Tuesday, April 5, 2016
5: Roger Zelazny Quote of the Day: Do you smell me ded?
Lying, left hand for a pillow, on the shingled slant of the roof, there in the shade of the gable, staring at the cloud-curdles in afternoon's blue pool, I seemed to see, between blinks, above the campus and myself, an instant piece of sky-writing.
DO YOU SMELL ME DED? I read.
A moment's appraisal and it was gone. I shrugged. I also sniffed at the small breeze that had decided but moments before to pass that way.
"Sorry," I mumbled to the supernatural journalist. "No special stinks."
Context: The opening lines of the book, and the star-stone's first attempt to communicate with Fred Cassidy from within his body.
Why I like it: Because I love the book, and it's a brilliant way to set up elements that will pay off later in the story. I've reviewed Doorways twice (here and here), and I may yet return to it again, because I don't think I've managed to convey quite how much I like it.