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See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
"Andrea, it's Miranda, and don't bore me with your I-don't-have-to-take-your-call-I-quit nonsense. ... I'm standing in the middle of my proctologist's office waiting to hear what overpriced procedure he has in store to get rid of a polyp the size of pea, and please spare me your infantile retort about my deserving something up my ass, the problem is that they handed me this flimsy gown from Wal-Mart, I assume, in a color blech I haven't seen since the German army invaded Austria, and I need you to bring me an Armani coat now, but please God, don't embarrass me with something from last year's collection!" —From The Devil Wears Nada (sequel to The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger) Submitted by Saralee Rosenberg, Author
The sun burned low in the late summer sky as he stepped away from the fresh grave and made his way toward his truck; now that Halloran and his mother were both dead and buried, there was nothing to keep Danny Torrance from returning to the ruined remains of the Overlook where it all began, the hotel calling him regularly now that he was alone. —From Shine On (sequel to The Shining by Stephen King) Submitted by Shannon Jensen, Library Director, Evansdale, Iowa
She lay on the golden, sand-encrusted floor of the desert, her chin resting on the M-16, and high overhead she listened to the drone of the B-1s flying over the dunes. —From For Whom the Bell Tolls 2009 (sequel to For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway) Submitted by Jean Burke
Standing on banks of the rushing Hudson, amidst the plastic soda bottles, the cardboard pizza boxes, the grease-slicked pieces of junk, the giant branches dotted with used condoms, the detritus of civilized life known as America, America the great, America the humbled, AmericaObama, it was then, and only then, that I thought of old Dean Moriarty, a life brimming with promise, with intrigue, a great man, a great lover, a great partner, of Dean, and Jack, and Neal, and young Allen, and realized, like a dwarf star exploding billions of miles away, that we needed to get back, get back on the road, to find, to seek, to search for the America of our past, our present, and our never to be future—and we needed a damn car. —From On the Super Highway Going Somewhere (sequel to On the Road by Jack Kerouac) Submitted by Evan Charkes, New York
Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely-peaked gables, but Hepzibah Pyncheon knew she could rebuild it, better than it was before: bigger, stronger, gable-ier. —From The House of the Seven Gables II: The Eighth Gable (sequel to The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne) Submitted by Nick Carlson, Newark, NJ
Text me Ishmael (ISH@aol.com). —From Moby II: Much Information (sequel to Moby Dick by Herman Melville) Submitted by Jack Nnessel, Bookseller (Rare And Collectible), New York City