Do You Want to Read More?

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. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? John Allerton sucked in another painful breath and struggled not to cough it out. Tom Abrahams, Unprepared (The Scourge Book 1) Harvey Watson didn’t want to admit it, but he was lost. Ryan Casey, Outbreak: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Thriller  I had my recurring dream last night. Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower Alex Hawk looked from one corner of his basement to the other. Shawn Inmon, A Door Into Time: An Alex Hawk Time Travel Adventure Let’s start with the end of the world, why don’t we? N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1) It feels like we’re running away… S. M. Anderson, A Bright Shore (The Eden Chronicles Book 1) I sometimes wonder what was disappeared first—among all the things that have vanished from the island. […]

Top Ten Science Fiction Novels I Love to Re-Read

Since I’m in a mild panic busy studying for my Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) certification, I decided I’d share a list of the top ten science fiction novels I love to re-read. I am deliberately excluding pure fantasy from this list.  Now, making this list was not easy.  There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of books to choose from.  Yes, I’ve read a lot of science fiction. Trying to narrow the list down to ten I learned a couple of things.  I’ve read a lot of what is considered classic science fiction, but there’s an awful lot that I’ve not read.  I’ve read many of the Nebula and Hugo award winners, but not nearly all of them.  And there are books that I like for specific reasons such as I love the characters, or the world, or the emotional feel of the book.  However, when push came to shove, some of the books are on my list because they spoke to me.  Sometimes, when I’m not burning a hole in my brain otherwise occupied, I may write lists of books with great characters, books with worlds and settings that felt real to me, or books that gave me […]