Friday, January 04, 2013

Book Beginnings Friday: The Winter Palace

Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to 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.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author.


 I'm reading The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak:

The spies you learn about are either those who get exposed or those who reveal themselves. The first have been foolish enough to leave a trail of words behind them; the second have reasons of their own.

The beginning of this book hooked me right away...spies and the rise of Catherine the Great.  I've been intrigued by Catherine the Great ever since a taking a college history class where I had to write a paper on her. I was thrilled to see quite a few books come out last year about her - this one and even a biography by Robert Massie. Part of my New Year's resolution for 2013 is to read more of my own books that I have sitting on my bookshelf and this was the first one I choose to read.

Have you read this yet?


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  1. That is an awesome beginning! I must confess, I know next to nothing about Catherine the Great. Thank you for sharing this! It might end up on my TBR pile :)

    Here's my book beginning:
    http://www.sinnfulbooks.com/2013/01/book-beginnings.html

    sinn @ sinnful books

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    1. It's really good so far...I'm only about 100 pages in, but having a hard time putting it down!

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  2. Massie's biography is on my TBR shelf. YThanks for the reminder!

    And thanks for participating in the first 2013 Book Beginnings!

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    1. It's been sitting on my shelf since it came out last year - hoping it gets read this year, too!

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  3. I read it end of 2011, as I got it as an ebook way before publication time. It was good. here is my review: http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/11/18/81-review-the-winter-palace/

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    1. I actually bought the ebook for my Nook when it first came out, but decided I wanted the print copy - so now I have 2 copies.

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