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May 6th, 2005

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12:36 am - What's on your bookshelf?
Gakked from glowroper:

The Rules:
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth full sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"The other was the hope, doubtless vague in detail and unsupported by any reasoned scheme of eschatology, of some kind of continued individual life after death, in which the liberated soul might enjoy the fellowship of superior beings." -- Ancient Roman Religion by H. J. Rose, Hutchinson's University Library (U.K.), preface dated 1948 (no copyright date, probably because it was printed in post-war Britain -- most likely 1948 or 1949)

Had to cheat a wee bit on this, as the first few books I grabbed were unsuitable for various reasons. Several were in either French or German (not fair to most of the folk on my friends list, the majority of whom only know English), some had either music or an illustration on page 123, some didn't have enough sentences on page 123 and quite a few didn't even HAVE a page 123, since they were shorter. And one had a mathematical formula included in the requested fifth full sentence!

If you're curious, these were the books I grabbed before finding one suitable for this meme (in order):

The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin
Rendez-vous à la malouinière by Bernard Simiot
Dramatische Werke by Hermann Sudermann
La Dame du Puy-du-Fou by Menie Gregoire
Calculus (Volume II, Second Edition) by Tom M. Apostol
The Kama Sutra
Messiah -- An Oratorio by George Frideric Handel
Ragtime -- 100 Authentic Rags by David A. Jasen
Matsuri: Festival -- Japanese American Celebrations and Activities by Nancy K. Araki and Jane M. Horii
Paradoxes (1650) by John Hall
Machiavelli the Prince Instruction Manual from MicroProse Strategy Games

My bookshelf is both eclectic and chaotic -- like me!
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: "Valeria" -- Brobdingnagian Bards

(5 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)


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Date:May 6th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Great colection - I guess it was only a matter of time until The Prince was a computer game!
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Date:May 6th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the compliment!

The mish-mash of books was due to my cleaning off my bookshelves prior to seeing your meme, so everything was scattered on my bed in no particular order. (Music books are there since I have my Roland MIDI keyboard at the foot of the bed, near the computer that has the music composition software in it -- I have short-ish MIDI cables . . . ) I just grabbed whatever was at the top of a pile for the meme.

Actually Machiavelli the Prince is the older DOS version of the game -- it was later released in a Windows version called Merchant Prince II. It's one of my favorite games, since one can win without engaging in combat with other players, just by being a good trader -- the one who "dies" with the most "toys" wins -- literally! Another favorite game where one can win without actually fighting with other players is Alpha Centauri -- there are several paths to victory there, including diplomatic, economic and my personal favorite, becoming One with the planet -- thats the way I usually win, btw . . .


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