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  • The tunnel ended in a whirling vortex of darkness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • What happens is the water spray creates a vortex, kind of like a hurricane.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • All that’s left is this vortex.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Here we go," Georgia said, and tilted the container until the turtle began sliding, slowly, toward the neon water, which was swirling beneath him—the shark’s turning had created a vortex.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • In the stairwell, the floors and stairs below were a white-water river, a vortex of cascading waves.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Too much now I’m at the vortex of bad happenings, and I am almost sure I ought to festoon the facade of my house and the bumpers of my car and then garland myshoulders with immense black flags of warning, to let every soul know they must steer clear of this man, not to wave greetings or small-talk with him or do anything to provoke the hand of his agreeable, gentle-faced hubris.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The only three things that I know for certain took place last night are that one, small elves climbed up my body and tied my hair into a mass of tiny knots; two, I must have slept with my mouth open because something crawled into it and died; and three, I was sucked through a vortex into some animated world where an anvil was dropped on my head.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I didn’t have any dead cousins to send up red flags, and my mom’s refusal to let my dad install a "soul-sucking vortex of trash and mindless entertainment"—that thing commonly known as a television—meant that no scary news broadcasts rocked my world.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Like a terrified child clutching at Daddy in the vortex of a mob, Sophie squeezed down on my fingers.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She felt like a vortex had opened up inside her head and was sucking away her thoughts and words.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls

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  • Though I am in still water far away from its centre, I feel the whirl of the vortex sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapably into itself.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The pro-peller grinded into reverse, trying to slow the ship, but we kept sliding toward the center of the vortex.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • A hole opened in the clouds—a swirling vortex of black and silver.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Over Descartian vortices you hover.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • She turned, and together we ran and plunged straight into the swirling vortex.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The colonel dwelt in a vortex of specialists who were still specializing in trying to determine what was troubling him.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She clings to me as tightly as if I were keeping her from being sucked into a vortex.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The mist swirled in smoky vortexes around the furniture and shrouded the room in opaque haze.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The red tendrils of Jaz’s spell wrapped around the bau and pulled it screaming into the vortex.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The vortex moved out on to the river, where it sucked up a waterspout and eventually spent itself.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The dust was so beautiful that I inhaled in shock; the air whistled down my throat, swirling the motes into a vortex.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He imagined being an adventurer on some wild white river, being pummeled by a waterfall as he was sucked into a vortex.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Madaline had been speaking for a while, and I recall thinking, as we sat in the courtyard with the sunlight falling in patches all around us, that it was a measure of her capacity to absorb attention, to pull everything into her vortex so thoroughly that Thalia had gone forgotten.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Alyss stepped between the first pair and her reflections swirled and swirled to form a sort of vortex, and then she was no longer in the Looking Glass Maze.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • He swirled his own tea in its mug, accelerating the liquid into a black whirlpool with a white lens of foam at the bottom of the vortex.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They form a vortex from which no ship has ever been able to escape.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Adam’s irises were light blue with dark radial lines leading into the vortices of his pupils.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He felt dust fronts, billowings, mixings of turbulence, an occasional vortex.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Just as Alice veiled her eyes in horror, under the impression that they were about to be swept within the vortex at the foot of the cataract, the canoe floated, stationary, at the side of a flat rock, that lay on a level with the water.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • It may be easily understood that in the present disposition of his master nothing could be more disagreeable to Bazin than the arrival of d’Artagnan, which might cast his master back again into that vortex of mundane affairs which had so long carried him away.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He knew he was driving straight into the center of his pain, the vortex of The Great Sadness that had so diminished his sense of being alive.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • He had been caught in a vortex and was being whirled on with a velocity of advance and gyration that made him giddy and sick.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • I hired a boat directly, and we put off to her; and getting through the little vortex of confusion of which she was the centre, went on board.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Despite the indifference to the affairs of the world he had expressed to Pierre, he diligently followed all that went on, received many books, and to his surprise noticed that when he or his father had visitors from Petersburg, the very vortex of life, these people lagged behind himself—who never left the country—in knowledge of what was happening in home and foreign affairs.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The devine afflatus usually lasted a week or two, and then she emerged from her ’vortex’, hungry, sleepy, cross, or despondent.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • It was the heady race and plunge of the vortex.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • This great philosopher freely acknowledged his own mistakes in natural philosophy, because he proceeded in many things upon conjecture, as all men must do; and he found that Gassendi, who had made the doctrine of Epicurus as palatable as he could, and the vortices of Descartes, were equally to be exploded.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • A few yards ahead of us, gray clouds swirled in a heavy vortex, making a funnel cloud that almost touched the mountaintop, but instead rested on the shoulders, of a twelve-year-old girl with auburn hair and a tattered silvery dress: Artemis, her legs bound to the rock with celestial bronze chains.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • Now his imagination spun about the hand as about the edge of a vortex; but still he made no effort to draw nearer.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I knew very well that all he said was ridiculous, not light for their darkness but flattery, illusion, a vortex pulling them from sunlight to heat, a kind of midsummer burgeoning, waltz to the sickle.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The humming increased to an almost unbearable pitch, and then the vortex exploded outward as the blazing orbs scattered in every direction.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • As a whirlpool of boiling waters has a centre point, so, all this raging circled round Defarge’s wine-shop, and every human drop in the caldron had a tendency to be sucked towards the vortex where Defarge himself, already begrimed with gunpowder and sweat, issued orders, issued arms, thrust this man back, dragged this man forward, disarmed one to arm another, laboured and strove in the thickest of the uproar.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The trout rose withouthaste, a shadow in faint wavering increase; again the little vortex faded slowly downstream.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Mrs. Pardiggle accordingly rose and made a little vortex in the confined room from which the pipe itself very narrowly escaped.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Raoul dressed in frantic haste, prepared to forget his distress by flinging himself, as people say, into "the vortex of pleasure."
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • They stooped in a long curve down into the golden glow, concentrating, cawing, wheeling, like black flakes on a slow vortex, over a tree clump that made a dark boss among the pasture.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • The electrifying vortex of Beijing.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Surely, thought Jan, it must be a vortex of some kind-a smoke-ring already many kilometres across.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • There is storm-music, and the fisherman drowns, sucked to the bottom of the sea in the vortex of the whirlpool.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • BB screamed against datumplane static that rasped at my bones and we were whirling, tumbling, sucked into the vacuum like insects in an oceanic vortex.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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