Thursday, March 19, 2009

What Should I Read Next?!



A. Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
B. The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins
C. Streams of Babel by Carol Plum-Ucci
D. Time's Chariot by Ben Jeapes

First Sentences:

A. I let the tips of both my swords dig into the sandy arena floor.
B. When I opened my eyes I knew that nothing in my miserable life prior to that moment could possibly be as bad as what was about to happen.
C. I sat very still, waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive.
D. They had drugged him and now his body twisted lazily as it tumbled through the air.


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7 comments:

Melissa 10:24 AM  

My pick is the Black Book of Secrets, strictly based on the first line of the book :-)

Anonymous,  10:25 AM  

What a difficult choice to make! I think, though, that I will go with B). L

Debi 11:29 AM  

Okay, maybe not the most exciting first sentence, but I'm voting for C. On thoroughly selfish grounds...I just got this one out from the library and I want to hear what you think about it. :)

Kailana 11:34 AM  

I would go with B. Mainly because I like the cover and the first sentence. I don't really know anything else about any of the books...

JessicaLeigh 1:03 PM  

I'm going with B. :)

Ben 2:44 PM  

I would go with D, but then I wrote it so what do I know ...

MJ 3:32 PM  

I'd pick B because of the first sentence. (Sorry, Ben!)

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