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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)
Sing, O Jeff Probst, of Odysseus and those other ingenious contestants who traveled far and wide in the wilderness to compete for cash and other prizes. —From Survivor: Odyssey (sequel to The Odyssey by Homer) Submitted by Lauren Gilbert, Librarian, Huntington, NY
Nobody could see the light, nobody could see the darkness; nobody could speak the truth, Nobody could speak a lie; nobody could measure happiness, nobody could measure sadness; nobody could tolerate wealth, nobody could tolerate poverty; nobody could gain by life, nobody could gain by death. —From A Tale Left Untold (sequel to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Nishaa Soni
They thought only in terms of spreading biochemical germs by a gas, power, or some other obvious means of transference to be used during war that’s bottled before opening in the desired location, to kill all in its path; unfortunately, they overlooked the one source we all need; they didn’t think to protect that and didn’t think it could be turned into a weapon—our food supply. —From Naturally Grown Killers (sequel to Germs: Biological Weapons and America's Secret War by Judith Miller, Stephen Engleberg, William Broad) Submitted by Monica Lehmann
Slovenly, pumped Buck Mulligan came from the Stairmaster lathered in sweat, looked in the mirror, and cursed. —From Useless (sequel to Ulysses by James Joyce) Submitted by Peter Mayer, Fiction Writer, New York City
Seventeen years after Scrooge's miraculous transformation, now Tim Cratchit is a selfish toy shop owner who does not care about Christmas at all. —From Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) Submitted by Catie Richardson
He was Diddy, plain Diddy, in the morning, standing five feet eleven in one sneaker, he was P. Diddy in sequins, he was Sean John at school, he was Mr. Combs on the dotted line; but in my arms he was always Puffy. —From JLolita (sequel to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov) Submitted by Stan Friedman