Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of a book I decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). This week's selection has my interest.  This week's pick is for a Read-A-Long with Jo@ BiblioJunkie. We'll be posting our reviews on September 15th in case you want to join in.
(historical romance)
" WHEN THE EAST WIND BLOWS UP HELFORD RIVER THE shining waters become troubled and disturbed and the little waves beat angrily upon the sandy shores. The short seas break above the bar at ebb-tide, and the waders fly inland to mud-flats, their wings skimming the surface, and calling to one another as they go.  Only the gulls remain, wheeling and crying above the foam, diving now and again in search of food, their grey feathers glistening with the salt spray."
 (I have to admit that I wasn't wowed by this intro for some reason, however, 25 pages into it, I'm quite happy)  What do you think about the intro?

18 comments:

  1. I see your point, I'm glad I don't rely on the first paragraph when decided what to read.

    here's mine

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  2. That opening doesn't especially grab me, but since it's Du Maurier, I would read on.

    I've started another Stewart O'Nan novel:
    http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2011/08/tuesday-intro-emily-alone.html

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  3. When I first read the paragraph I thought "egads!" But then when I read it again and tried to picture the setting, it is kind of a beautiful paragraph. It just isn't one of those paragraphs that grab you.

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  4. I agree that it doesn't bowl me over, but sometimes books wind up slowly. I'll look forward to your review before I jump into it.

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  5. I would continue reading because the first paragraph set me down firmly on the beach, my favorite place in the world.

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  6. I think I would have to say yes to this, but then again, I would like to read anything by Du Maurier. I hope you enjoy this one!

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  7. Descriptive, but I'd have to read further to decide.

    My TI/TT.

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  8. It just proves that intros aren't everything, and that even famous authors wrote some that weren't compelling.

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  9. My favorite place in the world is the beach, so I'd definitely keep reading!
    Here's Mine

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  10. I too love the sea and the scene it set, so I kept reading..and really liked this book.

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  11. Like everything else, sometimes things take a little time to warm up. Now I have to check out your other posts to see what else I can put on my reading list :)

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  12. I'd probably keep reading it. It certainly sounds good!

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  13. Hi Diane,

    I loved those first few lines and they would definitely make me keep on reading, even if I didn't know that it was a book by the fantastic Daphne du Maurier.

    To me, they are so descriptive and set the whole scene so well, together with that alluring cover art.

    I haven't read this one of du Maurier's books, but by coincidence picked it up as part of a 9 book boxed set by the author, just recently.

    Yvonne

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  14. I've been rowing on the Helford with my partner, back in the early days *sigh* - plus it's Daphne du Maurier, so, yes, I'd read it.

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  15. I agree … not the best intro. This is one case where you would perservere because you know who the author is!

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  16. I'm not saying wow after reading that intro either but I love DuMaurier and would never turn down the opportunity to read one of hers.

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