Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This was first brought to my attention by http://inspirationpie.com/.

Stacy is Currently Reading: 

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“My hands are shaking. I am breathing loud and hard, trying to calm myself. I look out of the cab window and see that I have a few more minutes until I arrive at the restaurant. I open my Chanel purse—the purse that I use for every first date—and reach for my makeup mirror. I check to see that my makeup and hair look fine. I put the mirror back and grab a mint, then close my eyes and lean my head against the cab seat, trying to relax. I’m pulled back to reality by the cab driver’s voice, telling me that we have reached our destination.”

Faeth, Justine. Chat Love (Kindle Locations 34-38). The Small Press. Kindle Edition.

My thoughts: Oh no! Those first date jitters! Is this a blind date? I bet it’s going to turn out to be terrible! Did a friend set this up, or did she meet this person online? I am curious as to what will happen. : )

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“1999: NATO troops are eventually given the go ahead to enter the conflict stricken province of Kosovo. Years of oppression at the hands of Serbia’s Government, Military and Police have lead to thousands of native 

Kosovars fleeing their homes to seek sanctuary in neighbouring countries. Horrifying reports of rape, torture and mass murder are plentiful.

Sgt Dean Samson and his team of British Soldiers unwittingly manage to arrest one of the most feared, vile serial killers known to man. A myth, a legend….an Aždaja.

Present day: Samson, now a serving Police Officer, is forced to do some soul searching after a serious health scare that turns his world upside down. The brush with his own mortality allows deeply buried memories of the past to surface, making him question his own moral values.”

My thoughts: So this is about the Croatian War for Independence…. I remember that years ago; it was horrible with all the years of ethnic cleansing and war crimes during the Yugoslav Wars (the war crimes trials still are going on… see: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/world/europe/bosnian-war-croatia.html

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/zagreb-ngo-calls-president-to-step-down-11-27-2017

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/01/war-criminal-in-the-hague-but-still-a-war-hero-in-croatia

and Slobodan Milošević, the former Yugolsav president, convicted on 66 counts of war crimes against humanity in a trial that lasted from 2002 until his death in 2006. 

So I am really interested in getting into this– what happened to this police officer? What did he witness? Was he forced to do things against his conscience? I think this is going to be good!

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(*Note): since Daisy is doing the first lines from chapter 1, I will do first lines of the preface.)

“The year 1927 was iconic. It started with a January 7 telephone call across the Atlantic— the first in history. In February, the Federal Radio Commission began to regulate radio, which was then in its golden age. On March 11, Gloria Swanson’s silent film “The Love of Sunya” was the first motion picture shown at New York’s legendary movie house, the Roxy Theatre. But the age of the silent movie came to an end later that year with the release of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson. The Model A Ford replaced the venerable Model T, and in May Charles Lindbergh made his famous nonstop transatlantic flight. That year saw the apogee of Babe Ruth’s awesome prowess at the batter’s box as he delivered a sixty-home-run season. New heights were reached on Wall Street, aided by a steady conservative government headed by Calvin Coolidge.”

My thoughts: I am eager to get further reading this book, after so thoroughly enjoying “The Sunken Gold” by the same author. His gift for research and stringing all of it into a highly entertaining tale is something I am looking forward to as this story unfolds.

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I actually started this for “A Study in Scarlet”  for Public Domain Readers, a Goodreads group, as I am a member and this is the book they are reading for January.

“In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon. The regiment was stationed in India at the time, and before I could join it, the second Afghan war had broken out. On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through passes, and was already deep in the enemy’s country. I followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as myself, and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where I found my regiment, and at once entered upon my new duties.”

My thoughts: I have always loved Sherlock Holmes, in every way, and looking forward to rereading this!

Daisy’s Book Beginnings Friday:

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February 16, 1868:

Let it be known that I, Samuel Thaddeus Inwood, am not a man of the sea. It is with certainty that I make this claim, having spent the last seventy-four days aboard two steamers and a schooner on my journey from the port at Southampton to my current position in the great Pacific Ocean off the Northern coast of New Guinea, Humboldt Bay being my final destination.”
– From Savage, by Stan C. Smith

My thoughts:
From the very beginning, nay, the very first sentence, this book spoke to the reader as though through the mouths of Edgar Allen Poe or Arthur Conan Doyle themselves. Stan C. Smith has a very ‘classic’ style of writing, which any lover of Poe or Doyle’s timeless science fiction tales would appreciate. Thank you for writing this entertaining piece, Stan C-for-Conan Smith!

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“On a brisk mid-December day in 1927, the Coast Guard cutter Paulding [note: ship name in italics] patrolled off Provincetown, Cape Cod. To the east on the coast loomed a tower, the 252-foot-tall Pilgrim Monument. Commanding officer John S. Baylis’s eyes were drawn to the blood-scarlet pennant over a red-and-blue flag that flew before the tower.”
– From Seventeen Fathoms Deep, by Joseph A. W

My thoughts: I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’ve been anticipating reading it with bated breath, and had high expectations of it since the author’s other book, The Sunken Gold, was so good… and so far, the book has lived up to those expectations, and I believe that it will only get better! The beginning was good. He jumps right into the history behind the story, and also shows a slightly more personal side to the story by looking at things through the eyes of one of the lead figures.

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“…Skeggi the Dueller suggested to Thorbjorn that their families be united: “I’ll marry your daughter, Thordis,” he said.
But Thorbjorn did not want the man to marry his daughter.”
– From W, by John Banks

My thoughts:

This is a good beginning, I think. It introduces a Viking theme that the author will bring up again later on. When you read it, you know it is important to the overall story, but you don’t know yet how it ties in or why. It adds a small sense of mystery to the story as you look for clues that link this to the main story from a completely different time period.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

You know me– I always do one off my shelf that I have already completed, usually a throwback (often a way, way throwback LOL)…. so without further Adieu, the next one in line is:

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page 56:

“Then he can’t collect pay?” asked Herbert.

“Of course he can’t. How many times do you think a man is bound to pay a note?”

Herbert was not pleased with the way things had turned out, and he was puzzled at the remarkable change which had taken place in his father.

The next morning Mr. Ross sent a bill to Joshua Starr for professional services, setting the sum at fifteen dollars. This quickly brought the old man around to his office, in terrible dismay.

“You ain’t in earnest, squire?” he said.

“About what?”
“About this bill.”

“Mr. Starr, do you suppose I work for nothing? That bill must be paid.”

“I won’t pay it!” said the old man, obdurately.

“You won’t, eh? Then I’ll attach your farm.”

Finally Joshua Starr had to pay the lawyer’s charge.

Two days afterward, to the astonishment of everyone except his mother and Dr. Euclid, whom he took into his confidence, Andy Gordon left Hamilton, and was not seen in the village again for several weeks.”

According to Google books: “This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. Horatio Alger was born in Massachusetts in 1832. He was a graduate of Harvard University. He was considered one of the most renown writers of the 19th Century. His protagonists were usually young boys who struggled from poverty to achieve success in life. He wrote over 100 books with that theme. His titles include “Ragged Dick,” “Adrift in New York,” ‘Sink or Swim,” and “The Odds Against Him,” “Rough and Ready,”Sam’s Chance,”and “Paul the Peddler.” Alger died in 1899.” Horatio Alger was the first to write an adventure series for boys, paving the way for the likes of “The Hardy Boys”.

This book is available free through The Gutenberg Project, here.

Daisy’s Friday 56:

“I’ll need to steer at the rocks to the right, then let the current swing the bow around. Once she’s straight, give her full steam. We should pop right out the other side.”
“Should?” Roosevelt asked.
“We will,” Jack said.”
– From The Sea Hunters II, by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo