30 Day Book Challenge, Day 17

Today’s challenge: Favorite quote from your favorite book.

I don’t have a single favorite book, but earlier this month I named Casino Royale as my favorite book in my favorite series, so I’ll go with that.

The last line of the book is a doozy, no doubt: “The bitch is dead now.” But it’s not my favorite. My favorite has to be the first line of the book, and therefore the first line of the entire Bond series, which I find to be a marvelous bit of scene-setting:

The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul erosion produced by high gambling — a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension — becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.

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