Tuesday, September 17, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?
 
This week I'm featuring an intro from,The Panopticon, by Jenni Fagan.



"It's an unmarked car. Tinted windows, vanilla air freshener.  The cuffs are sore on my wrists but not tight enough to mark them--their tae smart for that.  The policeman stares at me in the rearview mirror.  This village is just speed bumps, and a river, and cottages with window blinds sagging like droopy eyelids.  The fields are strange. Too long. The sky is huge.

I should be playing the birthday game, but I cannae, not while there's witnesses around.  The birthday game has to be played in secret--or the experiment will find out.  What I need to do right now is memorize the number stickered inside the back window.  It's 75999.43.  I close my eyes and say it in my head over and over.  Open my eyes and get it right the first time."

[tae ? cannae?] - Scottish for too and cannot I'm guessing??
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What do you think? Would you keep reading?

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14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good Scottish mystery. I'd keep reading.

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  2. I have a copy of this book, so of course... I am going to read it!

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  3. I am curious about this book. I hope you enjoy it.

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  4. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds like something I would like.

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  5. I love Scots dialect -- so I'd likely keep going.

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  6. I've been hearing a lot about this one lately. I believe that the dialect is sprinkled throughout the book--might make it difficult but interesting! Enjoy!!

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  7. So intense! I love the dialect and the suspense of this opener. I'd keep reading.

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  8. Your guesses are spot on, Diane. The dialect takes me back to my Scottish mother's roots. When she spoke like that, she was either in the presence of my grandmother or other Scottish people--or I was in big trouble.

    I like the intro, so I'm adding this one to the TBR list.

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  9. "window blinds sagging like droopy eyelids"

    I like that image and the Scottish dialect. Sounds like it will be an exciting read!

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  10. I would definitely keep reading this book. In fact, I'm putting it on my list to pick up this weekend. I agree with Joann about the droopy eyelids imagery and the Scottish accent, both draw me to this book. I'm also intrigued because the character is in the back of a police car!

    Looking forward to your review, Diane!
    btw, I agree with your 'translation of tae and cannae

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  11. I like this intro and would keep reading.

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  12. Sounds ominous, and worth continuing....

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  13. I always enjoy a book with a little irish brogue in it. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  14. Nope, that didn't do it for me.

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