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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)
The black Escalade fled across the desert, and the Chevy Tahoe followed. —From The SUV (Book 1 of The Last Days of Fossil Fuels series) (sequel to The Gunslinger (Book 1 of The Dark Tower series) by Stephen King) Submitted by Angi Campbell, Writer, Washington
November 5th: After 4 hits of Ecstasy, 3 fifths of Jim Beam and massive amounts of pure columbian cocaine, a man could be driven to believe anything you tell him - the problem being (or fortunate circumstance, possibly) was that no tall-tale of inaccuracy was being chronicled on my television screen (nor was the 5'3" gila monster narrating this specific string of information the actual anchor woman last night); He truly had won the election. —From Fear and Loathing In America (sequel to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson) Submitted by Hunter Addams, NYC
Sing, goddess the wiles of Greece's ambassador Achilles and his persuasiveness, And of the concessions wrought thousandfold from noble Priam, Checked in his quest to retain fair Helen by Menelaos' fierce wrath And the thousand ships thus launched, yet gave his emissaries first crack At negotiations, hesitating to spill the bloods of war, the wrath of men; And the will of Greece was accomplished when first there sat At negotiation that peerless diplomat, Achilles of the golden tongue. —From The Iliad Revisited, or War Averted: A Paean to Lawyerly Skills (sequel to The Iliad by Homer) Submitted by Andrew Johnson, Bookseller
Robert Cohn was now a bagger at Pricechopper. —From It Sets, Too (sequel to The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
"We are delighted to bring out one more sequel in our "First Lines"TM series simultaneously with the introduction of the board and computer game." —From the sequel to Book: The Sequel by Clive Priddle Submitted by Anonymous
It wasn't necessarily the best of times or the worst of times. All in all, they were just middlin' times. —From A Tale of Two Suburbs (sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Suzanne Arruda, Mystery Writer