Book Beginnings on Friday – Surface Detail

Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More Pages.

Here’s what you do: share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section . Include the title and author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and if you liked or did not like that sentence. Link-up each week at Katy’s place.

Iain M. Banks write long science fiction novels, so it’s always a bit daunting to start a new one by him. Surface Detail has been sitting in Mount TBR for a while, but I joined a few reading challenges for 2012, put it on the list so I should get my act together and start reading it. I’m just about halfway through and enjoying myself, like I’ve always done when reading one of his books.

It begins thusly (Sorry, I’ve overdosed on Big Bang Theory and couldn’t resist. Thusly is now a part of my vocabulary.):

“This one might be trouble.”

She heard one of them say this, only ten or so metres away in the darkness. Even over her fear, the sheer naked terror of being hunted, she felt a shiver of excitement, of something like triumph, when she realised they were talking about her. Yes, she thought, she would be trouble, she already was trouble.

Good beginning. Don’t you think?


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Posted on January 20, 2012, in Literature/Books, Quotes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Great beginning! Got me hooked.

  2. This one looks and sounds wonderful! I’m trying to move some off my stacks this year, too, and so far, I’m loving them!

    Here’s MY FRIDAY MEMES POST and here’s

  3. I love SciFi but have not read any of Banks books. I should put them on my list.

  4. I do agree. It is a good start. I’m guessing trouble ensues.


  5. That is a great beginning, it certainly grabs my attention.

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