Tuesday, July 14, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Summerlong; Dean Bakopoulos


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph (maybe 2) of a book I am reading or thinking of reading soon. 
Summerlong; Dean Bakopolus
ECCO - 2015
PART 1
"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one" ---Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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"In the hay gold dusk of late spring, Don Lowry takes his usual walk through town and out to the fields beyond it.  In the newly turned black earth, he smells energy and promise, which buoys him in a way he has not felt buoyed in sometime, and he feels, along with the whole twitching prairie, as if he is on the verge of something either beautiful or terrible.  It is always hard for him to know which.  And this is why, while walking home, when he sees a woman, her body sprawled beneath a thick, scabbed-up sycamore at the darkening edge of Merrill Park, he believes that she's fallen from a high bough."


What do you think -- keep reading or pass?
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35 comments:

  1. The opening has me wondering...and the author's use of a quote from Never Let Me Go has me wondering even more...

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    1. yes, Catherine, I was especially interested in the significance of that quote.

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  2. The opening you shared definitely is intriguing, although I am not sure after reading the blurb about the book. I think I'll wait and see what you think first.

    (I may not be able to respond to everyone's post and reply to comments on my blog right away--but I will check them out when I can!)

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    1. I haven't started it yet Wendy, but hope to this week.

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  3. I can feel the spring air. There's lots of promise here. I'd like to keep reading.

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    1. I'm just very curious, not sure where this one is going by that intro.

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  4. A great opening, I'd keep reading - I like the idea that the narrator knows something is brewing but not whether it will be good or bad... I'm guessing by the last line it is the latter...

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    1. Cleo, yes, it does sound bad by that last sentence.

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  5. I like the quote at the beginning, and I really want to know what happened to the woman. I'd keep reading!

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    1. lad u liked the intro Diana, I am anxious to try this one.

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  6. I like this opening paragraph. It's very descriptive and makes me want to know more. I'd keep reading.

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    1. It does make the reader wonder where this story is going.

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  7. Yes, I'd like to know more. What happened to that woman???

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  8. This one was a surprise summer hit for me! And...I thought the book got MUCH better after the first paragraph.

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    1. Oh wow, Sarah, that is great to hear. Will start this soon.

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  9. I would probably keep on- I'm curious about the under the tree.

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    1. Greg, I agree---that once sentence makes me want more.

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  10. OK, first, I like the cover. Just something about it. And I like the quote and I want to find out about the woman. So, yes, yes, yes, I'd continue. :-)

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  12. I love the writing and the mood it creates. I'm on the library hold list for this one!

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    1. Yes, I'm hoping once I begin this I will like the rest as much.

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  13. I love the quote at the beginning! And the opening leaved me wanting to know more.

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  14. Well, the ominous tone of the first paragraph doesn't really match the cover, does it? I am a bit curious.

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  15. I'd have to keep reading. I like the writing style and want to know more about what has happened to the woman.

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  16. The cover and the intro don't match and I am curious to know why. I'd keep reading.

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  17. Such a pretty cover, and such an ominous sense of foreboding...I would definitely keep reading.

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  18. I'd keep reading! I love that cover!

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  19. Not an author I'm familiar with, but sounds worthwhile to try.

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  20. I like the sound of. So much could happen next, though I have no idea what!

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  21. I got lost in the run-on sentence.

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  22. Keep reading. I've heard this one is pretty dark but good. I like the way it's starting.

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