Monthly Archives: October 2016

First Lines: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

After seven books and eight movies, for me, the Harry Potter saga was over and done with. The additional books — Quidditch through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Tales of Beedle the Bard — aren’t essential in the grand scheme of things, and all those little updates J.K. Rowling released… Read more »

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First Lines: Drie verschrikkelijke dagen

Drie verschrikkelijke dagen is a 1976 novel by Dutch author Guus Kuijer, who is mostly known for his books for younger readers. Nowadays, we would perhaps lump this book on the Young Adult pile: there’s this fifteen year old boy, who tries to impress this seventeen year old girl. So he steals his father’s car,… Read more »

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First Lines: The Fireman

If you want to talk about Joe Hill’s The Fireman, you’ll eventually have to acknowledge the elephant in the room: talking about The Fireman while not discussing his father’s work seems nearly impossible. As Hill said in an interview with Wired: Two-thirds into writing the book, it suddenly hit me how much The Fireman parallels… Read more »

First Lines: End of Watch

End of Watch is the final volume in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges-trilogy. Unlike Finders Keepers it directly links back to the events set out in Mr. Mercedes. In fact, the opening of this book gives us another angle on the Mercedes Killer’s rampage. Fast forward six years, where our favorite Ret. Det. Hodges, now diagnosed… Read more »

First Lines: Dolfje Weerwolfje / Volle maan

Ever since his 7th birthday, whenever there’s a full moon, little Dolfje turns into a werewolf. Dolfje Weerwolfje is the first in an ongoing series of children’s novels by Paul van Loon, which in Dolfje finds out that he is a werewolf, and gets to worry about a lot of things? What would happen his… Read more »

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