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The House of Arden

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“Now, if you sit perfectly silent for a long time and look at the sea, or the sky, or the running water of a river, something happens to you – a sort of magic.  Not the violent magic that makes the kind of adventures that I have been telling you about, but a kind of gentle but very strong inside magic, that makes things clear, and shows you what things are important, and what are not.”

  • E. Nesbit, from The House of Arden

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The Scorpio Races

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“I wonder if, when I talk about Dove, people can hear how I love her the way that I can hear his fondness for Corr in his voice.  It’s hard for me to imagine loving a monster, though, no matter how beautiful he is.  I remember what the old man said in the butcher’s, about Sean Kendrick having one foot on land and one foot in the sea.”

  • from The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

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The White Deer

image“The white deer flashed through the green forest and the King and his sons followed, past the barking tree, across the musical mud, in and out of a flock of wingless birds.  On and on went the chase until the sun began to set and long strange shadows fell.”

  • The White Deer, by James Thurber

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Goldenhand

image“Many Dead rose toward that sea of stars above.  Dead everywhere, but they were no threat.  They came through the Eighth Gate and waded for a little way, or hardly at all, but soon enough all were caught by the stars above, and were lifted up, to go beyond to the final death from which there was no return.”

  • from Goldenhand, by Garth Nix

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A Gathering of Shadows

image“The world is neither fair nor right, but it has a way of balancing itself.  Magic teaches us that much.”

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The Golem and the Jinni

“On a cloudless night, inky dark, with only a rind of a moon above, the Golem and the Jinni went walking together along the Prince Street rooftops.”

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

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Dune and Dune Messiah

“The convoluted wording of legalisms grew up around the necessity to hide from ourselves the violence we intend toward each other. Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy. Elaborate euphemisms may conceal your intent to kill, but behind any use of power over another the ultimate assumption remains: ‘I feed on your energy.'”

-Addenda to Orders in Council. The Emperor Paul Muad’dib. Dune Messiah

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