Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Gemini, Carol Cassella


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? Today's pick is a book that releases in March. Carol Cassella is an author who has pleased me with her work in the past, both Oxygen and Healer were winners with me.

Gemini, Carol Cassella
Simon & Schuster - March 2014

1 - charlotte

"It is natural law that all complex systems move from a state of order to disorder.  Stars decay, mountains erode, ice melts.  People get off no easier.  We get old or injured and inevitably slide right back into the elements we were first made from.  The organized masterpiece of conception, birth, and maturation is really only two steps forward before three steps back, at least in the physical world.  Sometimes when Charlotte lost a patient she thought about that and found it comforting--a reminder that she hadn't failed in what was ultimately an unwinnable game.  But if she thought about it too long, she had to wonder if her entire medical career was an interminable battle against the will of the universe."

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What do you think? Would you keep reading? Feel free to join us by linking your First Chapter post below.

27 comments:

  1. Great choice, Diane. I have an ARC of this novel and hope to read it soon.

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  2. Sounds like a bit of philosophy this week. Nice.

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  3. I have always thought the medical field was full of contradictions...
    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  4. It'd be difficult to be a healthcare giver.

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  5. Sounds interesting, but could be an emotional read.

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  6. That sounds interesting, but could end up going either way. Will be interested to see what you think of it!

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  7. I like the opening and want to read more.

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  8. Great opening lines! I loved this book...hope you are enjoying it, too.

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  9. A little too ephemeral for me. I'll be interested to see what you think of it. Here's Mine

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  10. I would give it a try. I might want to try the prior two first. I 'll watch for your review.

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  11. I think it sounds very interesting!

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  12. This looks like a novel I would like to read, based on the first paragraph.

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  13. I think the opening sounds really interesting and I'd like to know where it's going. I would read more. It reminds me of Andrew's Brain by EL Doctorow a little bit.
    I hope you enjoy this book!

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  14. That little intro brought out a lot of feeling. I would definitely keep reading.

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  15. I would continue reading. The intro pulled me in right away--and I like the cover. :-)

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  16. I would have to know more about it. Lately I've been too busy reading to keep up with the book world.

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  17. Hmm, it sounds very interesting. I wouldn't want to read it on a busy day, or when I was really depressed. But a book that isn't fluff is sometimes just what a person needs, and that seems to fit the bill exactly. :)

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  18. As someone who works in the medical field, I think I should put that opener up in our office! I personally also like the cover.

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  19. Now that's a thought-provoking teaser, and one that could drum up a lot of opinion and discussion. When you think about it, it is a true statement. We really are born to die.

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  20. The opening is interesting (perhaps a bit sad, too).

    Diane, your blog has a new look--very nice!

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  21. I would definitely keep reading.

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  22. Sounds ambivalent to me... the writing sounds intelligent and even positive, albeit with a resigning tilt.

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  23. I plan to read it, as I have an ARC sitting on my nightstand. Plus, I recently read Oxygen, which I thought was very good! I also want to read Healer.

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