Friday Firsts : Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Adventures of Owl #3) by Kristi Charish

FridayFirsts
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 : Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Adventures of Owl #3) by Kristi Charish

owlHave you ever had a deep-seated feeling that the world is out to get you?

And I don’t mean for doing something where you might actually deserve it: I mean the kind that happens despite your best intentions to be a good person, turn over a new leaf, and potentially make up for a possible – though clearly not intentional – slight you may have done others…

And even though you may be doing your damnedest to fix things, including crossing the globe twice in the last month, you could feel that the universe still decided it was going to tell you that you could royally fuck off?

You know, that kind of “out to get you” feeling?

Because from this side of the backpacker hostel picnic table, sitting across from my Nepal contact, Dev, that was pretty much the vibe I was getting.  To be honest, it was the vibe I’d been getting all month, like gum getting tangled in your hair.

My First Impressions

I think that beginning is a perfect start for the book and a great reflection of the series as well.  You can tell already, even from those first few lines, that things are going to go horribly wrong.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

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

Friday Firsts: The White Road by Sarah Lotz

FridayFirsts
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 : The White Road by Sarah Lotz.

whiteroadHi T.

No easy way to say this, but I’m going back to Tibet.  Yeah.  Back to the mountain, though I swore I never would, remember?  Leave for Heathrow in 5.  How’s that for casually dropping a bombshell?  I’ve tried everything else, T, and going back is the only way.  Got to the point where it’s this or a padded cell.

If I don’t make it home, there’s a dropbox file you should check out.  Sounds ominous, I know, like I’ve gone full B-movie: If you’re reading this then I’m already dead…. Password is ‘fingersinyrheart06’.  Anyway, read it.  Or not.  Up to you.  Do whatever you want with it.  Just needed to tell the truth.  Put the record straight, you know?

Farewell and adieu, mate.

Aka

So long, and thanks for all the fish.  Si

 

My First Impressions

Wow, what an excellent start.  Yes, I was anxious to read on.  I’ve read Sarah Lotz before and she’s very good.  This book just really appealed to me and the start really struck a chord.  I like books that start like this I must admit.  And, yes, I’ve read on – I can barely put this down and even when I do it’s still on my mind.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

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

Friday Firsts : The Moonlight War by SKS Perry

FridayFirsts
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 : The Moonlight War by SKS Perry (one of my SPFBO books).

moonlight warTasha eyed the stone causeway that connected the mainland to the city of Vietor.  Night was fast approaching.  The street lamps were lit and the watch would soon shut the city gates for the evening.  He bent forward and vigorously brushed the sand from his long, matted hair, then wiped the grit from his eyes with the tattered sleeve of his robe.  A month in the wastelands had left him with sand in places it had no right to be.  With luck he had enough money for a room and a bath, and maybe a new pair of boots, but first he had to make the city.  Maybe five minutes to cross the bridge, another five to the city gates; he could just make it if he hurried.

He was less than halfway across when he saw the soldiers make their way onto the causeway.  A mounted warrior, a Daesho in red lacquered armour, led a line of spearmen spread out across the width of the crossing, arms at the ready as they advanced.  A palanquin and its bearers trailed behind, a minor lord, if the only twenty or so retainers were any indication.

Tasha knew he should retreat.  Just turn around and clear the bridge until after the procession had passed.  The arrogant bastards meant to clear the way, allowing no one to pass until they’d made the far side.

What was one more night spent out of doors?  He closed his eyes and shuddered at the thought of the thin sleeping roll slung at his hip.  There was still one last bit of dried horsemeat left in his food pouch.  He could make do.

My First Impressions

But, does he want to ‘make do’?  That is the question.  I thought this was a good opening and I was keen to find out more about Tasha and what action he would take.  What do you think – did he turn back? Or not??

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

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

Friday Firsts : Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele.

FridayFirsts
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 : Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele.

avengersIt was an age of miracles.  It was an era of wonder.  It was a time of new frontiers.

In the twenty-first century, humankind gradually came to the realisation that its home world – crust depleted of nearly all usable resources, ice caps melted and coastal cities flooded skies tinted a sickly reddish-orange hue at sunset from overdepenence upon fossil fuels – could no longer support everyone, and therefore long-term survival lay in the colonisations of space.  Because the stars were too far away (at least for the time being) this left the other worlds of the solar system as the only places to go.

 

Gradually, tentatively, with small and reluctant baby steps that soon became a confident pace and finally a headlong sprint, the human race left Earth and went out in the void, exploring worlds previously visited only by unmanned rovers and flyby probes, transforming them into humanity’s new home.

My First Impressions

I confess that as I started reading the first few chapters I couldn’t help but imagine that  voice over that used to accompany sci fi series from way back when.  “space, the final frontier, to boldly go where no man has gone before”- that sort of voice over.  So, yes, I’m loving the retro feel of this and I’m looking forward to reading on.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

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

Friday Firsts: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

FridayFirsts
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 : Path of Flames by Phil Tucker.

pathof
The wind plucked at Lord Kyferin’s war banner, causing the black wolf emblazoned on the field of white to snap fitfully as if impatient with the delay.  Asho shivered at the sight despite the quilted undercoat that he wore beneath his chainmail, and sat up straighter in Crook’s saddle.  For years he had only seen the war banner hanging above his Lord’s high chair in the great hall, limp and still, but now it rippled and surged as if awakened and thirsting for blood.  It was his first time riding into war with the Black Wolves.  Even though he was at the back of the company with the other squires, he felt as vividly alive and terrified as if he were positioned in the vanguard.

Asho raised his chin.  He’d die before he let the others see his fear.

“Asho!” Lord Kyferin’s bellow carried over the cacophony of the great army arrayed around them.  “Where are you hiding?  Get up here, now!”

Out of the corner of his eye he saw Alardus and Cuncz smirk, could feel the cold stares from Cune and Tyzce.  A squire he might be, but the others saw only his white hair and pale skin, the tell-tale signs of a Bythian.  That he was free and rode by their side was an outrage they would never forgive.

My First Impressions

I think this gets off to a very good start – and having read further on I confess that my first impression in that respect was spot on.  Clearly, peace has reigned for a few years by the sound of it.  What changed?  And Asho, I’m very curious about him and the way he is treated.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

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