Thursday, August 26, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

This week's beginning is from Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang (won on Becky's blog -- thanks again!):

By dawn at least half the members of the Kelly gang were badly wounded and it was then the creature appeared from behind police lines.

It seems like this is the end rather than the beginning of the story, but there is an element of suspense (what is the creature?).  I know very little about Ned Kelly, other than he was an infamous Australian outlaw, so I'm looking forward to reading further.


  1. Enjoy your book. My beginning is from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

  2. That is a suspenseful sentence! I have never heard of Ned Kelly! This has intrigued me though. I may have to check out the book!
    You can check out my book beginning here

  3. My opening line this week is the same - it feels like it's the end not the beginning.

    Hope you're enjoying reading more of the Kelly gang.

  4. Beginnings that sound like endings certainly can add great suspense - you just can't wait to find out how the story got to that point. That TV series 'Damages' is an extreme example of that style that I love.

  5. I'm not officially participating in Becky's meme this week (although she's a friend and fellow Australian book blogger), but I just thought I'd drop by and say hi anyway.

    Very impressed to see you reading Aus lit!

  6. Wonderful opening lines.. A book to check out!

    Here is my post!

  7. I don't know that any other country has an outlaw quite like Ned Kelly, complete with his distinctive suit of armour.

  8. The suspense certainly invites the reader to plunge right in!


    Here's mine:

  9. That's a great opening line! Sometimes I'm disappointed when a book starts with the end, or a point near it, but sometimes it works very well. Hope this one turns out to be one of the good ones! Here's my BB.

  10. I'm so glad you are reading it! That is the end - it starts at the end and then goes back in time to explore how they got there. I love it - Peter Carey is an awesome writer


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