2. "She smiled and said, Agent Davenport? I’m Alice Green. Ms. Grant is waiting for you in the library. Which sounded just slightly snotty. Lucas thought, I’ve got a library, too, and then Green turned away from him and he saw the semiautomatic pistol clipped to the back of her slacks. Lucas said, You’re security? Yes, she said, looking over her shoulder. I can stay with Ms. Grant where men can’t. Like ladies’ rooms. Ex-cop or something? Secret Service, she said. La-di-da, Lucas said. Green tilted her head back and laughed and said, Yes, and her reaction made Lucas like her."
- John Sandford, Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel
3. "Oh, I believe you. It’s too ridiculous not to be true. It’s just that each time my world gets stranger, I think: Right. We’re at maximum oddness now. At least I know the full extent of it. First, I find out my brother and I are descended from the pharaohs and have magic powers. All right. No problem. Then I find out my dead father has merged his soul with Osiris and Why not? Then my uncle takes over the House of Life and oversees hundreds of magicians around the world. Then my boyfriend turns out to be a hybrid magician boy/immortal god of funerals. And all the while I’m thinking, Of course! Keep calm and carry on! I’ve adjusted! And then you come along on a random Thursday, la-di-da, and say, Oh, by the way, Egyptian gods are just one small part of the cosmic absurdity. We’ve also got the Greeks to worry about! Hooray!"
- Rick Riordan, The Staff of Serapis