Thursday, September 19, 2019

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring a current read, The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

Beginning:  Prologue
A beggar nobody had seen before appeared in the neighbourhood that summer.  No-one knew him by name, nor seemed to care much about him, but to a young couple who passed him every morning he was the "crazy dwarf."
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Page 56: None of them looked all that pleased to see him, and Blomkvist kept his eyes on the table, drank his wine, and thought of Lisbeth Salander.
 
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My thoughts:  This is book #6 in the Millennium Series, which began with the much celebrated first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  The original author, Stieg Larsson wrote the first three books in the series before his untimely death.  The current author has continued the series beginning with book #4, The Girl in the Spider's Web.  I've been enjoying the stories created by both authors, and the continuing saga of Lisbeth Salanader, one of my all-time favorite brave, take-no-prisoners feminist character.  Sadly, this may be the last book in the series.

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From Goodreads: Lisbeth Salander--the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo--has disappeared. She's sold her apartment in Stockholm. She's gone silent electronically. She's told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she's got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.

Mikael Blomkvist is trying to reach Lisbeth. He needs her help unraveling the identity of a man who lived and died on the streets in Stockholm--a man who does not exist in any official records and whose garbled last words hinted at possible damaging knowledge of people in the highest echelons of government and industry. In his pocket was a crumpled piece of paper with Blomkvist's phone number on it.

Once again, Salander and Blomkvist will come to each other's aid, moving in tandem toward the truths they each seek. In the end, it will be Blomkvist--in a moment of unimaginable self-sacrifice--who will make it possible for Lisbeth to face the most important battle of her life, and, finally, to put her past to rest.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 



                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Campusland by Scott Johnston.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.


Campusland 

Prologue

Devon University
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Devon University is an American private research university located in the New England town of Havenport.  With an admissions rate of 83 percent, it is considered one of the most elite universities in America.

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September
Blue Nation Coffee

School years had a dependable rhythm, one Eph always found comforting.  This was his favorite time, September--the anticipation, the excitement of reconnecting after summer break.  Official move-in day wasn't until tomorrow, but many students had come early for orientations or team practices, so the sidewalk was busy.  Walking down Ellsworth, a commercial street that ran along one edge of campus, he saw eagerness painted on the passing faces.  He had little doubt his own face looked just the same.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
I love the start of a new school year and books set on college campuses.  Now is the perfect time to read this type of novel--the new fall semester is a few weeks old, and there is a hint of autumn in the air here on the East Coast.












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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


                                                      
 

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring my current read, The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd.  The excerpt shared is from an eBook borrowed from the library.


The Innocent Wife 

Prologue

The girl was found seventy-six hours after she was reported missing.  The fingertips had been removed with cable-cutter pliers, a calculated attempt to hide DNA evidence, the flesh of her attacker gathering beneath the whites of her nails as they dragged over his skin.  Her body had been moved shortly after death; wherever she was killed had been private enough for a prolonged and violent attack, followed by the mutilation of her corpse.  Holly Michaels was dumped in the dark water of the bayou, in the northernmost part of Red River County, Florida, ten miles from her home.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The very descriptive first paragraph grabbed my attention immediately, in much the same way you can't look away when you come upon the scene of an accident, even though you want to.  I'm also curious about how the title relates to the unfolding story.












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