Robbie lived just long enough to regret the seventh beer. [opening of Speaker of the Lost]
This is actually from Case Study #1 which serves as a prologue to the novel. I would say it's got the qualities of a good hook, wouldn't you?
Glass shattered above Oz's head, and he looked up just in time to see a woman's body flailing down toward himself. [excerpt from 56% of Speaker of the Lost]
I featured today's book on my blog last week and have since dived in. I am nearing the end and am looking forward to seeing how Stella and Oz resolve their current investigation. It has been anything but easy for them.
In a sleepy town in coastal Maine, a dangerous storm is brewing…
Stella Newport is the new kid on the block in the FBI’s Paranormal Squad. With three training missions left to ace and enough drive to nail them blindfolded, she’s well on her way to securing her place among the ranks of the elite agents known as “Larks.”
And then…Aurora, Michigan.
After magic practitioners brazenly destroy a massive convention center, supernatural crime rates surge across the United States. With the regional paranormal crime-fighting group—DSI—overtaxed, and the Paranormal Squad woefully short on manpower, Stella is pulled out of training early and shoved on a plane to a small New England town.
Her mission? To assist the infamously moody Oswald Bolton, known as the “Great and Terrible Oz,” with a complex murder investigation.
In the town of Bismuth, Maine, an ancient creature has come calling, and it’s up to Stella and Oz to unravel the myriad secrets of a tight-knit (and tight-lipped) community…before another head goes rolling and another body falls. [Goodreads Summary]
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What was your favorite genre to read as a child? Do you still read that genre, or do you read something else now? (submitted by Mark @ Carstairs Considers)
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. I loved The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and also Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. I devoured books by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary; and I also really liked books by Scott O'Dell, Jean Craighead, Mildred D. Taylor, and George Selden. My all time favorite childhood book is Gene Stratton-Porter's The Girl of the Limberlost. Outside of general fiction, my favorite childhood genre would probably be mysteries. Encyclopedia Brown and Harriet the Spy in particular come to mind.
In my teen years, my reading tastes expanded to include everything by S.E. Hinton and Agatha Christie, books by Tory Hayden, the Nancy Drew mystery series, The Canby Hall series by Emily Chase, Don Pendelton's Ashton Ford series, the classics (Jane Eyre and Beowulf), horror (John Saul, especially), and romance (hello, Harlequin romance--especially the Harlequin Intrigue line). I also discovered (and adored) Emily Dickinson's poetry. Again, there was a strong mystery showing genre-wise, but also a good amount of other types of books mixed in too.
These are among the ones that stand out in my memory. I still read books that fall into many of these genres and then some. I am hard-pressed to pick one favorite genre today. Fantasy, mysteries/thrillers, historical fiction, romantic comedies, and general/literary fiction are always competing for the spot.
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