Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book Beginning: The Hot Climate of Promise and Grace


Please join me 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’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Once upon a time there was a cat-burglar who worked assiduously to improve her technique of robbing houses and apartments.

-- From "The Cat Giver," the first story in The Hot Climate of Promise and Grace by Steven Nightingale. This is a new collection of 64 very short stories published by Counterpoint Press.


  1. Hope you're enjoying this read. I didn't see the usual "linky" to add my book, so I'm posting it here:
    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

  2. Sorry for the late Linky! Crazy week!

  3. How short are these very short stories? :)

  4. I love the title. But I'm not crazy about short stories. How long are they?

  5. Hi Gilion,

    Great book title and I love the cover art.

    However 64 'stories' in a little over 200 pages, constitutes no more than a short article surely?

    I guess it really depends on just how much meaning can be packed into a few words and your opening lines are quite a good start!

    Not one for me, but I hope that you enjoy and thanks for hosting once again :)


  6. I'm not keen on very short stories as I often find them leaving me wanting to know more. But the first line of the first story does attract me with its fairy tale opening.

  7. I love the thought of a female cat burglar. :-)Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  8. My husband loves short stories, he says they are his favorite kind of stories to read, so I am always on the lookout for new short story collections.

  9. A new word for me..."assiduously". :-)

  10. I love that beginning so much! Sounds great!


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