Amazon Kindle has a feature where popular sentences of eBooks are underlined, showing parts that multiple readers have highlighted.
This is basically the best gift ever for a writer: if you’re ever feeling down, go and flick through your eBook and see what people like. It’s great.
A couple of my books are discounted on Amazon right now (The Quiet at the End of the World and The Loneliest Girl are £1.89 on Kindle, and £4 in paperback) so I thought I’d share the quotes that were highlighted in my oldest books (The Next Together has been out for six years now!)
The Next Together
- To be honest, if I stopped joking around I’m pretty sure I’ll go to bed and never get up again. I’m only barely holding onto my sanity right now through a series of poorly thought-out puns.
- All throughout history they had been doing this, finding and loving each other and being ripped apart before they even had a chance to live.
- I don’t think there are any true heroes. Just people who ignore their survival instincts long enough to do something incredibly foolhardy.
- It doesn’t do any good to mourn for someone who is gone. They don’t care. Their story has finished.
- Will you marry me, Katherine? I want us to spend this life and the next together.
- “Did you have nightmares about it?’ He nodded hopefully and then said, completely seriously, “It was traumatising.”
- “A pencil. A PENCIL,” he said, with growing horror, staring into empty space as if at the horrific vision she had laid before him. He shook his head. “Some people just want society to collapse.”
- Coffee isn’t the only hot thing waiting for you in my office. > Someone hot? What’s Mick doing in your office? (JOKE JOKE I’M ON MY WAY)
The Last Beginning
- She wasn’t a dazzling lead protagonist in some adventure film. She was the gay best friend.
- Phosphenes, they were called – the sparks of colour that lit up your vision, the stars that appeared in the darkness.
- Time travel is like knitting. You have to build on what’s come before, and weave the strands together until it becomes something beautiful.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
- Some days it’s hard to remember the exciting parts. I get stuck in the memories. It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting.
- My life is a gambling chip thrown carelessly across the universe in the hope it’ll land somewhere my descendants can survive.
- Love takes so much energy, and it just leads to pain. I think it’s probably best for people to be self sufficient. If I was strong enough to be independent, then I wouldn’t be so desperately lonely, I’m sure of it. I just want someone who holds on. Someone who won’t ever let me go, whatever tries to tear us apart. Is that too much to ask?
- It’s like I’m understanding everything differently now because I’m looking at it from your perspective. I want to see your reaction to everything, from the rare to the commonplace.
- Things on Earth I want to experience most: Quicksand – how often do you usually get stuck in this stuff? A few times a month? It seems to happen all the time in films!
- Just remember, J, you’re coping with everything the best way you can, and that’s all that matters. Don’t ever think you aren’t strong.
- There are so many places on the ship that I avoid because I’m afraid of facing the past. But the past is much less scary than the future. I know what’s already happened; I know how bad it was. I don’t know what’s coming, though.
- Is no life at all better than the constant fear and fight for survival I face every day?
- Whatever happens, I can’t see a point in time when I will ever be happy. For the rest of my life, I’ll be struggling. I’m always going to be moments away from sinking completely. So why should I live at all? It would be so easy to stop. But it would be so pointless. Every year I’ve fought to survive would be wasted.
The Quiet at the End of the World
- When you know that there’s no future, the only thing that’s interesting anymore is the past.
- People may die and civilisations may fall, but little pieces of the past linger.
- We live in the quiet at the end of the world. The slow winding-down clockwork motions before life stops completely. Time is slipping through our fingers.
- Our lives are particles on a riverbed being lost by the waters of time. Here and then gone in a moment. Nothing, in the grand scheme of things.
- There’s no finish line you need to cross to have lived a worthy life, Lowrie. You don’t need to achieve anything, if you don’t want to.
- Life is whatever you want it to be. With whoever you want to be with. Life is the people around you, the ones you love. You just need to be happy. That’s all that matters.
- You don’t remember the perfect things when you think about the people you love. You think of the them things. The little habits or guilty pleasures or secret flaws that only they have. Those are the things that make them unique. Those are the things that make us all human.
- Maybe that’s what matters. Maybe that’s what being “alive” is. It’s not some trick. There’s no magic chemical that gives something a soul. It’s about being loved and loving in return.
- Life is the people around you, the ones you love. You just need to be happy. That’s all that matters.
- I am not human because I have a brain made of cells and water and iron. I am human because I think in the same way that my ancestors thought. I feel like they felt. I live like they lived. However much my world has changed, however different my day-to-day life might be, that much is true.
A nice surprise today – The Quiet at the End of the World has been shortlisted for the National Cyber Awards! It’s a very robot-centric book, so this is a delight.