Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Chapter -- First Paragraph -- Tuesday Intros

Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter, First Paragraph, Tuesday Intros. This week's intro is from A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres:

The journey up the coastline was choppy, the shrimp trawler too far out to get a good look at the muddy shore. While other passengers rested fitfully in sleeping backs spread out on the deck or in the berths below, fifteen-year-old Tommy Bogue gripped the slick railing, bracing himself against the waves. He'd already puked twice, but was determined not to miss a beat of this adventure. The constellation soared overhead, clearer than he'd ever seen them. He wiped salt spray away from his eyes with an impatient hand and squinted at the horizon. He was still boy enough to imagine a pirate galleon looming towards them, the Jolly Roger flapping in the Caribbean breeze.

This was his first sea journey. His first trip outside the United States. He squinted at South America as it blurred by, vague and mysterious, imagining the creatures that roamed there.


  1. I would continue reading this simply because I am so drawn to the sea and am curious about this journey.

  2. I really liked this book! I'll be interested to see what you have to say about it!

  3. What a great beginning. I especially love that last sentence.