Genevieve Cogman

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Genevieve Cogman (born 1972) is a British author of fantasy literature and role-playing games.

Quotes[edit]

The Invisible Library (2015)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first American edition published by Roc, ISBN 978-1-101-98864-0
Italics as in the book.
  • The atmosphere of the place soothed her automatically; the rich lantern-lights, the sheer scent of paper and leather, and the fact that everywhere she looked, there were books, books, beautiful books.
    • Chapter 1 (p. 12)
  • “I met one (that is, a dragon) once,” Irene said.
    “What did you talk about?”
    “He complimented me on my literary taste.”
    Kai blinked. “Doesn’t sound like a life-threatening sort of conversation.”
    • Chapter 3 (p. 54)
  • She did find that the books displayed prominently in every chamber had been dusted, but the spines were pristine and uncreased. They had the sad, untouched air of literature paraded for display purposes but never actually used.
    It was profoundly depressing.
    • Chapter 4 (p. 62)
  • She’d sort things out later. She’d explain things later. Right now she just had to make sure there would be a later.
    • Chapter 13 (p. 174)
  • She was a Librarian, and the deepest, most fundamental part of her life involved a love of books. Right now, she wanted nothing more than to shut the rest of the world out and have nothing to worry about except the next page of whatever she was reading.
    • Chapter 20 (p. 276)
  • She wasn’t actually going to lie, but there was…well, there might be an element of flexibility.
    • Chapter 23 (p. 322)

The Masked City (2015)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first American edition published by Roc, ISBN 978-1-101-98866-4
Italics as in the book.
  • Irene hated trusting to luck. It was no substitute for good planning and careful preparation.
    • Chapter 11 (p. 141)
  • It was only a hypothesis, but it made an uncomfortable amount of sense.
    • Chapter 12 (p. 156)
  • “Oh, history,” Silver said, cutting her off. “You’ll be talking about reality next, as if it were something special too.”
    • Chapter 15 (p. 201)
  • Here and there people sat at desks, carefully turning the pages of manuscripts, or unrolling scrolls and making notes. It comforted her. This is a place built to store books, by people who wanted to preserve books, and used by people who want to read those books. I am not alone.
    • Chapter 16 (p. 210)
  • “I think my point holds. People want stories. You should know that more than anybody. They want their lives to have meaning. They want to be part of something greater than themselves. Even you, Miss Winters, want to be a heroic Librarian—don’t you? And if you’re going to say that people need to have the freedom to be unhappy, something that’s forced on them whether they like it or not, I would question your motivation.” She paused fo a single deadly second. “Most people don’t want a brave new world. They want the story that they know.”
    • Chapter 16 (p. 217)
  • “My brother and I used to live in Rome,” she invented.
    “Rome.” The other woman turned up her nose a little. “Well, I suppose people have to live somewhere.”
    • Chapter 17 (p. 222)

The Burning Page (2016)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first American edition published by Roc, ISBN 978-1-101-98868-8
  • There were so many possible logical holes in that statement that Irene could have used it as a tea-strainer.
    • Chapter 6 (pp. 64-65)
  • “Maybe it’s like being a parent,” she said, bringing up a Library map. “You never really see your children as adults.”
    “You’re exaggerating,” Kai said, with the easy confidence of someone who hadn’t tested the issue yet.
    • Chapter 12 (p. 145)
  • The problem with paranoia was that if you let it rule all your decisions, then you would miss some perfectly good opportunities.
    • Chapter 24 (p. 315)
  • “I have spent most of my life preferring books to people,” Irene said sharply. “Just because I like a few specific people doesn’t change anything.”
    • Chapter 24 (p. 322)
  • Blind faith is just another word for slavery.
    • Chapter 25 (p. 338)
  • There were things to do, people to see, questions to ask. Books to read.
    • Chapter 27 (p. 354)

The Lost Plot (2017)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first American edition published by Ace Books, ISBN 978-0-399-58742-9
  • “I dislike the fact that she treated you like a servant,” Kai commented. His voice had an undertone to it that promised reprisals.
    “Leave it for the moment,” Irene said wearily. “I’m not going to waste my time feeling insulted. And don’t you think we’ve got more serious problems to consider? Much more serious problems?”
    • Chapter 3 (p. 35)
  • They blew up a library. A library, Kai. They haven’t just offended me, they have attacked and insulted every single citizen of this place who used that library, who contributed to it, who even so much as might have used it someday in the future.
    • Chapter 7 (p. 89)
  • The news was highly coloured, even if the print was black and white.
    • Chapter 9 (p. 118)
  • She was trying to work out who these men were working for. Were they Qing Song’s minions, random gangsters, specific gangsters, or undercover police? So many enemies, so little time.
    • Chapter 14 (p. 178)
  • She’d thought the situation couldn’t get much worse. She’d been wrong. The situation could always get worse.
    • Chapter 15 (p. 194)
  • There were clear class divisions among the protestors: the upper-class ones stood back and gave the orders, while the lower-class ones did the actual work. Some things didn’t change, no matter how many worlds you visited.
    • Chapter 17 (p. 215)
  • “What business is it of mine if they should want to kill each other? I’d say they both show excellent judgement.”
    “Sounds about right to me,” Evariste said harshly. “Not my circus, not my monkeys. If they want to tear each other to bits, they can get on with it, and good luck to them.”
    • Chapter 24 (p. 284)

The Mortal Word (2018)[edit]

All page numbers are from the trade paperback first edition published by Ace Books, ISBN 978-0-399-58744-3
  • First things first. Get the facts, then decide what to do next. And hope that there is a next.
    • Chapter 2 (p. 33)
  • The room on the other side was elegant and gracious, even in the moonlight that slanted in through the long rectangular windows. It breathed with the scent of old books and wax polish: the dark volumes that filled the shelves promised countless secrets, and Irene itched just to reach out and touch them.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 41)
  • Walking through a library—any library—as they made their way to the exterior had its usual comforting, balancing effect on Irene. It was a reassurance that such places existed and that they would continue, even if she herself was as temporary as any other human.
    • Chapter 3 (p. 42)
  • Sometimes the obvious answer is the true answer.
    • Chapter 8 (p. 111)
  • What is written can be erased, alas.
    • Chapter 12 (p. 179)
  • And, really, Erda had put the basic problem in a nutshell. Everyone here viewed damage to their own particular interest as more significant than damage to anyone else’s. Whatever the scale of the damage.
    • Chapter 13 (p. 197)
  • “There is no truth to peace,” she said. “Peace is at best a brief interlude between hostilities. The treaties which might be signed here are no more than lies. The field of battle is more honest.”
    • Chapter 14 (p. 209)
  • Irene didn’t need Vale’s deductive skills to tell her she was in trouble. But there was something liberating about this. She was surrounded by known enemies, not politics. And she didn’t have anyone to worry about—apart from herself.
    • Chapter 20 (p. 292)
  • You can’t trust people in power, dearie. They’ll say whatever they want, all the witnesses will be paid to agree, and then you’re behind bars till the end of your days. Or worse.
    • Chapter 20 (p. 294)

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