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Bus service was erratic and seemed to go nowhere, but the Federal Government had forced a highway or two through the swamps, thus giving the citizens an opportunity for free egress.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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  • Bus service was erratic and seemed to go nowhere, but the Federal Government had forced a highway or two through the swamps, thus giving the citizens an opportunity for free egress.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He’d given her an inappropriate, clumsy, but very direct compliment that she knew she would never forget and that had already set her heart to a new and erratic pounding.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Then he started hallucinating and exhibiting increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Their nervous systems are affected so that they become erratic and unpredictable, and they lose the protection of a sense of fear.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • His rhythm varied erratically and it was hard to tell if he struck a wrong note.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Worsening Kate’s mood, if that was possible, was a distant, irritating beeping sound, the erratic honking of a faraway horn.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I le felt Very lonely and desolate as his thoughts turned far away—to the foolish, lovable bug; to the comforting assurance of Tuck, standing next to him; to the erratic, excitable PIN N E: to little Alec, who, he hoped, would someday reach the ground; to Rhyme and Reason, without whom Wisdom withered; and to the many, many others he would renumber always.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Later that afternoon she drives me to town, one foot hesitantly on the gas pedal and the other, at erratic intervals, on the brake.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Bad in that nervous armed men did erratic things, and were thus hard to predict.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Cristian tried to move the robot up in the water, but Stinky began to spin erratically.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Luckily, I haven’t recovered from the stretch I just completed, so he won’t be able to tell that my erratic breathing pattern is mostly from just seeing him again.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Human beings, in their natural state, are unpredictable, erratic, and unhappy.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The shops were empty; water was a problem; electricity was erratic; and petrol was often short.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • For the initiate ours is a cruel language, its freaky orthography and idiosyncrasies never so absurdly apparent as on the printed page, and Sophie’s skill at reading and writing always lagged behind her—to me—fetchingly erratic speech.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My heartbeat turned erratic, and I told myself to pull it together.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Our precarious balance, heretofore contained in a staid wobble, suddenly became much more erratic.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Her breath grew erratic and loud and her body grew heavier against him.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I just needed to break the silence in hopes of hiding my erratic heartbeat.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • It wasn’t a time when Xandra normally came home, but her schedule was erratic sometimes and she’d surprised us before.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They are capable of far more erratic things than that.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • My erratic flight, drinking with Haymitch, weeping.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He walked erratically, as if his right legs were shorter than his left legs.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • His behavior had turned weird, erratic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • When asked, she said her erratic behavior was due to stress.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Across the street, the neon sign of Restless Video flickers erratically.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Now the plane was pitching so erratically that they couldn’t read their altitude, and with no visibility, they didn’t know where the ocean was.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • At the end of September I started back toward Devon on the jammed, erratic trains of September, 1942.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The rope to the lifeboat tautened with a jerk rather than with a tug, and the rocking of the raft became more pronounced and erratic.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Rasheed regarded the Taliban with a forgiving, affectionate kind of bemusement, as one might regard an erratic cousin prone to unpredictable acts of hilarity and scandal.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I understand his behavior had become erratic since your mother’s death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Some erratic impulse prompted Ethan to say: "How’d you like me to take you down now?"
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • The captain had been acting very erratic since his mysterious phone call.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But now he was not producing and his teaching had become erratic.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The tape hopped forward erratically.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • " ’is a golden sky ’ " But by an extraordinarily lucky chance they had not yet fully corrected their flight paths to that of the erratically weaving ship, and they passed right under it.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Between the third and fourth day, my mood jumped back and forth erratically from wild exhilaration to gloomy apprehension.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • She made the sombre crowd cheerful by her erratic and glistening ray, even as a bird of bright plumage illuminates a whole tree of dusky foliage by darting to and fro, half seen and half concealed amid the twilight of the clustering leaves.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The most uniform, and perhaps the most significant, historical finding was a long-standing, sometimes lifelong, history of erratic control over aggressive impulses.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He branched out erratically in all directions; he read volumes of specialized erudition first, and high-school primers afterward.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The cops said he was driving erratically.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Impelled by the blows that rained upon him, now from this side, now from that, White Fang swung back and forth like an erratic and jerky pendulum.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Her tapping speeded up and its beat became erratic and nervous.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Sophie’s skin was deathly white, and although her eyes were closed, her eyeballs moved erratically beneath her lids, and she twitched as if she was having a nightmare.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • With a forefinger he attempted to check the erratic movement of his bad eye, but to no avail; it continued.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The other pearls that stick to the oyster’s shell are more erratically shaped and are priced by weight.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • When they reached the weathered boardwalk that covered the beach, Roran halted and stared out at the ocean, which was gray from low clouds and dotted with whitecaps from erratic wind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The other apparently didn’t, possibly because Annie’s erratic milking habits had already dried her up.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The procession moved off sedately in King Pellinore’s direction, following his erratic course by the fresh tracks in the snow.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She was a native and essential cook, as much as Aunt Chloe,—cooking being an indigenous talent of the African race; but Chloe was a trained and methodical one, who moved in an orderly domestic harness, while Dinah was a self-taught genius, and, like geniuses in general, was positive, opinionated and erratic, to the last degree.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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