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See, I was right. —From Das Kapital 2 (sequel to Das Kapital by Karl Marx)
HappyMeals are all alike; each unhappy meal is unhappy in its own way. —From Anna McKarenina (sequel to Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
Bob Marley was dead, to begin with. —From Kwanzaa Tunes (sequel to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
All animals are equal, except those with swine flu. —From Mexican Animal Farm (sequel to Animal Farm by George Orwell)
"Bother!" said Pooh. "How can I post Twitter updates without thumbs?" —From Winnie-the-Pooh and the Mouse at Pooh Corner (sequel to The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne) Submitted by Mary Louise Ruehr, Ravenna, OH
When the power surge wiped his hard drive, destroying the only copy of his manuscript, Bastian Balthazar Bux rued the fact that he had neglected to back it up. —From The Prematurely Ended Story (sequel to The Neverending Story by Michael Ende) Submitted by Caitlin Fawcett
South Carolina can wait, thought the General as he pulled off his puttees, kicked off his boots, and tossed his regulation Federal Army hat on the beach behind him. —From The Swim (sequel to The March (Part One) by E. L. Doctorow) Submitted by Mary Helen Stefaniak
Of handguns an' d'Man, I rap. —From The Aeneid: Book the Second (sequel to The Aeneid by Virgil) Submitted by Eric Kaufman
Before I reveal to you the identity of Julia (her grandparents are now dead, and her other relatives have lost influence as they squandered their inheritance during the excessive 80s) I want it known that I think Meryl Streep would've played me better than Jane Fonda. —From Sentimento (sequel to Pentimento by Lillian Hellman) Submitted by Martin Masadao, Makati, Philippines
When the third crew of decorators vanished without a trace, the producer began to think that renovating the house on Ash Tree Lane had not been such a good idea—but it did make great TV. —From House of Leaves: Extreme Makeover Edition (sequel to House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski) Submitted by Emma Joyce