First Line Friday — stealing immortality

I did read quite a bit since last Saturday, I just didn‘t have much to post about. I am still reading Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt, #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky, but it‘s pretty long and printed with a pretty small font. Reading for a prolonged time is just not possible, my eyes just give up and I can‘t focus anymore. That‘s what I love about ebooks—I can increase the font… I wasn‘t in the mood to read short stories or comics in between to mix it up, so I picked a SF novel in ebook format instead…

First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Reading is My Superpower. … share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link on the host’s page…

The Immortality Thief (The Kystrom Chronicles, #1)
by Taran Hunt

The Immortality Thief is a ridiculously fun, fast paced, seat-of-your-pants read full of treasure hunts, traps, deadly enemies, betrayal, secrets, mysterious aliens, adventure and action as the story races to the find the secret to immortality.

Far off the edge of human existence, beside a dying star lies a nameless ship abandoned and hidden, lost for a millennium. But there are secrets there, terrible secrets that would change the fate of humanity, and eventually someone will come looking.

Book blurb

That‘s a pretty exciting book blurb, right? I slowly made it through the first quarter of the book and so far I am a little underwhelmed. One reason might be that I am simply reading it too slowly, due to alternating it with my other read. However, something has just come to light that might change my mind. By the way, this is classed not only as SF, but also as horror. The horror element is pretty weak so far. Anyway, first sentence!

The nothing-place between leaving and arriving during faster-than-light travel isn‘t really Hell.

First sentence

Right? Yeah, clear as mud. But the sentences following this one give it more sense. We get some aliens that I find hard to visualize. Little grey men? So far I am not buying the relationship between our salvage crew and the aliens. If the author was trying to sell me supposedly bad guys as being decent in a way, it was a weak effort. But I am not sure yet, if that was the intention. Still, about 350 pages to go, there might be horror and good characterization just around the next corner… oh yes, the mystery / big secret is not giving me sleepless nights yet either.


12 thoughts on “First Line Friday — stealing immortality

  1. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels. It’s pretty awesome!
    “How about 492?
    I looked up from the clipboard in my lap. “You don’t like The Replacements?”
    I hope you have a really excellent weekend!

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  2. My first line this week comes from Forged in Live by Mary Connealy:
    August 1870. Pine Valley, Wyoming

    A bullet slammed into the side of the stagecoach carrying Mariah Stover, her pa, and her older brother.

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  3. I hope you’re enjoying this one! I’m reading Yosemite Firestorm by Tanya Stowe. The first line is: “Olivia Chatham pulled her ranger Jeep into the parking lot of the hiking trail near Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows and groaned.”

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  4. I’ll admit, I am usually very hesitant about SF Horror. I guess I was burned too badly by it being too much horror and not enough SF in the past. The first line in my current read (a fantasy novel) is a bit of a long line, but it does give a great impression of the main character.

    “The world’s greatest living magician, lying on his back on a rocky ledge halfway up a cliff and bathed in sunshine, felt the boat’s arrival on the island shore below like an uninvited knock at a private door.”

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    1. And that line right there makes me really vary. Longwinded much? 😉 Granted, I’ve had SF novels as well where I had to blink and repeat after reading the first line.


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