First Line Friday: July 13, 2018

Happy Friday!

For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.

The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created by  Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.

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20774873Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J.W. Ocker

Publisher: Countryman Press (October 6, 2014)

Print Length: 384 pages

Edgar Allan Poe was an oddity: his life, literature, and legacy are all, well, odd. In Poe-Land, J. W. Ocker explores the physical aspects of Poe s legacy across the East Coast and beyond, touring Poe s homes, examining artifacts from his life locks of his hair, pieces of his coffin, original manuscripts, his boyhood bed and visiting the many memorials dedicated to him.

Along the way, Ocker meets people from a range of backgrounds and professions actors, museum managers, collectors, historians who have dedicated some part of their lives to Poe and his legacy. Poe-Land is a unique travelogue of the afterlife of the poet who invented detective fiction, advanced the emerging genre of science fiction, and elevated the horror genre with a mastery over the macabre that is arguably still unrivaled today.

First Sentence 

“Edgar Allan Poe was an oddity. His life was odd, his literature is odd, his legacy is odd.”


Two hundred and nine years after his birth, Edgar Allan Poe is still enticing readers with his peculiar tales of mystery and the macabre.

I mean, besides my bust of William Shakespeare, the only other author to be included in my apartment’s decorating is Poe, with a framed picture of his mournful profile greeting anyone who dare come to visit my humble abode.

And yet, while I have read many of his profound and influential works, I know very little about the man behind the myth.

As I have been on the Ocker train as of late, I felt it was only appropriate to pick up the next book of his on my shelf, Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe.

The first sentence of the novel says it all, I’ve gotten myself into an odd situation. I’ve shed the expectation of reading light and airy summery read in favour of a travelogue that focuses on the life, death, and legacy of an unusual literary figure. And to say I’m not excited would be an extreme understatement. Keep a lookout for a full review in the next few weeks.

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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.


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