Monday, November 8, 2010

Guess the Hack: A Game

Introducing a new game today. Below you will find four excerpts. Three are cleaved from real live books written by real live professional authors. The other one I wrote. Can you spot the one written by the hack? Also, bonus points if you can guess the authors. (They're all famous.)

1. She turns, a gun glints, then sprouts a bright white flower. But the shot, in that dark, cramped corridor, goes wild. It ricochets, knitting a wild web of velocity trails across the corridor before settling, finally, into the meat of a conduit in the ceiling.

2. The embers of the fading day cooled on the horizon. And as the sun approached the end of its daily parabolic stroll, she knew she didn't want to be alone when night drew its heavy curtain.

3. For a minute or so he was quiet, catching glimpses of the big homes through the trees and manicured shrubs, all the places so clean and neat and not a soul around, nobody outside.

4. He paused, silent for a moment. Then without another word he turned away from the lights and voices in the fields and tents, and followed by his three companions went round into his garden, and trotted down the long sloping path.

Make your guesses in the comments. There are prizes, but this blog is not a participating location. Better luck somewhere else.

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Kelly Polark said...

I have no idea.
My shot in the dark guess is number four is yours.
Don't forget to tell us the authors!

Anita said...

I love number three. I don't think yours is #4, because I don't think you could type "trotted" without laughing. I bet you're #2, because of the symbolism...Get it? #2.

word verification: procto

Jenny Maloney said...

1. Harper Lee
2. Yours (I'm just listening to Anita here, hee.)
3. J.K. Rowling
4. Jonathan Franzen

Jenny Maloney said...

So, basically, congratulations for hiding amongst the popular soon as we know who they are. =)

Unknown said...

#1 is yours, but I hope it's not.

I'm guessing on these:
#2 Toni Morrison
#3 Dan Brown
#4 Cormac McCarthy

Unknown said...

Anita know me too well. I'm number 2. It's from my WIP, although I gussied it up a bit for the game.

The others:

1. My current read, Michael Chabon
2. Me!
3. Elmore Leonard
4. Tolkein

Anita said...

I knew that was Elmore! It was the "big homes" that tipped me off...only he could say "big homes" and make it work.

And your #2 was also impressive.

Awesome post!

Ray Veen said...

I got here too late to guess, which is kind of a relief. I because I really had no idea.