Book Beginnings on Fridays & The Friday 56

I am enamored of books and want to blog more about them, so what better way to get started than to jump right in, I found a thorough list of memes for book blogs. It being Friday I decided to start out with Book Beginnings and Friday 56. Book Beginnings on Fridays was started by Rose City Reader and it consists of sharing the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section making sure to include the title and author. The blog I found this tidbit on also suggests making note of your first impression based on that first line and whether or not you did or did not like the sentence.

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1st line from Bloodlust: Conversations with real Vampires by Carol Page (1991):

The average American child doesn’t get very far in life without meeting a vampire.

Thoughts-I think of fun cartoon vampires presented in animated form,as toys and on cereal boxes  but then I remember what a vampire is in essence, a predatory parasitic being, it grows darker the more I reflect upon that first sentence. I did not like the first sentence because children are not the focus of this book which deals with mature subject matter. I do suppose however that I  get why she included it, to show that vampires are a very popular staple of  mass media that Americans are introduced to from an early age .

1st line from Cannibal: The True Story Behind the Maneater of Rotenburg by Lois Jones (2005):

The sun shone down on the half-timbered farmhouse , nestling in the rolling hills of central Germany.

Thoughts- The idyllic and lush green setting as the opening line in no way belies the dark and gruesome truths which are to be unearthed further in the book. If you didn’t know the “meat” of this story, you could easily be reading a fairy tale’s first sentence. I like the first sentence for the false sense of scenic safety it lulls you in with.

Friday 56 is another book meme, this one sponsored by Freda’s voice  where you pick  any book and turn to page 56 and share a sentence that grabs you. I found these bookish memes explained at My Reader’s Block blog.

From page 56 of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present  by Robin R. Means Coleman (2011) :  Blacks found themselves forever associated with Voodoo, black magic sorcery , and zombies , in the horror genre.

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