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The January First Sentence Thread

Hello, Greetings and a Very Happy New Year!
Time to open up the first First Sentence Thread of 2018, with my thanks to all who participate month by month.
Please continue to record the first sentences of the books you read to compare and contrast how authors grab our attention - or not . . . .

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Hello, Greetings and a Very Happy New Year!
Time to open up the first First Sentence Thread of 2018, with my thanks to all who participate month by month.
Please continue to record the first sentences of the books you read to compare and contrast how authors grab our attention - or not . . . .
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reflected, and mystery were two invisible chains which seemed to link all his fellow pilgrims as they wandered down the old Roman road towards Canterbury.

from the prologue to The Midnight Man by Paul Doherty

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14597840/

Thank you Nu-Knees!
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From the first/title story in the collection, Christmas at Thompson Hall and other Trollopian Holiday Tales by Anthony Trollope
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and sort it into the appropriate pigeonholes.
From The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond
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The book is The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward.
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saw my mother bending over me.

Startling Moon by Liu Hong
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if it ever did - began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

- IT by Stephen King -
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Mr Sloan,

I warned you I am a stubborn old man.

To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey
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teetering along on mile-high heels, a fascinator bobbing in her hair like an exotic bird of paradise, she knew she'd got it wrong.
From From Italy with Love by Jules Wake
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is something beautiful.

- Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller -
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wreath hanging on the Kincaids' front door, Lucy Maddox hesitated at the wrought-iron gate separating her property from the neighbors'.

A Stitch in Time, by Stephanie Grace Whitson, the first of three stories in the omnibus A Basket Brigade Christmas.
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From Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury
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From From Rome with Love by Jules Wake
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over a deep hole shoveled in the ground.
From Last Days in Hunting Camp by Eowyn Ivey
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A Pinch of Love, by Judith Miller, the second of three stories in the omnibus A Basket Brigade Christmas.
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Endless Melody, by Nancy Moser, the last of three stories in the omnibus A Basket Brigade Christmas.
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so that it was impossible to know how many animals there were, for each was using the same tracks as the one in front.
From Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian
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and another on her forehead.
From Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire
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from the corner of his eye, just as Doyle, his air mechanic, spun the prop.

Taken from the prologue of Death on the Ice by Robert Ryan
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From City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg
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at the Dupayne Museum, Adam Dalgliesh visited the museum for the first time.

The Murder Room by P.D. James.
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The First Kiss of Spring, by Emily March.
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The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe.
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From The Chateau of Briis: A Lesson in Love by Alison Weir
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flap of paper wings as the first book fell from it's shelf.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
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the alley that runs between O'Brien's Quality Meats and Kennedy's Shoe Repairs and Key Cutting - there isn't that much to see at first.
From The People Next Door by Roisin Meaney
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From The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
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a fire raged through the woods just outside her father's compound.

From Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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The book is Naive Super by Erlend Loe.
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From The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh
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you climb the steep path leading up from the little wooden bridge still referred to around here as 'the Bridge of Hesitation', you will not have to walk far before the roof of my house becomes visible between the tops of two gingko trees.
From "An artist of the floating world" by Kazuo Ishiguro.
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cried a sequence of voices, at first dim and muffled far aft on the flagship's maindeck, then growing louder and more distinct as the call wafted up to the quarterdeck and so along the gangway to the forecastle, where Captain Aubrey stood by the starboard thirty-two-pounder carronade contemplating the Emperor of Morocco's purple galley as it lay off Jumper's Bastion with the vast grey and tawny Rock of Gibraltar soaring behind it, while Mr Blake, once a puny member of his midshipman's berth but now a tall, stout lieutenant almost as massive as his former captain, explained the new carriage he had invented, a carriage that should enable carronades to fire twice as fast, with no fear of oversetting, twice as far, and with perfect accuracy, thus virtually putting an end to war.

from The Far Side Of The World by Patrick O'Brian
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Not keen on full stops, is he? :-)


No, and I love it!
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From New Beginnings by Fern Britton
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So do I!

They didn't have any and she was offered honey instead! Not the same . . . . no wonder she was sulking . . . .
But I'm a Bovril girl myself :-)
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From White Cargo by Felicity Kendal
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began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment.

From News of the World by Paulette Jiles
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The Chimney Sweepers Boy by Barbara Vine.
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component of what is now the Northern Line was officially opened.

from The Tube by Mike Horne and Bob Bayman

Thanks to 4evagreen for this.
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From The Queene's Cure by Karen Harper, with thanks to Deltic!
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lies half a mile from the sea on the right or west bank of the Fleet stream.

From Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner
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From Christmas at the Grange by T E Kinsey
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From Christmas on the Coast by Rebecca Boxall
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Elizabeth Middleton Bonner, sweat-soaked, naked, and adrift in burning pain, wondered if she might just die of the heat.
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was only a perfect landing at Tan Son Nhut. The book is Of Rice And Men by Richard Galli.
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From the prologue of Brand New Friend by Mike Gayle.
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From A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsey
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as we wrestle Hercules from his plinth, sweating fingers slipping on the capital's volutes (I remembered, Ma, I remembered) made slimy by moss.
From Altered Land by Jules Hardy
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Macit had warned Sabiha that he would be late coming home, his good manners made him uneasy when he realized it was already past eight o'clock.
From Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
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From Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
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From I Am Potential: Eight Lessons on Living, Loving, and Reaching Your Dreams by Patrick Henry Hughes
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From The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
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The Rancher's Baby, by Maisey Yates.
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through the mists, and we are tranquil together."

Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
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From Death Comes to Lynchester Close by David Dickinson
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From Featherstone by Kirsty Gunn
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From The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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allowing for exceptions.

The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark.
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From Death of an Elgin Marble by David Dickinson
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- The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin -
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From Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
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alone to the Blake home after going for a walk in the woods along Cherry Lane. The book is The Sweater Letter by Dave Distel with Lynn Distel.
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"I'm a Mexican-I was born in Mexico, I grew up there."
From Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
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From Once Upon a Time Travel by Sariah Wilson
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from Death Comes TomThe Ballet Russes by David Dickinson

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