Ominous


“From the cab stepped a tall old man. Black raincoat and hat and a battered valise. He paid the driver, then turned and stood motionless, staring at the house. The cab pulled away and rounded the corner of Thirty-sixty Street. Kinderman quickly pulled out to follow. As he turned the corner, he noticed that the tall old man hadn’t moved but was standing under the streetlight glow, in mist, like a melancholy traveler frozen in time.”

The Exorcist (the novel not the flick)

Author-William Peter Blatty

om·i·nous
ˈämənəs/
adjective
1.giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.
“there were ominous dark clouds gathering overhead”

synonyms: threatening, menacing, baleful, forbidding, sinister, inauspicious, unpropitious, unfavorable, unpromising

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The Opening Gotcha


I WAS sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.The Pit and The Pendulum, Edgar Allen Poe

The man in black fled across the desert, the gunslinger followed.
The Gunslinger, Stephen King

Make yourself useless.How to Ruin Your Life, Ben Stein

I sent one boy to the gaschamber at Huntsville.
No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy

Death is my beat.The Poet, Michael Connelly

John Wilkes Booth awoke Good Friday morning, April 14, 1865, hungover and depressed.Manhunt-The 12 Day Chase For Lincoln’s Killer, James L. Swanson
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Just a few of my favorite opening lines from books I have read…..more than once….twice…..three times a….

You get the picture……even though I used no pictures for this post.

A well written book or story does not need pictures.

The author creates them in your mind with the collection of words that he or she chooses.

If they getcha at the opening line….

Then they gotcha until the last.

Books….yeah, they are that good.

Hardbacking In An “e” World


I am not a fan of the “e” revolution. I mean, I try….but my old fashioned self just will not allow me to convert to the technologically advanced art of reading.

My wife is a fan. She has rediscovered the beauty of reading books through the wonders of her Galaxy tab. She taps one of her book apps, searches for a minute, downloads a title she is interested in and

BAM

she’s reading.

My step daughter, who used to believe that books were made because of the movies ( true story) has recently began using “e” books for her schoolwork and book reports.

BRAVO

Me, on the other hand are a stickler for hardback books.

I love to search through musty old bookstores looking for something to catch my eye.

I love-

The smell of books

The sound of the pages turning

The way the spine cracks when the book is read over and over….but the jacket is in pristine condition.

The way book lovers treat the bookstore as they would a library.

Whispers.

Silent searchers of written treasures.

I walk the aisles in bookstores.

Category by category.

Letting my eyes and mind wander over the titles…hoping that one will catch my eye and set my mind ablaze with anticipation.

I judge a book by its cover…..somewhat

A title will tweak my interest.

I pick it up and look at the cover.

I then open the book to chapter 1 and read the first few sentences.

If I make it through a whole paragraph and my mind is yearning for more…..then it’s a keeper.

Here are a few examples-

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“My mother is standing in front of the bathroom mirror smelling polished and ready; like Jean Nate, Dippity Do and the waxy sweetness of lipstick. Her white, handgun-shaped blow-dryer is lying on top of the wicker clothes hamper, ticking as it cools. She stands back and smoothes her hands down the front of her swirling, psychedelic Pucci dress, biting the inside of her cheek.”

Or this one,

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All I needed was the first line on this one. “Make yourself useless.”

Here is another….

No pre check on this one. It’s my first edition of “The Stand” bought at a garage sale for $3…

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And lastly….for now

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I happen to have 3 brothers that I would love to chronicle 1 week with. Until I can do that I read that one.

Without the search it took to find those treasures I would not have appreciated the joy I had in reading them.

I live in a one click easy fix world. I’m just trying to hold on to my passion for the search of great reading in the dwindling hardback jungle.