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  • The o’s in the Russian word for whirlpool, vodovorot, rolled down his tongue like a handful of peas when he told me about his fear by the foot of the steep Volga bank, where brown water, bottomless after the first few steps, licked the dirt in lazy ripples.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Tall as a man, with high breasts, curling auburn tresses, and piercing blue eyes, she was so lovely that Conrig would choose none other from among the eligible Tarnian maidens — in spite of her reputation as a short-tempered hellcat with a tongue like a rapier.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • She used her tongue like a razor-blade, and her goal in life seemed to be to reduce at least one student per class to tears.

    Kitchen Privileges

  • “You’ve got a tongue like a v-v-v-v—” He put his hands on his hips again.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • He put his fingers over his head like two antennas, crossed his eyes, and wagged his tongue like some kind of insect.

    Deception Point

  • The particular feel of the pain, not like a pinprick or a knife cut, but both blunter and sharper, a pencil eraser pressed hard against the soft meat of the tongue like a cattle brand.

    The Kitchen Daughter

  • The cold sensation grew, and it hit my tongue like a thermonuclear peppermint, freezing hot, searingly bitter and sweet and — — and wrong.

    Dead Beat


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