Category: First Line Friday

First Line Friday #45

Today’s First Line Friday is a selection chosen from my husband!  I like to get his input for my site from time to time!  😉

“Working under the glow of two lamps, Jora Lanseri sat hunched at her workbench.”

She never planned to change the world. Now she has a chance to save it.

Jora Lanseri always planned on fulfilling her duty. She was to be a wife and mother, nothing more. But when justice officials discover she has the uncommon ability to enter the Mindstream, allowing her to witness any event in the past or present, her fate changes for good.

Whisked away to a new life in the capital, Jora begins her training as a Truth Sayer. Her new world turns terrifying when she witnesses a shocking crime with world-shattering implications.

Faced with losing her family, Jora must solve the crime in addition to an ancient mystery at the bottom of the sea. As an unlikely ally supplies her with answers, she must summon every ounce of her strength and courage to save everyone she loves.

Song of the Sea Spirit is an imaginative epic fantasy that keeps you guessing until the very end. If you like relatable characters, imaginative new magic systems, and fantastic twists, then you’ll love the first installment of K.C. May’s Mindstream Chronicles.

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First Line Friday #44

I’m going “old school” with this week’s First Line Friday! I can’t remember for sure, but I think I read this when I was in school. I have actually shared more than the first line as the second flows well with the first.

My father’s name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS is Charles Dickens’ thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel; a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens’s second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens’s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.

It is set among marshes in Kent, and in London, in the early to mid-1800s, and contains some of Dickens’ most memorable scenes, including the opening, in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is full of extreme imagery -poverty; prison ships and chains, and fights to the death-and has a colorful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. Dickens’s themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is popular both with readers and literary critics, and has been translated into many languages, and adapted numerous times into various media.

Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. Thomas Carlyle spoke disparagingly of “all that Pip’s nonsense”. Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel, as “All of one piece and consistently truthful.” During the serial publication, Dickens was pleased with public response to GREAT EXPECTATIONS and its sales; when the plot first formed in his mind, he called it “a very fine, new and grotesque idea.”

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First Line Friday #43

This week’s First Line Friday is one I have owned for years, but have never read. This is like many I own… There are just too many books and never enough time! Anyone want to work for me so I can blog full-time? I’d love you forever…

I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.

A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides–the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls’ school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them–along with Callie’s failure to develop–leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie’s grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite.

Spanning eight decades–and one unusually awkward adolescence- Jeffrey Eugenides’s long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America’s best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker.

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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