1. Considering the fact that they were inside a thousand-foot-long
airship made from the life threads of a whale and a hundred other
species, it hardly smelled at all. The scent was like a mix of animal
sweat and clart, like a stable in summer.
b. Goliath, Scott Westerfield
2. Far down the maze of ducts, Sloth was cranking away at a
winding drum, sweat bright on her skin, blond hair pasted slick
to her face as she sucked the wire out like a rice noodle from
a bowl of Chen's soup ration.
c. Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
3. Dead leaves crunched beneath his feet like sharp teeth on
bones, and the moon cast blue-black shadows all around that
looked like monstrous figures eating unspeakable living buffets.
d. Return to Exile, E.J. Patten
4. I have what looks like the outline of a normal boy's ear,
but it's pressed down into the flesh, squashed like potter's clay.
a. Stick, Andrew Smith
And the winning entry for the metaphor challenge is from M.V.L.
He had a woman on each arm. Each wore a clinging dress that
shimmered like stars as she moved.