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28 October 2016

Book Beginnings #23

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to 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.

I am currently reading The Vanished by Celia Rees.
Tunnels and culverts, storm drains and mine workings, caves and quarries, underground entrances of every kind, opening like jaws. One after another he pinned the photographs on to the board.

I still remember the exact moment I first read this book. I was in my Year 8 Maths class, and we had to take the first 100 words of a book and do a statistics exercise based on the length of the words and the letters used in the sample. I was going through one of my earlier rebel stages and picked this book purely because of the creepy cover, but I absolutely loved it and read the whole thing twice through.

It's almost 15 years later and I'm reading it again. I know exactly what to expect from Celia Rees.

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