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
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.
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.