Will You Celebrate Pride Month with These First Lines?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Will you celebrate Pride Month with these first lines? First Lines As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1) Becky Chambers The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey.  The Priory of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon Busting up a casino has never been at the top of Oriol Sina’s bucket list, but here he is, standing in the middle of the Dorothy Queen dressed for trouble in a suit he’d much rather be admiring on another man. Double Edged (The Bulari Saga Book 1) Jessie Kwak Outbreaks of magic started all kinds of ways. The Fever King (Feverwake Book 1) Victoria Lee Behind the clouds of the new monsoon, the ancient mainframe Chang rolls too fast across […]

Story Time Reviews “Lost Girls” by Jane Yolen

Story Time Reviews is a blog series that offers reviews of stories both read and read aloud. Today Story Time Reviews “The Lost Girls” by Jane Yolen is a 1999 winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novelette and a retelling of Peter Pan—with a twist. It originally appeared in the short story collection titled, Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast. I read it in the short story collection, Sister Emily’s Lightship and Other Stories. The Story In this story, Peter Pan has spent years since the original Wendy recruiting more and young girls. These girls are then pressed into a life of service to Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in Neverland. They serve the boys food and do all the cleaning while the boys get to fight the pirates. And life in Neverland would have continued this way forever, but Peter recruited Darla. And Darla teaches the Wendy’s they can demand equality. The Author Do I really need to tell you who Jane Yolen is? If you’re not into children’s books or Science Fiction and Fantasy, probably no. For the rest of you, here’s a brief summary of who Jane Yolen is. Born on February 11, 1939 in New […]

From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday

The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? The black silhouette of a vulture circles overhead, its large dark shape contrasting with the bright afternoon sky. The Outlands by Tyler Edwards Prologue-About to Catch Fire Phillip Chestnut didn’t understand why things had started to go sideways. Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes So you’re the person responsible for the death of the number one,” the burly man in a security uniform tells me.  All the Whys of Delilah’s Demise by Neve Maslakovic When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half the window. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The swallows skipped like flat stones across the surface of the infinity pool, their wings spread, and a lone woman in a gauzy beach coverup—what she might have called a kaftan if that word didn’t sound so matronly—watched […]