First Line Fridays #5

Another excellent start to a novel that has me interested and excited to see what happens next!

I’m pretty much fucked.

That’s my considered opinion. 


Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.

I don’t even know who’ll read this.  I guess someone will find it eventually.  Maybe a hundred years from now.

For the record … I didn’t die on Sol 6.  Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them.  Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.”

And it’ll be right, probably.  ‘Cause I’ll surely die here,  Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.

Published: February 2014 

Publisher: Crown (Random House)

Pages: 369

Genera: SciFi (adult??)

Currently: about 2 pages in and enjoying it

First Line Fridays #4

This is not the start of the prologue, for once! However, still an excellent start, in my humble opinion.

As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. First she was travelling through open space.  Second, she was about to start a new job, one she could not screw up.  Third, she had bribed a government official into giving her a new identity file.  None of this information was new, but it wasn’t pleasant to wake up to. 

Published: July 2014 

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 404

Genera: SciFi (possibly adult??)

Currently: about 1/3 in and LOVING IT

First Line Friday #3

Again, more like the first paragraph, but my blog, my rules.  Also I think this is the second time I’m using the prologue instead of the first chapter.  But it’s still the first glimpse of the book so it totally counts.  And it’s my rules.  

The girls were never present for the entrance interviews.  Only their parents, their guardians, their confused siblings, who wanted so much to help them but didn’t know how.   It would have been too hard on the prospective students to sit there and listen as the people they loved most in all the world–all this world, at least–dismissed their memories as delusions, their experiences as fantasy, their lives as some intractable illness.

Published: April 2016

Publisher: Tor

Pages: 173

Genera: Fantasy (adult??)

Currently: 1 page in and LOVING IT

First Line Friday #2

So I have more then just the first line, but the first few lines just build upon each other so well here that this is likely the best opening to a book I have read all year. 

Aliens suck at music. And it’s not for lack of trying. They’ve been at it for eons but have yet to produce even a faintly decent tune. If they had, we’d have detected them ages ago.

Published: July 2012

Publisher: Del Ray

Pages: 364

Genera: SciFi (adult??)

Rating: currently 5 stars at 2% into the book