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First Pages of Best-Selling Novels: Fire Touched

This week’s first page falls under the genres of urban fantasy, action-adventure, and romance. Author Patricia Briggs has many fantasy novels published, and this one—Fire Touched—is the ninth installment in her Mercy Thompson series.

The ever popular shapeshifters, werewolves, and fairies populate her stories. But her success with this series seems to lie with her strong female protagonist, who herself is a “coyote shapeshifter.” And the series goes deep into interpersonal relationships and in particular the romance between Mercy and Adam, who is her werewolf mate.

While the cover design, to me, lends a bit of crass with the emphasis on showing flesh (and making it clear this isn’t for young readers) and possibly hinting at erotica elements, I don’t get the impression this series is smutty. Continue Reading…

First Pages of Best-Selling Novels: The Selection

Each week, we’ve been taking a look at the first page of best-selling novels of various genres and seeing how they measure up to my first-page checklist.

This week, I grabbed a Young Adult title that’s gone ballistic, launching a series that has teens drooling for more. Kiera Cass’s The Selection is listed under the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, but is more accurately slotted in the Dystopian subgenre for teens.

One reviewer calls Cass’s series “Reality TV meets dystopian fairy tale.” And another describes it as a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor (TV show) but without the blood and guts.

While I considered looking at the current volume (The Crown), which is also a big best seller, I thought it a good idea to examine the first book’s first page. Continue Reading…

First Pages of Best-Selling Novels: Support and Defend

I promised you last week that I’d give you a much better, stronger first page, and so I jumped at Tom Clancy’s big seller of 2015: Support and Defend.

But wait, Tom Clancy didn’t write this novel. Mark Greany did. He’s written a number of “Clancy” books.

Wikipedia states that since Clancy can’t write books fast enough to please his readers, his publisher decided to bring on board other authors to help fill the demand. If only all our books had that kind of demand!

How do you feel about reading novels that are meant to sound like a particular author? I read a novel in Herbert’s Dune series that was penned after Herbert died. I thought the book was boring and didn’t do justice to Herbert’s series. Continue Reading…

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