Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: September 9, 2011

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 would like, 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.

Thanks to Becky at Page Turners for starting this meme and to Rose City Reader for inspiring it!

This week I've been reading The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe. Here are the first few lines:

A screech owl stood on the porch rail, its tiny talons scratching against the wood. The dawn light made the tufts of its wind-ruffled feathers look jagged and bloody. The bird had a voice far out of proportion to its size, and was intimately acquainted with the night winds that guided the Tufa destiny. It was also, when seen during the day, an omen of death.

Oh, wow. There are so many things to like about this beginning. The owl, the "jagged and bloody" imagery, a death omen, the first mention of the Tufa... I love it. Sure, the author had me with the owl (I love owls!), but I think this beginning is especially descriptive and did a fantastic job of grabbing my attention and making me want to learn more about this death omen and the Tufa.

So, what is the first line of your current read, and how did you like it? Please leave the link to your specific post, not just to the front page of your blog.


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