Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Rose City Reader. Here's what you do: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section. Include the title and author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line and if you did or did not like that sentence. Link up each week at Gilion's place.
Here are the first line from The Platypus of Doom & Other Nihilists (from the short story of the same name) by Arthur Byron Cover (1976):
I pretended to sleep with the others, lying in the deepness of space, far away from the light of the brightest sun.
The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate. Just grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it.
Here is the mine from "The Armadillo of Destruction" in The Platypus of Doom & Other Nihilists (by Arthur Byron Cover (1976):
Leopold sprang up. He looked directly at Kline; he made a menacing gesture which he had seen a green ape use on a holovision documentary; he shouted once, as loud as he could, "Boo!"