First Line Friday {9/13/2019}

Welcome to a Friday the 13th edition of First Line Friday! It’s pretty much been business as usual this week, although on Monday I did get to have coffee with a friend who I don’t see often, so it started very well! My reading is trying to get out of hand, as I’ve now got seven books on my “currently reading” list when I usually have only three or four.

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Since today is a Friday the 13th (insert spooky sound effects here. Then insert an eye roll and disbelieving sigh), I’ve decided to share the first line of the Neil Gaiman book I’m reading: Neverwhere. As mentioned in my recent library haul/mailbox Monday post, I do not usually read the kind of books that Gaiman writes. However, I have heard so much about his writing that I’ve decided to try one. Admittedly, part of the reason I chose this specific book is because it is shorter than most. Still, I am already astounded by the world-building and all around fantastic writing in Neverwhere. I’m not sure how I feel about the story yet, and I do not like how few key details I have at the moment, but I’m not very far in yet. Here’s the first line of the prologue:

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The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.

And, because I personally think it adds to the intrigue, here is the first line of the first chapter:

She had been running for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels.

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman coverTitle: Neverwhere

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy, Urban/Suspense

Original Publication Date: September 16, 1996

Synopsis (From Goodreads): Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks of reality into a world of shadows and darkness—the Neverwhere. If he is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it

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First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!

What are you reading this week? Have you read any of Gaiman’s work?

Until the next chapter,



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  1. I’ve not read Neil Gaiman myself but I know the name :).

    I’m sharing the first line from One Final Breath at my blog but right now I’m reading WayFarer by Janalyn Voigt, so I’ll share that line first line with you. An indrawn breath alerted Kai.

    Happy Friday.

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon: It’s such a good book. Currently, I am reading book 2 in the series, All of You, so I will share a line from there.

    “England, 1944
    The gangplank bounced under the weight of passengers disembarking the large transatlantic liner — a veritable Goliath to the small David-like tugboats dotting the harbor.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading!

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  3. On my blog today, I am featuring a nonfiction, Leveling the Praying Field by Donna L. Barrett. Since it’s my current read, I will share the first line in Chapter 4 here: When circumstances turn out the way a person asked in prayer, they’ll often say, “Prayer works.” Think of prayer as a telephone, a communication device. What really matters is who is on the other end of the line.

    I hope you will have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Happy Friday! Today on my blog I shared the first line from Shades of Light by Sharon Garlough Brown but I’m currently reading My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt so I’ll share the first line from chapter 7 here: “Like a rent in fabric formerly whole, the wake of her vater’s absence yawned wide and gaping.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Heather Day Gilbert on my blog today, so here is another line from the first page:

    “I cozied up on my blue couch, setting my warm mug of Arabica coffee on the low table in front of me.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. My first line is from The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

    May 1900 Washington D.C.
    Annabelle Larkin hadn’t meant to offend the world’s leading spice tycoon with her bold request, yet it seemed she had.

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