Tuesday, April 3, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few) of a book I decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Feel free to grab the banner and play along.  This week's selection is a book I've been curious about: 


Calico Joe; John Grisham

" The tumor in my father's pancreas was removed last week in an operation that lasted five hours and was more difficult than his surgeons had expected.  Afterward, they delivered the grim news that most people in his condition could not expect to live for more than ninety days.  Since I knew nothing of the surgery, or the tumor, I was not there when he was given his death sentence.  Communication is not a priority with my father.  Ten years ago he divorced one wife and had found another before word filtered down to me."

 What do you think? Would you read on?

40 comments:

  1. Yes I would! I've seen this book this week on many many blogs

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  2. Me too. I'd keep reading. I like John Grisham and I'd be interested to see how this one goes since it isn't a law thriller. Here's Mine

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  3. I've been wanting to read this...and just from this intro, we have clues about the characters and their relationship. Thanks!

    Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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  4. Absolutely, I would read on. That's a pretty compelling opening, and I already like the voice.

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    1. Me too, it makes me curious if they mend their relationship.

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  5. Doesn't sound like it's for me, but I'm still looking forward to your review!

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    1. Col...no it wouldn't be for everyone, but think I'll like it.

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  6. Not sure. I read The Firm and found it wasn't quite my cup of tea for a number of reasons so I haven't read anything else by him.

    Here's mine - http://eugeniaoneal.blogspot.com/

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    1. I liked a few of his earlier books but then stopped reading his books for a while. This will appeal to me, I love family dynamics and drama..

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  7. I do like that opening, but I am not really a bog fan of baseball, and worry that I would be bored with the plot of this one. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say about it.

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    1. I love baseball and the dying father, and son relationship leaves me curious.

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  8. Not sure I could take this one right now - sounds too emotionally draining.

    I'm reading a great book this week:
    http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2012/04/tuesday-intro-homecoming-of-samuel-lake.html

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    1. I hear ya JoAnn. I need to be up to read a book like that. I loved the one you are reading....so good. enjoy

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  9. I'm going to be honest here, Diane, I hope that's okay :o) I'm not a fan of John Grisham at all. I read his books years ago but haven't read one since The Client. This book sounds sweet, sad and it's nice that it's about the relationship between fathers and sons. But there's nothing particularly unique or creative about this book that would entice to pick it up.

    My selection is posted on my blog:
    Amy's FPFCTI
    Thank you!

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    1. Amy, no problem at all. That is what makes us readers so interesting....LOL I actually pulled away from Grisham also, and my main interest is because of the story itself and the fact his father has P.Cancer, It took the life of my mom and a brother.

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  10. Yes, of course I would keep reading. I love his sports books. Did you read Bleachers? I enjoyed that one too.

    This week I am reading The Kingdom by Amanda Stevens. Just loving the Graveyard Queen Series. http://booksnwhatnot.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-chapter-first-paragraph.html

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    1. Your teaser got me curious. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Great opening, lots to look forward to in that paragraph. Mine is a thriller also.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-paragraph-espionage-thriller.html

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  12. communication does seem to be a lost art with some...i'd most definitely keep reading

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    1. I agree, and I'm curious if they mend their relationship.

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  13. Very intriguing first paragraph. I'm definitely interested!

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  14. Yes! And now I want to, too.

    I've never liked Grisham novels before. He wrote one book of nonfiction about a guy on death row who's exonerated, and that book is really excellent. I think it's called THE INNOCENT MAN.

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    1. yes, I did listen to that non fiction one Unnocent Man...very good.

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  15. I did read on and enjoyed it. Hope you do as well.

    Mine is here.

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  16. Yep, probably would keep going!

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  17. It does sound good :~)
    here is mine
    http://thefridayfriends.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday.html

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  18. I would keep on...need to know if it dad ends up living or not and just the whole family dynamic!

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    1. I LOVE stories focused on family relationships. This one isn't a terribly long book.

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  19. I'm one of those people who will read anything John Grisham writes. This first paragraph has a bit of a twist to it and now I'm curious. I'd like to find this one.

    My First Paragraph is here: Joyfully Retired

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    1. Margot, I haven't read all of his books, but his earliest ones were good.

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  20. I'd definitely read on ... his work that isn't all legal eagle stuff is good ...

    Perhaps I can participate next week! I came in lete on this week's first paragraphs! What an excellent way to see some new literature! You're so clever to think up this share!

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  21. I really enjoyed his earlier ones too, but I haven't read much of his recent work.

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  22. I'm reading this one right now and loving it. There's a lot of baseball in it but it's also about relationships and consequences. I'm a baseball fan and a Cub fan (Calico Joe played for the Cubs) so I knew I would be engaged in this book from the start.

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