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/.
What Stacy is Currently Reading:
Fall of Cities: Planting the Orchard
“Hey, it’s soft lad. Blimey, what are you doing on the Iraq border, up on the sharp end?” The wide smile took the sting out of the words as the corporal punched the arm of a soldier stacking boxes in the front of the lorry. The soldier turned showing that he was also a corporal but his uniform was a lot cleaner.
Vance Huxley. Planting The Orchard (Kindle Locations 31-33). Wicked Moon Penning.”
At first, I thought this was about the first Gulf War, with the troops in Iraq & Kuwait and the oil wells burning, but then, after reading a bit, I realized that it was not that war, but a speculated one in the future, and to say that all hell as broke out would be an understatement.
She Was Born A Good Girl by Garfield Whyte
“2009 Hopewell, Santa Cruz, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica “To be good is to be forgotten. I’m going to be so bad I’ll always be remembered.” ― Theda Bara
It was a bittersweet moment for Thalia Manning. Zoe was growing up. It seemed like just yesterday she was waiting to get on the bus for her ﬁrst day of kindergarten. Having Zoe when she was so young was the hardest thing Thalia had ever done, at 15, with no money. Heck, she hadn’t even ﬁnished high school nor did she have any basic childcare skills. She felt her life was over, almost never-ending. Her days and nights were spent feeding, winding, changing, and bathing her. Thalia exhaled. She had survived, with Dryden’s support and love. Zoe was ten years old now, and she was twenty-six. And different: she was older and wiser, and had a well-adjusted girl to show for it. Thalia was still young; she could do it again if Dryden wanted to. ”
I wonder Zoe was exposed to at a young in due to her mother’s poverty, naivete, and immaturity? Was she exposed to or experienced things personally that will have a huge impact on her future?
What Daisy is Currently Reading:
The Devil Take Tomorrow by Gretchen Jeannette
“Swirling mist cloaked the trio of rebel soldiers galloping furiously toward a rendezvous. Raking spurs across lathered hides while shouting urgent commands, the riders thundered over muddy roads that snaked up hillocks and plunged through woooded defiles blazing with the colors of autumn.”
The Best American Series: The Best American Mystery Stories, edited by Michael Connelly
“I drive a two-seater. It’s a drop-top sports car built low to the ground for better control and handling. Alright, it’s an automatic with a push-button, electronic top. But that’s not the point. The point is when the top’s down and I’m sailing through the curves along the bay, the wind cutting in behind my shades, I can’t think of a better car to be in.”
Assiyah Rising: Part One by T. H. Ansz
“October 27, 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, International Caribbean Waters The cramped, dimly lit operations room of the Soviet submarine was filled with hot, sticky tension. Three naval officers stood around the periscope, sweat covering their brows, their voices raised over the loud humming of machinery.”
T.H. Ansz. Assiyah Rising: Part One (Kindle Locations 38-41).
Very impressive beginning. Very strong and really draws you in. I liked the fact that the beginning was unexpected because you were taken by surprise in a good way.
The Friday 56
*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)
*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:
Peace River Country by Ralph Allen
|Encounter Peace River Country|
|Actors:||Muriel Cooper (Mrs. Sondern)Martin AndrewsTony BrownEric ClaveringClive EndersbyMichele FinneyRon HartmannAlex McKeeJohn ParisBilly PottonRuth SpringfordPeter Sturgess|
Though it was published 14 times between 1958 and 1962, so it was pretty popular.
According to http://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/3459035, the author: