st one today!

Lori 4/26/2007 12:13:00 PM  

Very interesting....I'll have to check it out.

Wendy Roberts 4/26/2007 12:36:00 PM  

I love each and every one of these lines!!

Therese 4/26/2007 02:46:00 PM  

I love that you do these sorts of lists!

p.s. I tagged you today...

(again, but nevermind that)

Sonja Foust 4/26/2007 08:42:00 PM  

Wow, those were amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Megan 4/26/2007 11:22:00 PM  

I am having issues with these Mr. Linky things. I keep on pressing enter before I get my URL up!

I am SOOOOOOOOO excited I found your blog. I have to be honest, I have been looking for a blog just like yours. Or well what I think your blog is, I have only read the first three posts (or last three posts technically) and I am in LOVE! Thanks for having a great blog.

Check out my first 13. If I had been here a few hours earlier you would have made the list.


Sophisticated Writer 4/27/2007 06:20:00 AM  

I think it's on my to read list now. Amazing writing! Wow...

Sara Hantz 4/27/2007 04:56:00 PM  

Thanks for the heads up - I'm definitely going to read it!

Jill 4/29/2007 06:03:00 PM  

Seems like interesting book!!
I wonder why books are so expensive, cuz there is soo much of them to read!!