Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, sharing the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she’s reading or thinking about reading soon.
Recently I was looking through my many shelves of unread books and came across Not the End of the World by Christopher Brookmyre, a book I started some time again and put to one side, intending to get back to it quite soon. Time has since whizzed by and now, even though I have a bookmark indicating where I got up to, I’ll have to start it again.
It begins with a Prologue:
Joey Murphy was a fisherman. He was the captain and proprietor of a small trawler that was the whole world to him, but which he knew to be merely a speck on the endlessness that was the Pacific Ocean.
He believed in God.
He believed in Jesus.
He believed in His death, resurrection and bodily ascension.
I could have stopped quoting the opening paragraphs here, but that would not really have given a clear indication of the tone of this book. It continues:
He also believed in ghosts, poltergeists, demonic possession, Satanic possession, flying saucers, alien abduction, Roswell, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the Bermuda Triangle, telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, spontaneous combustion, levitation, reincarnation, out-of-body consciousness and the rapture.
There’s more, but I think this should be enough to get the picture that Joey believes in ‘stuff that makes the world seem a more interesting place.‘
Unlike other books by Brookmyre this is not set in Scotland, but in Los Angeles with Lt Larry Freeman of the LAPD investigating the disappearance of the crew of an oceanic research vessel who had gone missing in the Pacific along with their mini-submarine. But there is ‘a Glaswegian photographer with an indecipherable accent and a strong dislike of hypocrisy or of a terrorist who seems to have access to plutonium as well as Semtex.’ (source: Brookmyre)
12 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros”
Not sure if this would grab me, but since you picked it back up, it must have interested you. Enjoy!
I love the sound of this one Margaret. Sounds like this guy’s beliefs are going to make for an interesting story. enjoy
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I would go on. It intrigued me…
Here is my post
What an intriguing opener! Now I definitely want to know more….thanks for sharing.
I haven’t read anything by this author. Since my mother’s family hails from the Glasgow area in Scotland, I think I’ll give this author a try.
Here’s my Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-18-and.html
Wow! I really like that opening. It definitely makes me want to read more.
Wow! Sounds like there is not too much left for him not to believe in.
Hmmm I’ll be waiting to hear what you have to say at the end. It is a good teaser.
The second part of the prologue does place an entirely different bent to the description, doesn’t it? I’m not familiar with this author. Hope the story pulls you in this time for a good read!
Looks like an enjoyable read. Here’s Mine
Margaret – Oh, this is an intriguing beginning. And with Brookmyre’s wit, I’ll bet it’s a good story.
Oh, that one sounds fun! I will search it out!
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