Friday Firsts: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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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 week I’m reading The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

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The steam rising off the backs of the cantering horses faded into the morning fog.  Our chariot raced toward the far end of the Forgotten Vale and Maelgwyn Ironhand – my chariot, constant companion, and frequent adversary – pulled back on the reins.

“No!” I shouted.  “Faster! Make them run faster!”

Mael didn’t bother to spare a glance over his shoulder at me.  He knew any argument would be futile.  Instead he gave the ponies their head and let them run.  We flew over the ground like ravens diving over a battlefield.  The horses snorted and strained, hooves drumming the grassy track and sending mist billowing in our wake.

I stood behind Mael with a spear gripped tight in my right fist and my feet braced against the swaying motion of the chariot’s suspended deck.  The wind screeched in my ears, and the ground was a blur beneath our wheels.  We’d never gone so fast before, and my heart hammered in my chest.  I shifted and moved past Mael, stepping out in front of the chariot’s platform to balance on the square-sided draft pole that ran between the two horses.

“Fallon – be careful!” Mael called as one of my feet slipped on the wood.

 

My First Impressions

Well – that got off to a quick start, literally it exploded right off the page.  I can’t wait to dig further into this one.  It promises to be a great read and I’ve already read good reviews.

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.

Friday Firsts: The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

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 week I’m reading  The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer.

blackwolvesJoshua really thought it would be easier to catch a rabbit; he was a werewolf, after all.  The stupid things, though could turn on a dime and kept zigging when his body kept zagging.

And then there were the trees.

He hit, yet another oak tree, this one only about four inches wide, but enough to knock him down and nearly knock him out when he hit it.  Acorns rained down on him.  It felt like the oak tree was laughing at him.

“Stupid tree.”  He kicked it while still lying flat on his back.

There was a loud crack and it toppled slowly away from him.

Joshua groaned and slapped his hands over his eyes.  He was doing this at night so no one would see him or know what he’d done.  People might not notice if half the trees in the Back Bay Fens Park had face impressions but they weren’t going to miss a downed tree.

My First Impressions

Well, I think those first few sentences clearly give the impression that Joshua is a new wolf and isn’t coping well at coming to grips with everything.  I think it also manages to inject some levity into the book and give the impression that though this could be serious in parts it will also be tempered with humour.  I’m really enjoying this so far to be honest.  There’s plenty going on and the urban fantasy elements are really good.

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.

Friday Firsts: Department Zero by Paul Crilley

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 week I’m reading  Department Zero by Paul Crilley

department-zero‘The polite term for what I do for a living is “biohazard remediation.”

That’s what I say in anyone asks me at a dinner party.  Not that I’m ever invited to dinner parties.  (Megan got custody of all the friends in the divorce.)  But it’s what I’d say if I was invited, and if someone was actually polite enough to approach through the chemical smell of industrial-strength cleaning products that clings to my body.

Another term for what I do is Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination.  Or CTSDecon, if you want to sound cool.

Which, basically, means that I clean up stiffs for a living.

All the stiffs.  No prejudice in my line of work.

Murder? Check.

Suicide? Check

Murder-suicide? Check.

Industrial accidents? Check.

Decomposition after unattended death? Check.

Spontaneous human combustion? Check. (Not that I’ve ever had one of those, but I live in hope.)’

My First Impressions

Well, no messing around there then!  What a great opening, I think I’m going to enjoy this one.

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.

Friday Firsts: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis #RRSciFiMonth

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.  As this month is Sci fi Month 2016 my book today is a science fiction novel that I’ve been wanting to read for some time.  Wolf Road by Beth Lewis:

thewolfroad‘I sat up high, oak branch ‘tween my knees, and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow.  Pictures all over his face, no skin left no more, just ink and blood.  Looking for me, he was.  Always looking for me.  He left red drops in the white, fallen from his fish knife.  Not fish blood though.  Man blood.  Boy blood.  Lad from Tucket lost his scalp to that knife.  Scrap of hair and pink hung from the man’s belt.  That was dripping too, hot and fresh.   He’d left the body in the thicket for the wolves to find.

I blew smoky breath into my hands.

‘You’re a long way from home, Kreager,’ I called down.

The trees took my voice and scattered it to pieces.  Winter made skeletons of the forest, see, made camouflage tricky ‘less you know what you’re doing, and I know exactly what I’m doing.  He weren’t going to find no tracks nor footprints nowhere in this forest what weren’t his, I know better’n that.  Kreager looked all around, up high and ‘neath brushes, but I’ve always been good at hiding.’

My First Impressions

Wow – this doesn’t mess around does it.  What a great start, I’m totally fascinated to know what’s going on here.  This Kreager sounds a real place of work – I’d be hiding in the trees too I think.  Can’t wait to carry on.

What are you reading right now? Did it start out strong? Feel free to join in.

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Friday Firsts: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff #RRSciFiMonth

 

 

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illuminaeFriday 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.  As this month is Sci fi Month 2016 my book today is a science fiction novel that I’ve been wanting to read for some time.  Illuminae by Amie Kaurman and Jay Kristoff

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My First Impressions

Well, it appears that Illuminae is going to be told in the epistolary style – which I love – think Bram Stoker’s Dracula or The Three by Sarah Lotz as two fine examples.  From reading the start of this email it appears that some sort of corporate secret/conspiracy is being uncovered *wiggles eyebrows*.  As to who is doing the revealing or why remains to be seen – from the memo above I’m thinking we’re going to find out the answers to those two key questions and perhaps experience a little of the danger that they went through to uncover this ‘dirt’!

What are you reading right now? Did it start out strong? Feel free to join in.

 

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