Tuesday, October 2, 2012

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


For today's First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro, I'm featuring an intro from a book I'm listening to now: Winter of the World.
 

Feel free to join in by posting the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few ) of a book you decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Grab the banner and play along. 


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Carla knew her parents were about to have a row. The second she walked into the kitchen she felt the hostility, like the bone-deep cold of the wind that blew through the streets of Berlin before a February snowstorm.  She almost turned and walked back out again.

It was unusual for them to fight.  Mostly they were affectionate--too much so. Carla cringed when they kissed in front of other people.  Her friends thought it was strange, their parents didn't do that. She said that to her mother, once.  Her mother laughed in a pleased way and said: "The day after our wedding your father and I were separated the Great War."  She had been born English though you could hardly tell. "I stayed in London while he came home to Germany and joined the Army."  Carla heard this story many times, but Mother never tired from telling it. "We thought the war would last for three months but I didn't see him again for five years." "All that time I longed to touch him." "Now I never tire of it."

Would you read on? This is book #2 of a proposed trilogy. I enjoyed the first book - Fall of Giants; Ken Follett.

26 comments:

  1. I like this. I think it's going to be one intriguing epic. Since Downton Abbey, I'm intrigued by books with setting in The Great War. It's sad to see how those who used to be families and friends had to be separated as enemies due to the War between Germany and England.

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  2. I must discover what the first book is in the series. I love the sound of this one and I really love the title.

    Stupid me! Just saw you reviewed the first one!

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    1. It's called The Fall of Giants; Ken Follett - excellent

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  3. I have just gone and bought this as it is 20p on Amazon.co.uk. Do I need to read the first book first or can it be read as stand alone??

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  4. Yes, this sounds like a book I would enjoy. Let me know if it lives up to your expectations. Here's Mine

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  5. Yes, that one does sound quite good!

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  6. I have never read this author....I do like the descriptions and how he shows the reader what the relationship looks like, aside from the "rows."

    I would keep reading.

    Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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  7. I thought I wouldn't want to read this book book I very much disliked the one book I read by this author but I'm intrigued by this paragraph, by Carla and by her parent's history. Not too mention, I trust your taste in books ;o)

    Suffice to say, I'll be checking out this trilogy!

    I posted my First Paragraph choice on my blog:
    Amy's FCFPTI Book!
    I hope you like it!

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  8. I'm pretty sure I would give it a go. It sounds very interesting. My intro is from the classic, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathanial Hawthorn kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  9. I really enjoyed "Fall of Giants". I am looking forward to reading "Winter of the World" and am looking forward to the 3rd book in the trilogy. I am so behind in my reading that I have not posted an entry to your MEME. Maybe next Tuesday! LOL

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  10. I really want to read this series, and have had the first book here for some time now. I would definitely continue to read this one, and will be relying on you to tell me how it all turns out!

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  11. I almost don't want to read your teaser for fear that I will want to read this and I know it is big commitment!!

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  12. I received a copy of this in audio. I usually enjoy Follett's work so I'll probably like it... but, being familiar with his work I'm pretty sure I need to read book one first.

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  13. I would keep on. I so want to read these!!

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  14. Oh sure, tempt me to push this book to the top of the pile!

    Mine is here.

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  15. Yes, I would read on. Intriguing opening!

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  16. It really does make you want to know more about that couple. I would certainly read on!

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  17. I'm behind on my Follet. I still need to read World Without End!

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  18. Looks like a good one to add to War novels to read.

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  19. I've heard such good things about Follett but I've never read anything by him.

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  20. I just finished Fall of Giants and Can.Not.Wait. to read this. So great that we're going to get the next generation in this one.

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  21. This sounds good. I've never read this author but I really should.

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  22. Wow, this sounds fantastic. I think I'll put this on the Jan/ 2013 list. Looking forward to your thoughts on this one.

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  23. This intro is terrific as it really drew me in.

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  24. I loved his previous series (Pillars of the Earth & World Without End), so yes! I would definitely read more. I need to tackle the first in this series, though, but not for a while. I'm still listening to The Passage and it's quite the chunkster. I've had to re-listen to a few chapters here and there after my Nano messed up on me, so it's really taking me a long time. I've been listening for over a month! I think I'll be ready for something shorter before diving into Follett's sagas. ;)

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