Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Beginnings - 1/9/15


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's book beginnings comes from The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson:

"Gotcha! Joe Howard Wilson jerked and his hands went straight to his face, and then to his body, for his gun.  Groping.  Feeling.  Saying his prayers.  Checking to make sure that he was awake and what had happened in that forest in Italy, all the killing, was over."



There are two covers.  This is the cover I have, and I like it better.  :)

Anything with a typewriter on it, catches my eye.

I am still a bit confused about what is going on, but the writing is beautiful, and the characters are authentic and likeable.
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13 comments:

  1. Happy Friday!!

    Enjoy whatever book you are reading.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  2. I love images of typewriters, too, the older the better. Last year, I had a calendar with a different vintage typewriter on each month...I thought it was perfect for my office.

    Thanks for sharing...this one sounds good. Here's mine: “COPPER BEACH”

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    1. Typewriters and typing teachers, which I was, can't be separated. :) I love the old machines.

      I taught on manual, typebar typewriters the first few years of teaching. Forty kids in the room clicking and clacking on those things, but they learned the valuable skill of typing and that is all that matters. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Laurel.

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  3. Without the guidance of a blurb, this opening would not attract my interest. But thanks for sharing.
    A couple of years ago my son gave me a bracelet made up from old typewriter keys.

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    1. When I retired, my teacher friends gave me a key chain with an "E" key from an old typewriter. I love it.

      It took a few pages to get interesting, and it was worth the wait. :)

      Thanks for stopping, SherryGloag.

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  4. I don't know what the other cover looks like but I love that one! I love the typewriter. I'm curious about what's going on. Sounds like the nightmare of a war vet? Hope your enjoying your reading!

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    1. It is set in the South after WWII. The war veteran is murdered, and the main character is investigating his death.

      It is good, but was a bit confusing until about page 50.

      Thanks for stopping, Katherine.

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  5. You've definitely captured my attention.

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    1. Good to hear. :)

      Thanks for stopping fredamans.

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  6. Hi Elizabeth,

    Those first few lines alone probably wouldn't see me rushing to acquire a copy of the book in a hurry. However I have already seen this one featured on a few other sites, so know some of the blurb surrounding the story, which makes it far more appealing.

    Just to be awkward, whilst the fact that your chosen cover features the all important typewriter, an instant attraction to all readers and writers, I actually prefer the alternative cover, which appears on Goodreads. This choice is made simply for the fact that I can equate the cover image with this line from the synopsis so clearly in my minds eye ..

    "As a child, Regina was captivated by Calhoun’s The Secret of Magic, a novel in which white and black children played together in a magical forest."

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy this one as much as the many others who have given it nothing but 5 star ratings and reviews.

    Yvonne

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    1. It is getting very good.

      The beginning doesn't do it justice. I perhaps should have chosen some different lines, but I was following the rules. LOL!!

      I should have my review up this week.

      Thanks for stopping, Yvonne.

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  7. I'm conflicted about historical fiction for 2015. I may read less of it, but hope you enjoy this one.

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    1. I am still enjoying historical fiction. It depends on the era for me.

      What's funny is that I didn't like history when I was in high school. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Harvee.

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