This week’s First Line Friday is on Saturday. I don’t like to blog more than once a day and yesterday I was part of a blog tour, so First Line Friday moved to today. This is week #46 of First Line Friday! This is another selection where I have opted to share more then the first line. This is a short novel and one I NEED to read. This looks to be a novel that you will go on a roller coaster of emotions as you experience this journey.
The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.
The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Please see Patrick Ness’ Author’s Note from the novel:
There is also a movie that I hope to see. Please watch the trailer:
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.
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.”[Top]