Friday, 5 August 2011

Book Beginnings On Friday

This week has been a bumper book week for me - I've made a large dent in my TBR pile, have a couple of reviews underway which will be coming soon, and I've finally joined the Kindle generation! Woop woop :) To mark my step into the new, technological world, I couldn't resist buying a couple of Kindle books to read on my new toy.

The first Kindle book I bought is '9th Judgement' by James Patterson, which is one of his Women's Murder Club books. I know, I know, it's not the most recent's not even the first one in the series! But being the stingy thing that I am, it was the cheapest James Patterson book that I could find, and from what I understand they don't really have to be read in order anyway (I hasten to add, it'll be my first venture into the Women's Murder Club, although I've read other stuff by James Patterson before).

This is my weekly Book Beginnings On Friday post, a great meme which is hosted at A Few More Pages. To participate, share the opening line of whatever you're reading, and if you wish share your opinion of that beginning. Now I love James Patterson's books, and can usually rely on them for one hell of an opening. Let's see if this one fits the bill:

"Sarah Wells stood on the roof of the carport and snaked her gloved hand through the hole she'd cut in the glass."

Well, this opening sentence is definitely intriguing, although it's not a real shocker. Nevertheless, any story that starts with a skilled breaking and entering scene fills me with plenty of hope and expectation about what's to come. It does make me wonder where she's trying to break into, and why...and in any case, having a female breaking and entering is unusual enough to get me interested! This sentence alone isn't immediately gripping, but I assure you it gets better - by the end of the first chapter (which, true to James Patterson's form is short at only three and a half pages long) my heart was racing, I found myself holding my breath, and I was hooked! Now, please excuse me as I escape to carry on reading.....


  1. I think it sounds like an exciting read....thanks for sharing.


  2. She's definitely up to no good. That's for sure!

    Great opening!

    Here's mine:

  3. I've never read a James Patterson book. I keep saying I'll get around to it one day but I might have to bump him up the list after reading this beginning! It's certainly a goodie!

  4. James Patterson books and I have a love-hate relationship, but I could read this one. I immediately thought she was breaking into a car and wanted to know why.

    (I do the stingy 'pick the cheaper one of the bunch' thing too.)

  5. I never thought of trying James Patterson's older books on my Kindle. He has a new one. It's caught my attention. Can't think of the title at the moment. Enjoy your book whether in or out of order. It's a beginning.:)

  6. I also have something of a love/hate thing going on with James Patterson and his books.

    Some of the earlier titles which he appears to have written alone are quite good, but I have a real problem with most of his later stuff, which always seems to have a co-author.

    Given the rate that these books are being churned out, we see a new one almost every month in the UK, I wonder just who is doing the lion's share of the work!!

    Some of the story lines are a bit on the weak side, but if you take them for what they are, a rollicking good easy read to fill a few hours, then I guess they are value for money.

    I loved those first lines and would definitely have to keep reading on, just to find out what she is up to. I would assume that it is nothing good, but with Patterson there are usually some unexpected twists, so who knows?


  7. Congratulations on getting a Kindle. My husband, a former librarian, and I would like to do so; we've just been a little (OK, a lot!) slackardly when it comes to transitioning from books to bytes. :)

    P.S. I'm a new follower who found you through Marlena Cassidy's blog.

  8. Thank you for all your comments - I thought James Patterson was universally popular, I had no idea there were so many people who don't like him as much as I do!

    I agree that he does seem to churn them out at an alarming rate, and it does lead me to question the quality of some of them...I am very choosy (is that a word?!) about which of his books I read and which I don't, as I don't want to pick one of his rubbish ones and lose the magic!

    However, so far I'm about a third to halfway into the book and I haven't been disappointed. I'm really enjoying it, it has mystery and twists galore, and based on what I've read so far I'd recommend it, even to those of you who aren't so sure!

    Welcome, Michelle! I'm pleased you found us :) I hope you enjoy what you read! I was loathe to make the transition, but with the growth of this blog I decided it was a necessity...and I'm actually thoroughly enjoying it! Go get yourself a Kindle, as long as you enjoy reading then I'm sure you'll like it :)


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