First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
- Finally… reveal the book!
-The First Lines-
Green eyes watched from the darkness like statues in a fog. I felt them like fishhooks in me, dragging me upward. I felt wrong. Cold. The image of Bordelon’s face on the holograph – moments before I wiped it from existence – seemed to float on the air. His was not alone. Gilliam’s was there, lips twisted as he was, a sneer made flesh. And Uvanari. A confusion of sound filled my universe: the screams of dying men, the cheering of the Colosso crowd, my own blood pounding in my ear.
Book #2 in The Sun Eater series by Christopher Ruocchio.
It’s a space opera. It’s a story of a guy telling a story about himself and we LOVE unreliable narrators around here. Maybe he’s a bad guy, maybe he’s not. Maybe he’s telling the truth, maybe he’s smudging history. Is he the Sun Eater? Did he kill a whole lot of people in a fight with aliens? Will we ever figure out what exactly happened and how it all really came about? WHO KNOWS.
If I’m being truly honest, this book is on my special TBR shelf called “I really want to but I have reservations”. I absolutely loved Ruocchio’s debut Empire of Silence (book #1). It was a wonderful story and it’s hit my top favorites of all time list. So, I’m really worried that the second won’t live up to the satisfaction of the first. However, I’m going to get through this one in 2023 – it’s one of my few reading goals for the year.
I mean, the whole “first time luck” thing is just a myth right?
Even if it’s bad it’ll probably be good… right??
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3 responses to “First Line Friday – February 23rd, 2023”
Space operas aren’t my normal thing but I’ve really been wanting to try some recently. Do you have any recommendations? I’m literally open to anything lol.
I’d honestly give Empire of Silence a try. It has space but it’s more along the Dune style of story. Hadrian is a noble son, who runs away (as an adult) from his father’s decisions. Things go wrong and he ends up living homeless on an unknown planet far far from home. Most of this story takes place on planet, not in on space ships and reads a lot like a fantasy novel but without “magic”. It’s really good!
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Ill definitely check it out!
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