Trifextra: Otherland

City of Golden Shadow“He was sitting on a bench, an inarguable bench, staring at his own dream.

And before that, he had passed through a nightmare. That darkness, and then that thing, that hungry, horrid thing…”

-from Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams.

Otherland, which is a 4-part series, is one of the best things I have ever read. It’s one of those rare stories that challenges you and moves you in ways you never thought possible. The quote is from the first book in the series.


Above is my submission for this weekend’s Trifecta challenge. As you can see, they are not my words. Here’s why:

This weekend we are venturing into uncharted territories once again.  This Trifextra isn’t so much a writing challenge; it’s more of a reading challenge.  We want you to scour through your favorite pieces of literature and give us the best 33 words you can find.

Some quick guidelines:

  • The writing you choose should not be your own.
  • The 33 words should be lifted directly from another source (i.e. don’t take 33 random words from Macbeth and shake them into a poem of your own (though that would be an awesome idea for another challenge) and don’t take a sentence from the beginning of a book and another from the end–keep the original order).
  • Credit your sources.
  • You can’t use the same 33 words as anyone else in the linkz. Skim through before posting your own.  You can use the same author and even the same title, just not the exact same words.


Image credit: © Michael Whelan /


32 thoughts on “Trifextra: Otherland

    1. Yes ma’am – you should! 😉 The books are intimidating at first because they are long, but they are so well-written and engaging that the pages just fly by.

    1. You’re very welcome sir! I highly recommend anything by Tad Williams, but Otherland definitely stood out for me.

      This challenge is fabulous, right? I’ve already got a books-to-check-out list going beside my computer…

  1. So, the quote is awesome and intrigues me. I switch over to my open Amazon page to take a look, scroll down and see 770 pages in the first of four novels. BAM! I’m sold. I am a sucker for long, epic tales.

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