24 Feb 2017

Book beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 #1

Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 are weekly memes hosted by Rose City Reader and Freda's Voice.

Rules:

Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. 

The Friday 56: Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56 % in you eReader. Find any sentence (not spoilery) and reflect on it if you want.

The chosen book is my current read:

by Chrys Cymri

  
Synopsis:

Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

When I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparision. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…


Book beginning:

Vicar arrested for drunk driving is not the sort of headline my bishop wants to read about his priests. 

Not indeed. This is an ambiguous start; this book could go down drama lane with a first line like this, but it does no such thing. So far it is laughing-out-loud hilarious.

The Friday 56:

'I'd better let you go.' Then he hesitated. 'I know this is bad timing, but I was wondering. The Odeon's showing the first Star Wars film next Tuesday.'
'Not The Phantom Menace?' I groaned. 'I can't stand Jar Jar Binks'.
'No, no the original first one. A New Hope. I was wondering... we could see it together.' 

There are lot of popular culture references scattered on the pages and I think that's totally cool.

What are you reading at the moment? What's your favourite humorous book?  Please leave your comments and links below.

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