Tuesday, March 27, 2012

~ First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros ~

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea every Tuesday. To participate share the opening paragraph or two of a book you've decided to read based on that paragraph. I read about this book on the website of the book publisher, Algonquin and was hooked. Algonquin was great about sending me a copy and I’m looking forward to reading this satiric story about a frustrated novelist who discovers online poker...for better or worse.

Don't forget to drop by Bibliophile By the Sea and read Diane's selection this week and be sure to visit and read the contributions of other participants in this terrific meme who can be found in the comments!
Pocket Kings by Ted Heller

It is a cold and harrowing morning in the life of a man the day he wakes up, looks at himself in the mirror, and finally realizes that he is not, has never been and never will be George Clooney. A magnificent, eternal ideal has been floating out there: it was a paragon of the perfect human being this man had wanted to become. He wanted to look like him, act like him, talk and think like him. He wanted to be him and shed the creaky body and cranky soul and unexciting past of the man he was. And now he realizes: it isn’t happening and it’s not going to - Damn it, I’m just going to go on being me.

Perfection will not only forever elude this broken man; it won’t even get close enough to tickle his bald spot, pinch his love handles, or tug on his double chin. If he were as much as half-perfect he wouldn’t be here; he wouldn’t be looking at his reflection in his smudged bathroom mirror, wishing with all his might that he were someone else. And it’s too late: it won’t ever happen. He knows it now. Excellence, courage, wit, grace, confidence...they’ve all slipped away. The luminous spirit of the ideal man has fled the scene and isn’t coming back. It’s all over now, Baby Blue. James Bond is long gone, my friend. You will never play centerfield for the Yankees, you will never be Tiger Woods or Spider-man, you won’t win an Oscar and own a large yacht and sleep with famous women. The closest you’ll ever get to being Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen is playing Guitar Hero. You’ve always been you and will always be you and now there’s nothing left to do but ride Life’s Moving Sidewalk Unto Death.

What are your thoughts about these paragraphs? Would you read this book based on these paragraphs?


  1. I'd want to know what comes next and why it's so bad just "going on being me."

  2. Oh, yes, I would definitely read this one! It sounds so very interesting!

  3. You have my full attention Amy. I had never heard of this one and it does sound like one for me. Can't wait to hear your final thoughts.

    Great pick!

  4. I'm not sure about this one. I think I'd need to read a little bit more before committing.
    My First Paraghraph is here: Quirky Girls Read

  5. I'd definitely keep reading. And, more importantly, so might my non-reader husband. Tell me -- is this non-fiction ? If so, I might have a shot at getting him to read it.

  6. I liked the first sentence! So I would keep reading.