From Russia With Love, by Ian Fleming. Number 5 in Fleming's original James Bond series, first published in 1957. This is the book's first sentence:
The naked man who lay splayed out on his face beside the swimming pool might have been dead.Initial Thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of the James Bond movies, but I've never read any of the novels they're based on. So this will be my introduction to the series -- once again, I'm jumping into the middle, even though I do have a copy of the first book, Casino Royale. That first sentence just hooked me.
Over the years, all the books have been issued in many different editions, worldwide. The Signet paperback pictured above is the one I remember from back in the 1960s, and one of the more boring ones, I think. Some of the later covers definitely have a bit more spice...
Personally, I think I prefer the covers with links to the films, such as...
Or maybe it's just the link to Sean Connery I like!
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.