Friday Firsts: The Resurrectionist


Blogger Meme: Friday Firsts

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The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
  • Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?
  • Link back to Well-Read Reviews in your blog entry.
  • Come back to this blog post, hosted on and add your direct link to Mr. Linky! ** Very important!

That’s it

Here is my Friday Firsts: The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell (ISBN: 978-1-56512-678-7) 304 pages.

Alone in the doctor’s office, Sweeney’s eyes lingered on the final panel and, once again, he found himself feeling something close to sympathy for the cartoon strongman, exiled and adrift, the world torn in a random instant and supplanted with a precarious replacement.

The first sentence had me going, “Huh?!” It was already telling me that this wasn’t going to be an easy read – and since then has proved to be correct in the matter. It’s not something you can read while doing other things because it takes your full attention.

Synopsis: (Taken from

The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. Part classic noir thriller, part fabulist fable, it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son, Danny. Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought Danny to the fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have “resurrected” patients who were similarly lost in the void. but the real cure for his son’s condition may lie in Limbo, a comic book world beloved by Danny before he slipped into a coma.

O’Connell has crafted a spellbinding novel about stories and what they can do for and to those who create them and those who consume them. About the nature of consciousness and the power of the unknown. And, ultimately, about forgiveness and the depth of our need to extend it and receive it.
Graphic: Thank you to Tara for the graphics! (And Cara for suggesting that she make some!)


  1. Sarah says

    Definitely a ‘huh?!’ kind of first line. Like it!

    Thanks for this meme, was looking for a few new things to keep my blog ticking over whilst reading a tome!

  2. Sasha says

    Hi Allison — I just posted my meme. 🙂 Thanks, because I’ve had a drought over at the site, and I really miss making this.

    And I love the new banner! 😉

  3. Vasilly says

    The Resurrectionist is definitely a book you have to focus on when you’re reading it. I read it last year and was so shocked at the ending. I’ll definitely come back and participate in Friday Firsts.

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