Should Be Reading - Miz B - hosts this weekly event. We throw out a couple of sentences from our current read (without spoilers, of course) to entice you to read the book.
From Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey, page 252:
She swore later that Oscar's mouth dropped open. She described it for him: He was like a ventriloquist's doll from which the ruling hand has been rudely withdrawn, leaving the subject slumped, without a spine, unable to lift so much as an arm.