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"Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place."

Not exactly an opening sentence that pulls you in. Actually, the first thirty pages or so are pretty dry, as Dostoevsky insists on filling you in on a whole bunch of background on the father and the three brothers before the story proper begins. If you can get through that, it picks up from there.

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"Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place."

Not exactly an opening sentence that pulls you in. Actually, the first thirty pages or so are pretty dry, as Dostoevsky insists on filling you in on a whole bunch of background on the father and the three brothers before the story proper begins. If you can get through that, it picks up from there.
That actually is the sort of sentence that grabs me and pulls me in. I've not read The Brothers Karamazov yet, but I pland to sometime. Enjoyed Crime and Punishment.
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"There are a number of smells one expects to encounter in a dungeon. Fresh rosemary generally isn't one of them." Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher.
Damnit, how did you get that book so fast? Amazon says it hasn't even shipped my copy yet, and I pre-ordered it!

And whoa, that's quite an opening. Over on Twitter, several of her editors/advance readers have been enthusing about this book. I'm a trifle apprehensive, though, since one of the blurbs is that the reader cried so much at the end that her service dog brought all her toys over to try to cheer the reader up.
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Damnit, how did you get that book so fast? . . . .
Patreon. Also kindle version downloads fast.
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"There are a number of smells one expects to encounter in a dungeon. Fresh rosemary generally isn't one of them." Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher.
Just finished that one this weekend. Long time fan of Ursula Vernon.

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Just finished that one this weekend. Long time fan of Ursula Vernon.
And the second story won't be out until maybe February! (Faint echo of wailing and gnashing of teeth.)
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And the second story won't be out until maybe February! (Faint echo of wailing and gnashing of teeth.)
That's incredibly fast, you know. Most sequels take about a year.
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That's incredibly fast, you know. Most sequels take about a year.
True. And yet I'd still rather have it available now.
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(cont'd) "But who cares about that? In fact, my opening sentence is just a McGuffin having little to do with what I intend to relate, though it could be that in the long run all I can tell about my invitation to Kassel and my later trip to that city will eventually have everything to do with that sentence."

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"It was a dark and stormy night."

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True. And yet I'd still rather have it available now.
Right there with you. According to her Twitter feed, she's still working on edits. I hope that doesn't mean a delay.

Meantime, I just finished Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara, which ends on a cliffhanger, and all I can do is scream ARRRRGGGHHHH. She'd been publishing the books in this series about once a year, but this one was more like 18 months after the last one. I know it takes as long as it takes, but man, I hope she gets the next one out SOON.
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Well, that's embarrassing. I knew this thread sounded familiar; I am back to the same book from September! I read others in between, but am back to slogging through this one.
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