A Few More Pages blog hosts the meme Book Beginnings:
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday and will be open for the entire week.
This time I’ve in the middle of three books:
The New York Times September 8, 2001
Last week’s confirmation by the Nobel high energy research team at CERN’s Erqumitsuliaq (Greenland) Quadruple Array Survey Collider of the existence of a sixth alternate Earth has had widespread effects on the worlds’ commodities markets, especially due to the continuing uncertainty as to how soon trade could be permitted with the new world (dubbed “Terra” by the Nobel team).
It’s Diane Duane’s Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses and at first I thought it was fantasy. But I do love alternate realities (being a long time X-Men and Avengers fan) so I’m eagerly looking forward to how they are going to handled in book format.
The beginning certainly establishes very quickly that this a science fiction book which is good since the cover also looks like fantasy.
Last week, Audible had a sale where you could get three audio books for two credits. The only thing that could have prevented me from taking advantage of it, would have been poor selection of books (and I suspect that us non-USAians get a lot fewer discount books to choose from). One of my choices was this:
“Tonight we’re going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man.” The guy who said that didn’t look five years older than me. So, if he’d ever killed a man in combat, silently or otherwise, he’d done it as an infant.
The Forever War by Joel Haldeman. Another SF book. The tone introduces the point-of-view character as a youngish man with a tendency to sarcastic inner monologue. Probably he’s also a military or a mercenary since he’s jaded about killing other people. Or at least about techniques which are supposed to work.
I’ve also just started an e-book:
I hurried off the metro at the Union Station stop, looking around to see if I was being followed.
Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley. It’s a paranormal thriller set in 2015. I think this a good opening for a thriller; it has an immediate sense of urgency.