Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence. (Thanks to Rose City Reader for inspiring this meme)

Jurassic Park by Michael Chrichton

This novel seemed an apt choice after my experience with The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey. I needed something easy and exciting that didn't offer a challenge - and Jurassic Park is all of those things. Here is the first sentence:
"The tropical rain fell in drenching sheets, hammering the corrugated roof of the clinic building, roaring down the metal gutters, splashing onto the ground in a torrent".
This opening line isn't the best I have ever read, but it sets to scene of where this story will take place (somewhere with a tropical climate, but somewhere relatively far from any city or big town centre given the corrugated roof) and also the pace of the book. It starts off with a strong and fast action (the pouring rain) and that is the pace at which this book moves. It's a deluge, just as what is about to happen at Jurassic Park is a comes as a deluge to those that are on the island.

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13 comments

  1. I can hear the opening sequence from the movie now! Enjoy your read.

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  2. I loved the movie but I've never picked up the book. I've always wondered though if I should. I'll be interested to read your review on this one.

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  3. Great opening! I've never read the book :) Have a great weekend!!!

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  4. Jurassic Park was assigned reading in a college paleontology course. I think it was just a way to get people excited enough to learn the science. :)

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  5. I haven't seen the movie or read the book but hope you enjoy it.

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  6. I read Crichton's 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and really enjoyed both, but have never got around to reading this book. My childhood memories of this movie remain so vivid - reading that opening line quickly reminds me of the visual of that torrential rain and the first of many shocks to come.

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  7. Fun! You should check out Ancestor, maybe:

    http://situationswhereyoumayneedit.blogspot.com/2010/07/ancestor-by-scott-sigler.html

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  8. I just recently saw the movie for the first time and really enjoyed it (Sam Neill is great), and the book went on my wishlist after that. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it.

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  9. Good luck with your hospital experience -- I hope all goes well.

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  10. I have a great "Book Beginning" or "First Line Friday" as I call it.
    I hope you will check it out.

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  11. Thanks for the messages everyone. It was a really good read. Hope you are all enjoying your current reads

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