A Second Challenge – Do you know these books?

I thought Susan’s challenge was fun so I decided a second one with last lines might be interesting. This is a bit harder (at least for me) so I’ve listed the books below that I’ve drawn from – they range from classics to science fiction and everywhere in between. Each has been around for a long time so I’m sure you will recognize them. I don’t really have a score for this and will be curious how many you know or can reason out. Please post your score if you’re willing. last pages

As I was working on this, I realized just how much of each book I remembered when I read that last line. In general, I was transported back into the details of the particular story – thinking about the characters and their adventures. We all spend a lot of time making sure that the first line is as strong as it can be – and while we spend time on the ending, I wondered just how much time everyone spends on the final words in their work. Good luck with the challenge.

List of Books :

  1. Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  2. Willa Cather: My Antonia
  3. Lois Lowry: The Giver
  4. Stephen King: The Stand
  5. Caleb Carr: The Alienist
  6. Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game
  7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  8. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
  9. Frank Herbert: Dune
  10. Laurie R. King: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Last sentence(s) :

  1. “The structure didn’t look like much, all laid open to view that way; it was hard to believe that it had ever been strong enough to withstand the fantastic pressure exerted by millions of gallons of water.”
  2. “Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.”
  3. “And always [ ] carried with him a dry white cocoon, looking for the world where the hive-queen could awaken and thrive in peace. He looked for a long time.”
  4. “Whether this is the end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing. I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped. And so I step up, into the darkness within, or else the light.”
  5. “I don’t think so, Holmes. I really don’t think you will. The cottage was warm and filled with light, and smells of substance and sulphur and the food that awaited us.”
  6. “But I reckon I got to light out for the territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”
  7. “Think on it, Chani, the princess will have the name, yet she’ll live as less than a concubine – never to know a moment of tenderness from the man to whom she is bound. While we, Chani, we who carry the name of concubine – history will call us wives.”
  8. “Now I understood that the same road was to bring us together again. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.”
  9. “Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again.”
  10. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

How was this? Did you remember as many as you thought you would? Was your experience like mine – taking you back into the story? classic books.
The Answers:
1 F
2 H
3 B
4 I
5 A
6 C
7 J
8 D
9 G
10 E

2 thoughts on “A Second Challenge – Do you know these books?

  1. Wow, that was tough, Carolyn, because I read very little sci fi or futuristic stuff. I got 6 out of 10 and the ones I was sure of were right. Thanks for giving my brain a push!

  2. It was a bit harder. I figured it was only fair to add the titles so everyone had a fair chance. Difficult to know what else people read but thought it might be fun to stretch it to something out of our normal mystery realm. Thanks for playing. Carolyn

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