Tuesday, October 16, 2012

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros



For today's First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro, I'm featuring an intro from an eGalley I'm planning on starting soon. This author is one I could count on in the past, but this intro is questionable I thought?? What do you thing -- keep reading? 
 

Harper Collins - October 2, 2012

"Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation.  They were just seedlings with one or two rigid, healthy leaves.  Nevertheless the stalky shoots had managed to squeeze through knife cracks in the decorative brown shingles covering the cement blocks.  They had grown into the unseen wall and it was difficult to pry them loose.  My father wiped his palm across his forehead and damned their toughness.  I was using a rusted old dandelion fork with a splintered handle; he wielded a long, slim iron fireplace poker that was probably doing more harm than good.  As my father prodded away blindly at the places where he sensed  roots might have penetrated, he was surely making convenient holes in the mortar for next year's seedlings."

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23 comments:

  1. Interesting opening! I'd read The Round House.

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  2. Great intro! I can not only see the trees they're digging out, I can see next year's frustration!

    here's my intro

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  3. I'm sure it's all a metaphor for what's to come in their lives. Here's Mine

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  4. thanks mine is posted from Light in the Window by Julie Lessmann

    http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2012/10/teaser-tuesday-light-in-window.html

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  5. Yes, I think I would. There is a hint that the message in this opening might have a larger meaning...something symbolic.

    Thanks for sharing. Here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

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  6. I'm not so sure. While the picture was vivid there just wasn't much to point to things that might be coming.

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  7. I would love to continue with this one! I read another Erdrich book not that long ago, and have wanted to try others from her. This one sounds really good. I hope you keep reading!

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    1. Definitely plan to continue reading. She rarely disappoints.

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  8. This is one I truly want to read...

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  9. Oh I would keep reading. I'm sure those errant leaves he's so frustrated by are symbolic of some bigger problem and if the ineffectual tools both the father and son are using are any indication, they are in for a bumpy ride.

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    1. I think you are extremely perceptive; this is how she tends to write, but for some reason that intro didn't grab me. I will continue and am pretty confident that I will enjoy it.

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  10. I either like her books or I don't and am always hesitant to pick them up.

    Mine is here.

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  11. I've enjoyed Louise Erdrich in the past so, although I'm not sure where that opening is going, I would keep reading.

    My Tuesday Intro post:
    http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2012/10/tuesday-intro-submission.html

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  12. I have not read any of Louise Erdrich's work in the past. I'm afraid it may be horror-story like? I would have to rely on a friend or other review before I would pick up the book at the library.
    HERE IS MINE

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  13. This wouldn't grab me but I'm wondering if this is the book I heard that she rewrote almost completely.

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  14. true statement about the weeding. Sorry I came by so late to link in, my day took over. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  15. I'm not sure if I would continue on or not only because this author is hit or miss with me!!

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  16. I've never read this author but she sure evokes powerful mental images. I'd keep reading.

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