Friday Firsts: The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This Friday I’m reading, well, like last week, a couple of books but I’ve gone with Heart of Stone by Ben Galley.  Check it out:

Hos Final XS-1‘Keep still!’ a voice demanded.  ‘Keep still or it will take root in the wrong place, mercy me!’

He remained motionless as the soft hands dug inside his mouth; checking, shuffling, fixing.  His face felt so wide, so open.  He could feel his body tingling, as though he wore the dying embers of a fire.


He felt the fingers crawl back to his chin and cheeks.  Always touching.

Bite down, and slowly mind!’

His jaw did the work for him, clicking back into place under the guiding hands; teeth crunching, finding their nests.  The tongue began to burn in the pit of his mouth.

There came a clanking as the room swivelled about him.  Something tugged at him without touching, pulling at every corner of his body.  He felt heavier than a mountain.

‘It is time to open your eyes, my new friend!’

My First Impressions

I am absolutely intrigued by this start.  It makes you want to read on doesn’t it?  I can’t help but have at the back of my mind Frankenstein and his monster – don’t ask me why but just a feel of new creations.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

12 Responses to “Friday Firsts: The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley”

  1. Anindita@A Bohemian Mind at Work

    One of the best I have read this year. Glad you are enjoying it too :).

    • @lynnsbooks

      Excellent – I’m a third in and really enjoying it.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    Ok this sounds WEIRD. I’m dying to read your review!

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    As far as beginnings go, this one is very compelling, indeed! 🙂

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I can’t wait to read this one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m enjoying it so far. Reading this and Collapsing Empire – both good.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Danya @ Fine Print

    I see what you mean about the Frankenstein’s monster vibes! Excited to hear your thoughts on this one, Lynn. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve just finished. Very good and the monster vibe definitely does run through this one. Review to follow soon.

  6. Bookasaurus Blog

    Hearing lots of good things about Ben Galley, hope you like it!

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