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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Friday Quotes

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading.



Book Title: Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Book Beginnings
BEFORE. The heels of military boots, striking marble floors, made a sound like thrown stones. The old man knew that agents were hunting for him.

Friday 56: 
She stepped forward onto the platform. The sun adored her on all sides. She fanned her hair in the light, drying it further. Longer and somewhat lighter than Elena's, and full of verve. Cornsilk dipped in beeswax. It almost hurt to look at.

My thoughts: This marvelous book was written by the author of Wicked. It is based on Russian fairy tales and folk tales. I am listening to the audiobook and in that format I don't notice all the sentence fragments. The Book Beginning quote introduces the narrator and sets up why the story is told in the first place. The Friday 56 quote shows the difference between the peasant girl, Elena, and the the rich girl on the train. I honestly don't think either quote does the book justice.

21 comments:

  1. I love the description in 56. I tried Maguire years back, but didn't get into it. Maybe I'll give this one a try.

    Hope you can check out my BB/56

    Cheers,
    Page @ Never Enough Shelf Space

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    1. I was told by someone that people either love or hate WICKED. I found it a chore to read. Not so, this book, which is clearly targeted at a younger audience. It is funny and sophisticated, a real delight to read.

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  2. I absolutely love the cover and I really like the sound of both the BB and the F56 because both of them make me want to read more! I will be writing this one down because it sounds amazing! Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. I am pretty impressed that you are reading Dryden. I can't understand a word of the poem.

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  3. I would probably pass on this book, but I do like the quirky cover. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  4. That is a decent start, though I am not ravenously hooked, I would keep reading. I never made it through Wicked, but have wanted to try again for some time. Happy listening then!

    My BB post this week lives here: http://www.bookpunks.com/begins-elysium-jennifer-marie-brissett/

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    1. I know what you mean about not hooking me in either. The constraints of the Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is we have to pick something from pages that aren't necessary the best. The book starts with the narrator who doesn't become part of the story until mid-book. It is confusing.

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  5. The description of the hair is lovely....thanks for sharing and enjoy. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. What a way the author has with descriptions! Mine can be found here... http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

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  7. Sounds interesting, I have never read this author.

    Stormi

    Friday memes

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  8. I bought Maguire's Cinderella book years ago but never got around to reading it. This sounds interesting. I think I'll have to give Maguire another try!

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    1. Well, if this book is any indication of who Cinderella is, be sure to read it.

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  9. I've had my eyes on this for quite some time! Thanks for sharing!

    Check out my 56.

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  10. Beautiful description in both the opening and the 56. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features ROSE’S GIFT.

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  11. I'm not sure about this one. Maybe as an audible it would work better for me. I do like the cover art and the title made me curious.

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/06/the-friday-56-51-the-promise/

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    1. Yes, I am a big fan of audiobooks and this was is spectacular in that format.

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  12. I love the imagery, "full of verve...dipped in beeswax." I have Wicked somewhere on my shelves, but haven't picked it up yet. Have a lovely weekend!

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  13. I love the 56 for the same imagery as the others comments above. The beginning intrigued me too, a slight hint of suspense. Sounds good!
    Happy weekend!

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  14. What a gorgeous cover.

    Love it.

    ENJOY the book.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  15. I love the vivid descriptions. Please check out mine http://lisaksbookthoughts.blogspot.com/

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