Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Chocky, John Wyndham


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I'm reading or will be reading soon.

NYRB Classics - 2015

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"It was the spring of the last year that Matthew reached twelve that I first became aware of Chocky.  Late April, I think, or possibly early May; anyway I am sure it was the spring because on that Saturday afternoon I was out in the garden shed unenthusiastically oiling the mower for labours to come when I heard Matthew's voice speaking close outside the window.  It surprised me; I had had no idea he was anywhere about until I heard him say, on a note of distinct irritation and apropos, apparently, of nothing:


         'I don't know why. It's just the way things are.'


Based on this intro, would you read more or pass on this book?

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34 comments:

  1. This book sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy!

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  2. I found the writing style a bit distracting. I'd read a bit more to see if I could get used to it and engage in the story.

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    1. Yes the author isn't from the US so the writing is different but I think it still will be good.

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  3. I'm interested and would read further to find out a little bit more Diane.

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  4. I like the cover, but the first paragraph leaves me hanging there. I need to keep reading.

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  5. I'd definitely continue. You know good things are going to happen after that statement.

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  6. The opening passage doesn't engage me, but I've some vague memory from the title that it is a disturbing story and an introduction by Margaret Atwood is enough for me to want to read the book.

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    1. I like Atwood a lot as well and have heard good things about this one. Wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.

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  7. My reaction is basically the exact same as Margot's. Just not sure.

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    1. I have heard good things so, I'm curious to engage. Happy New Year.

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  8. I would definitely keep reading. I think it sounds great.

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    1. Glad you liked the intro Emma. I think it will be a good one.

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  9. I thought that was not easy to read.

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    1. Every week I hope to see something positive from you, Brian. Still hoping.

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  10. It's hard to tell if it's going to be upbeat or if 'Chocky' will create some tension in their lives. Interesting tease.

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  11. If I had just those words (no cover to look at, info from a friend, back of the jacket blurb, etc), I might not continue. But I think the cover is way cool, so I'd probably go with it! :O)

    Here's my FCFP post.

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  12. I am interested in this book, although the opening didn't particularly grab me. I am anxious to know what your final thoughts are on this one as it is one I am considering reading too.

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  13. I'm wondering who Chocky is talking to and would keep reading to find out. The cover intrigues me, too. I'm wondering what all those illustrations have to do with the story.
    Thank you for hosting!

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    1. Sandra, the cover alone left me with plenty of questions....curious for more.

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  14. I like the opening. Chocky sounds intriguing. Happy new year of reading, Diane!

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  15. Great opening and definitely a book I'd consider. Looking forward to your review!

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  16. I've heard about this book (maybe from you) so I would definitely keep reading, although I'm always afraid it's going to take a creepy turn. Here's Mine

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