Beginnings (We Start a New Year)

On Sundays we do beginnings – the openings of all the Peter Abrahams novels and short stories, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Today we go all the way back to book one – THE FURY OF RACHEL MONETTE (1980). The first book is a big adventure. Can you really actually write a novel that makes sense? Maybe even enjoyable for the reader? When we got to the last paragraph – which had already been in our mind for weeks – we got a feeling that’s hard to describe.

[“The Fury of Rachel Monette may be one of the best books out this year…visual, frightening, fast-paced and mesmerizing. Its author is a natural-born artist, a brilliant young writer who has a truly remarkable talent for writing psychological thrillers of enormous power, depth and intensity.”
– The Denver Post]

It was one of those winds that have a name. The chergui they called it, a hot summer wind that blew from the east. At dawn it was already gathering strength, picking the crests off the dunes and driving the sand through the air like sparks from a grindstone.


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15 Responses to “Beginnings (We Start a New Year)”

  1. Diane C.
    8:47 am on January 6th, 2019

    Hey Everyone, Happy Twelfth Night! We’re having a bit of rain in SoCal!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:43 am on January 6th, 2019

    Good morning DianeC and everyone. Enjoy the rain, you need it. We are sunny and cold today, go figure!
    Happy Egg Day and Beginnings and Chetspeak and a wonderful Sunday to all.

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    1:37 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Dawson!…Moving is a PAIN!…snort!…Don’t listen to Hobbit. Just stay where you are….wheeze!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    1:40 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Fury!…The Fury of Rachel Monette is an excellent book. Hard to believe it was the Charming Mr. Abraham’s first one…chuffle!…I wish I could read it again, but alas I do not have a copy. I borrowed the one I read and stupidly I gave it back after I was done…snort!

  5. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Good afternoon all.

  6. ALR
    3:18 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Rio, I found The Fury of Rachel Monette on the Amazon book site available in paperback or Kindle. Sounds like an early winner for OFA!

  7. Loulou
    3:23 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Dawson, don’t let anyone trick you into moving. When Mom left the ski slopes she + now me moved into the apartment where you guys came to visit. The traffic noise was awful. Mom called Ellicott Development and said get me out of here. So we moved to the Belesario in downtown Buffalo. Great but the roof leaked badly. They wanted us out of the apartment so they could open up the entire ceiling, but we liked the building and wouldn’t go – until our neighbor across the hall was leaving and we took his apartment. They moved me! But that was still my third move and I found this is my forever place.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    3:23 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Good to hear from DianeC and ALR today. Seems like many missing voices this holiday season. Hope Plunderers are with friends and family and if you are traveling, be safe.

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    4:03 pm on January 6th, 2019

    LuLu!…What was the name of that online game you had us all addicted to way back when?….snort!

  10. Loulou
    4:38 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Rio, on the advice of Sammy and Chloe’s girl, we do not recall at this moment.

    Can you give a hint?

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:53 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Hint!…It’s sort of like Bejeweled but different….grunt!

  12. dawson
    6:13 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Rio: Luxor?

    I found a hardcover 1st edition of The Fury of Rachel Monette for a half decent price today so I will finally read this book. In a couple weeks.

    Loulou: I love your windows!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:59 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Luxor!…Never heard of it…grunt!…LuLu’s windows are amazing. Just right for looking out of from the floor…chuffle!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Wookie!…Hey, I borrowed that book from Wookie’s Paw. And some other very early books which I absolutely loved!…snort!snort!…I hope we hear the beginnings of all of those books each Sunday. The Genesis of the Charming Mr. Abraham’s career!…yeeep!

  15. Staff
    11:28 pm on January 6th, 2019

    Rio: you will be sorry if you restart these games.

    I remember Bookworm

    and Fishdom


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