I couldn't sleep last night, so I ended up reading a large chunk of Mexican Gothic, and omg it is so good! Great gothic elements, and the witty conversations are very Austenesque. I can't wait to read more of it tonight.
Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.
There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."
For years, my family has mostly been exchanging books at Christmas, in some variations. Well, earlier this fall, I ordered a bunch of random books from my local independents, and then today we decided to draw names! So only a few of these books are now appropriate gifts (one for the person whose name I drew, a couple for my mother). Oh well, the rest for me, I guess!
Hints have been written for the as-yet-unguessed items in my annual First Lines book challenge. And I'll say here that one of the authors is definitely a Buffista fave, though not for what I read this year.
Years ago, I was talking with a co-worker and the subject of what we were reading came up. When I asked him what he was reading, he told me it was old and kind of obscure and I'd probably never heard of it. I pushed and he finally said that he was reading Scaramouche ... and I quoted the opening line to him (which surprised him no end). (It IS one of the great opening lines: "He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad")
I finished the fourth novella in the Murderbot series yesterday and dove right into book five. Murderbot is such a delight! I love spending time in their PoV.
Scaramouche! Great movie too with Stewart Granger, with a famous duel across the back of theater seats.
Yes, indeed. And if I remember correctly, it opened with the line from the book (seriously - when a book hands you a great line, why not use it?).
I pushed and he finally said that he was reading Scaramouche ... and I quoted the opening line to him (which surprised him no end). (It IS one of the great opening lines: "He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad")
That is a good line.
For my challenge this year it was slim pickings as I didn't read as much as I usually do or want to. And not a lot of first lines stood out. A few that did were in even more obscure books than some of those I selected and I do try to pick stuff people might have read or at least heard of. You can find the answers here. I like the Shirley Jackson one. Pretty good for a first novel.