sim • plee suhn • dey (n): a reading meme hosted by Books for a Delicate Eternity that features a quote from a book, poem, song, movie, etc.
Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
—Garth Nix, Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)
It’s hardly a quote that I can relate to, but it’s a staple of the series. It comes from The Book of the Dead and is, I believe, the only thing the Abhorsen remembers when they read the book. When I first read Sabriel, I thought it was an interesting idea. Truly, I’ve never read anything quite like Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, though I’m sure there are more like it out there.
Garth Nix is one of my greatest inspirations in writing. In fact, Sabriel was the book that got me into reading in the first place. I didn’t grow up reading like all those other bookish people did; I was probably too busy stealing my brother’s Hot Wheels to care about books at the time. In fact, I would say, in fifth or sixth grade, I picked this book up from the school library, read it, and loved it. I can even recall glancing at the first page of the third book, Abhorsen.
It’s near and dear to my heart for inspiring me in my writing, and for launching my life-long obsession with all things fantasy. Also maps. Sabriel was the first book I read that had a map in it. Since then, I look forward to any book with a map in the front pages; I even know more about geography than I did in high school because of it. I’ve drawn a map for a story that I’ve sort of planned. (I probably won’t touch it for a long time; I’ve got two projects in mind that I really want to work on before then.)
In the twenty-year-old trilogy, you can find Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. More recently, Clariel came out—it’s a prequel book, I believe. This October, Goldenhand releases. I’m so excited for it!
What do you think of this Simply Sunday? What are your most loved quotes?