Opening Lines – Dead Gone

Head & Shoulders used to tell us that, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That’s true for wearing dark shirts, and it’s especially true for books. Sometimes the characters will hook the reader, sometimes the premise, sometimes it’s just knowing the author — but nothing beats a great opening for getting a reader to commit. This is one of the better openings I’ve read recently. Would it make you commit?

She hadn’t been afraid of the dark.

Not before.

Not before it entered her life without her knowing, enveloping her like a second skin, becoming a part of her.

She hadn’t been claustrophobic, petrified the walls were closing in around her. Crushed to death without knowing they’d even moved. Not scared of things that crawled around her toes. Wasn’t afraid to sit alone in a darkened room and wonder if something was touching her face, or if it was just her imagination.

Nope. She wasn’t scared before.

She was now.

It took time to become afraid of those things, and time was all she had, stretching out in front of her without end.

She blamed herself. Blamed her friends. Blamed him. She shouldn’t be there, and someone was to blame for that.

Had to be.

from Dead Gone by Luca Veste

This tells you so much about the victim, her life and what’s about to happen to her (and who’s behind what’s about to happen) — such a good opening.

January 2017 Report

So, here’s what happened here in January — on the one hand, it seems like barely any time has gone by, and I know I have a low book count for the month (I’ve been very busy, apparently) — yet, I can’t believe I’ve read some of these great books already this year.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee Mostly Human Night School
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Hunger Makes the Wolf Cry Wolf (Audiobook) God's Word Alone
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Shadowed Souls Martians Abroad Once Broken Faith
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
Souls to the Polls Hunting Ground (Audiobook) Say Nothing
3 Stars 4 Stars (still deciding)
The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey Rivers of London: Night Witch The Innocent (Audiobook)
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Reacher Said Nothing Chameleon Storm Clouds Gathering
5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

December 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in December (more about 2016 to come this week).

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Today Will Be Different What You Break The Pursuit
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Avalon Dreams Dead Down East Sons in the Son
3 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
The Informationist Talking as Fast as I Can October 32
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
A Strange Chemistry Practice Makes Perfect Follow the Dotted Line
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
War Psalms of the Prince of Peace Staked (Audiobook) Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Plushinomicon To Kill a Shadow Scrappy Little Nobody
3 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
Sovereign’s Wake Moon Called Oasis in the Clouds
2 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Gift-Knight’s Quest Blood Bound Tricky Twenty-Two
2 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars

Still Reading:

Openness Unhindered The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

November 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in November, 2016.

Wait, what? It’s December?!?!

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Audiobook) The Lost Child of Lychford The Last Star
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Washed Hands Trapped Audiobook The Chemist
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 Stars
The Hanging Tree The Patriots of Mars Every Heart a Doorway (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Chapel of Ease All Our Wrong Todays Hunted Audiobook
4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
INVIVO Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord Titanborn
1 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Korian and Lucy, Part II Shattered (Audiobook) Lost in Wonderland
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Bear with Bear            
3 Stars            

Still Reading:

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4 Sons in the Son      

Fewer books than I would’ve thought — and a greater variety in ratings than I’ve used (needed) lately.

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

October 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in October.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God The Purloined Poodle (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
I Was a Bitch The Dispatcher Raining Embers
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Blackbeard's Daughter NYPD Red 2 Venators: Through the Arch
2 1/2 Stars 2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Operation Cure Boredom This Damned Band Midnight Riot (Audiobook)
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Elphie Goes Trick or Treating Curse on the Land Blind Spot (Audiobook)
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 5 Stars
The Operator Tricked Audiobook The Farthest City
4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 Stars
The Breedling and The City in the Garden Good Behavior Scattered Screams
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 2 Stars
The Golden Spider Mutation Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond
4 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Cyber World            
4 Stars            

Still Reading:

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4 Sons in the Son Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord
Reservations The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Audiobook)      

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

September 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in September 2016.

Books/Novellas Read/Listened to/Consumed:

Biblical Authority after Babel The Hidden Oracle The Pursuit
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Ascent The Key to the Coward's Spell
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 3 Stars
Catch & Neutralize Repo Madness The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope Prophet, Priest, and King Children of the Different
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Rise the Dark The Android's Dream The Heart of Henry Quantum
4 Stars 4 Stars 2 Stars
The Failed Fellowship As Wings Unfurl You Are What You Love
5 Stars 3 Stars 1 Star
Housekeeping A Star-Reckoner's Lot The House of Secrets
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
The Rise of Io            
4 Stars            

Still Reading:

Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4 Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts      

Reviews Posted:

(a list that’s too short)

How was your month?

August 2016 Report

So, here’s what happened here in August.

Books/Novellas Read/Listened to/Consumed:

The Essential Trinity Calvin The Phantom Tollbooth
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Meeting of the Mustangs Beyond the Gray Leaf Deep Down
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Corruption of Chastity Forever We Play Lady Cop Makes Trouble
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Full of Briars The Purloined Poodle Off to be the Wizard
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
United as One Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 3
3 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
The Lordship of Christ Time Siege Mechanical Failure
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Shadowed Career of Evil Debt to Pay
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Granite Moth Trampling in the Land of Woe Before the Fall
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
Outfoxed The Twelve Dogs of Christmas The FATOFF Conspiracy
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency            
3.5 Stars            

Still Reading:

Biblical Authority after Babel Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4 The Hidden Oracle

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?