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December 6, 2016 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Dutton | February 2017 | Hardcover • Kindle | 384 pages


1st Paragraphs:
So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should’ve turned out like this. And it’s all my fault—well,me and to a lesser extent my father and, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope.

It’s hard to know how to start telling this story. But, okay, you know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Flying cars, robot maids, food pills, teleportation, jet packs, moving sidewalks, ray guns, hover boards, space acations, and moon bases. All that dazzling, transformative technology our grandparents were certain was right around the corner. The stuff of world’s fairs and pulp science-fiction magazines with titles like Fantastic Future Tales and The Amazing World of Tomorrow. Can you picture it?

Well, it happened.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

I’ve been in a bit of a reading/blogging slump the past few months, so perhaps choosing something from one of my favorite genres–time travel–would get me out of it.


From Goodreads:

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.


First Chapter Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Join us by visiting Diane and linking your own First Chapter post or to find out what others plan to read this week.

Source: Review copy from the publisher.
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  1. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Dec 6 2016 9:56 am

    I hope this book does the trick of getting your reading mojo back.


  2. Sandra Nachlinger / Dec 6 2016 10:47 am

    I like the conversational feel of the opening — as if the character is talking to the reader. I’m also curious about the world he’s describing. I’d definitely keep reading.
    My Tuesday post features a mystery: BETRAYED.


  3. Laurel-Rain Snow / Dec 6 2016 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing what sounds like a delightful read….and definitely one that should take you out of your slump. Enjoy! Here’s mine: “THE BAD THINGS”


  4. Diane / Dec 6 2016 5:42 pm

    I like the writing style but, I’m not a fan of time travel so would probably pass. I hope your slump is over soon. I was in a slump (reading and blogging as well after a stressful few weeks on tests and biopsy but thank goodness all is well:) Maybe now I can focus.


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