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Favorite Quotes and Passages

Jim's book is so chock full of great scenes and great lines, I thought we could all share our favorites here.

I'll hold off on posting mine until you all get a chance to chime in.
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How about the passage where I put Susan's appendectomy scar on the wrong side of her body? (grin) Just goes to show no one's perfect!

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JamesRollins wrote:
How about the passage where I put Susan's appendectomy scar on the wrong side of her body? (grin) Just goes to show no one's perfect!

Jim


I still like the one where Monk is onshore at the island and the others ask him where they are going and he knows there are cannibals on the island, so he says something like, lets go check out the neighbors, see whats cooking. LOL That was almost like a Schwarzenegger line of little comic relief right in the middle of a dangerous situation.

As far as scenes, hey I think Gray's mom is something else. And when they tell her on the phone while she is hiding that she will have to do something, how much could she do...theres the scuffle outside and one of them is about to be killed and BANG, she shoots one of Nassar's men right in the head! I can just see her standing there with dead aim and not even flinching when she did it because her family was in danger. As I mentioned about Invasion and Aliens, you just dont mess with MOTHERS! :smileywink:
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Jim,

And for a woman who knew her child had appendicitis immediately when he told her the pain was localized on the right side, I should have caught you but I didn't. Guess I was too wrapped up in the story!
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Vivian,

Yes- that was a great line of Monk's I loved that. Great thinking about using Susan as a goddess, too- that was one I didn't see coming till it was sneaking around the corner.

Also, Monk's hand - I LOVE that device! It's right up my high-tech alley, and while I'd hate to lose an appendage, I want one of those hands!
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Speaking of Monk's hand, DARPA continues to innovate new bionic solutions and prosthetics. Here's an article about the next level of limb replacement: touch and sensory input.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-generations-of-bionic-arms-35648.shtml

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I still personally enjoy writing Kowalski and Monk. They crack me up all the time. Of course, people look at me a bit oddly when I start spontaneously laughing when I'm writing in public.

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Jim,

Thanks for that bionic link! I suppose I could go wrestle the lawn mower....

As to your laughing in public- that's excellent! I can picture that. I always get a kick out of seeing people laughing to themselves, though it's usually when they're reading in public, in the doc's office or a restaurant. You know when it happens to you, and you look up and just want to share it? Then you see the looks you're getting, and your head goes right back down!
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Oh one of my favorite scenes too is when its basically all over and Kowalski is kinda down, Gray asks why and Kowalski tells him, all this has happened and I didnt get to shoot anyone (or shoot even once, something like that). Gray feels sorry for him, hands him a ten, and points at the elephant LOL. It was like, here son, I know you didnt get to kill anyone but heres ten bucks for that pony, er, elephant ride you missed. And Kowalski like the kid. is happy with it too! :smileywink:
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Vivian,

I know just what you mean- that's a "fun" scene at the end of the story- it lightens everything up and brings us just a little bit closer to who the characters really are at heart. I love those moments just for that reason.
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Vivian,

I know just what you mean- that's a "fun" scene at the end of the story- it lightens everything up and brings us just a little bit closer to who the characters really are at heart. I love those moments just for that reason.


oh, this "fun" scene with Kowalski comes towards the end of the book but is not the end of the story, even in this book. It was just towards the end and actually, I had a bit of a problem, shall we say lol, with the ending, but Jim squared that away for me and so its all cool. I didnt mean, I like fun scenes at the end to kind of lighten it all up and tie up lose ends. (heavens, I read The Road and there is no fun ending there but one of the best books you will read) I just liked that passage in the last few chapters. As for this ending, it was much more thought provoking. It was very open ended. Now that we are into the last week, I would like to know what everyone thought about the ending and be specific if you can because its one of those, "left up to your interpretation" type endings.

As far as Monk's hand at the end, I do believe this was the lead in to a sequel which would be cool, or at least to let us know Jim is not through with Monk as a character in future books lol. But what do you all think about Susan's end? Dream? Death? Re-emergence in another lifeform? Sleep until the world has a need for her to be awake again, so now she can just sleep and dream of happier times for years or centuries? What was your take on the ending? This one I am really curious about everyone's thoughts now. Did you like that it ended that way or do you prefer endings with specific understanding, or at least the type you get with Monk's hand? I can see no right or wrong answers or feelings there, so please chip in with your thoughts. It was quite a unique ending for this adventure story dont you think?
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I too was glad about Monk's hand at the end of the book - because I wanted him to make it and come back and also because it sounds like a sequel!

I was saddened about Susan's end, sounds like next to the 12th century Friar (sounded like he was still alive but in a self induced coma) a form of lingering death - but if it takes many centuries to dissolve as the other bodies have I too wondered if she would end up coming to life if there is a sequel.

One portion of the book that was fun was the dialogue about automobiles - between Gray's dad & Kolwaski -the 350 vs 390 engine block etc and also about the taxi matched pound by pound to speed. Reminds me a little of the one Clive Cussler book I read where it was obvious the author loved cars and machinery.

From early on, I felt there was something between Seichan and Gray, so it was good to see my pick up on that seemed validated - I actually hope they get together.

Yes, it was a great read, went quickly and I look forward to the next novel.

By the way, Jim, I tried to sign on to your website but was unable to - wouldn't send me the confirmation.

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Oh, yes, I found the last scene between Predesh (the Indian scientist in charge of The Guild operation) and his henchwoman Sirina just delightful. It was casually done. I wonder how she disappeared and escaped.
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Thanks for the head's up about the website...I'll have to look into it when I get home!

As to Seichan...there is much more in store for her and Gray!

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