The Phoenix Said

Quotes from whatever I happen to be reading.

“At first I thought I had a crush on her, but then I realized she’s an android.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“He’s like a storybook spirit, a little djinn or something, except instead of air or water his element is imagination.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“But when people are past a certain age, you sort of stop asking why they do things.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Some of them are working very hard indeed”
“What are they doing?”
“My boy!” he said, eyebrows raised. As if nothing could be more obvious: “They are reading.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“His inventory was eclectic; there’s no evidence of pattern or purpose other than, I suppose, his own personal taste. So, no teenage wizards or vampire police here. That’s a shame, because this is exactly the kind of store that makes you want to buy a book about a teenage wizard. This is the kind of store that makes you want to be a teenage wizard.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Sure enough, the 24-hour bookstore did not have the look of a legitimate employer.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“At first I had insisted I could only work at a company with a mission I believed in. Then I thought maybe it would be fine as long as I was learning something new. After that I decided it just couldn’t be evil. Now I was carefully delineating my personal definition of evil.”

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“But then the economy took a dip, and it turns out that in a recession, people want good old-fashioned bubbly oblong bagels, not smooth alien-spaceship bagels, not even if they’re sprinkled with precision-mulled rock salt.”

– Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“My name is Clay Jannon and those were the days when I hardly touched paper.”

– Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

“Everything that begins as comedy inevitably ends as mystery.”

Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives