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First Line Friday, Friday 56, Book Blogger Hop

Fridays are about sharing the first sentence(s) of a current book I'm reading and a snippet from page 56 or 56% on e-reader from the same book. Fun, right? And I'm joining the BBH (Blogger Hop) to answer this week's prompt. As always, everyone is welcome - hope to see you there and sharing first sentences.......

Today's Book is:

Currently Reading:

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Genre: Fantasy

Published Sept. 2022; 602 pages

BTW - I love this cover! At first look I keep thinking it looks like a big dragon eyeball. LOL

** Note: there is some swearing but not excessively.

A seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for their world or ours. Written in King's typically readable style, this is a conglomeration of many fairytales into a massively

entertaining new one.

First Sentence(s):

"I'm sure I can tell this story. I'm also sure no one will believe it. That's fine with me. Telling it will be enough."

Page 56 or about 56% on Kindle:

page 57: ""He's not a serial killer and the house isn't creepy." That was true. It was the shed that was creepy. That weird scuttering sound had been creepy. And Radar [the dog]: she knew that sound had been creepy too."

Then I went to about 56% of the story, page 301's Stephen King and there are LOTS of pages: "Jenny caught up with me after class. "Hey Reade. Are you afraid of big words?" I said I was not. I said if I couldn't figure a word out from the story, I looked it up on my phone. That seemed to please her.

"Read this," she said, and handed me a battered paperback held together with scotch tape. "See if it scares you. Because it scared the living shit out of me."

That book was The Call of Cthulhu, and the stories in it scared me plenty, especially one called "The Rats in the Walls." There were also lots of big words to look up, like tenebrous and malodorous. We bonded over horror, because we were the only sixth graders who were willing to wad through the thickets of Lovecraft's prose."

Today's Question: Do you have a favorite reading nook?

No. I read anywhere and everywhere. I don't even particularly need it to be quiet. Just a seat, any kind of seat, and a book.

Book Beginnings (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Rose City Reader

First Sentence Friday (share the first sentence(s) hosted by Reading Is My Superpower

Friday 56 (share a blurb from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted by Freda's Voice

Book Blogger Hop (BBH) asks a question of general interest or discussion hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

Hope you'll join in one or all of these fun memes and take a minute to visit the other participants. I'm surprised how many times a first sentence can send me looking for a book.

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