Daily Archives: August 9th, 2010

Day 19

Day 19 – Favorite book cover

I don’t own of them, but the new Penguin covers have me pining for more shelves and the money to buy all of them, just because they look so pretty together.

I’ve also been trying to upload an image of Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction, but on that task I have FAILED.

Day 18

Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book

Another impossible question for me to answer, because I really don’t tend to pay that much attention to opening scenes. That is, obviously they’re important, because a bad scene will put me right off. But I still have a niggling sense that starting a book means finishing it, so I probably give books more leeway than perhaps I ought. Pawn of Prophecy, the first book of the Belgariad, starts off in a seriously boring way, but I still kept reading… several times.

That said, when you realise that Jane Austen is actually writing from an ironic point of view, the classic “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” sets the scene of Pride and Prejudice brilliantly. Especially in light of Mrs Bennett. And Tansy Rayner Roberts’ opening scene of Power and Majesty – a young girl waking up to see naked men falling out of the sky – is certainly an attention-grabber.