First Lines Fridays – 2nd April 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This book is part two of a series of 7. It is on my TBR list for review later this month and I am really looking forward to reading it.

It was a damp and dreary morning and in Farmer Fred’s feel-good, lo- cal, family, fair-trade, organic wholefoods store, George had just served up his first breakfast of the day. “There you are, Mr Chesterton!” he sang from beneath the peak of his green ‘FF’S HOW CAN I HELP YOU?’-emblazoned serving cap. “Oatmeal with soy milk, topped with sliced banana, a handful of raisins, and to finish, a light dusting of cinnamon. Bon appetit!”

Following his move to People Town some three months ago, George the five-ton, fire-breathing dragon had settled in seamlessly. Things here, as he had predicted they would be, were completely civilised and literally everyone was achingly pleasant and thoroughly non-confrontational towards him.

And the book is…

The Vegan Charade by James Allinson – part two of The Chickpea Chronicles:

Book Description

Fast-paced satire for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Now established in People Town, George is enjoying his new, civilised life. However, back in Dragonville trouble is brewing. 
A war has been declared! Sworn enemies, the Ogreton Ogres have heard that a huge, poncho-wearing dragon refuses to eat people and also, that it won’t let the other dragons eat them either. There can be only one explanation for this nature-defying dietary-finickiness: They have all gone soft! 
Tasked with averting the conflict, George is dragged back from his idyllic existence. His only hope is to convince the ogres that they’ve got it wrong; that dragons are still mental monsters who will happily gulp down anything put before them without making a huge fuss. But actual people-eating isn’t an option, because he’s a vegan, you know! 
Fortunately, People Town’s largest resident isn’t alone in his laborious, meat-free charade. The members of the Amateurish Amateur Dramatics Society / Production Company are waiting for their curtain call.
Will George’s thespian abilities be up to the challenge? Will he be able to find his motivation? Will all terrifying losses of self-control be strictly as per the script? Tickets available now!

Buy here:

Read my review of The Quest for the Holy Hummus here
Download Book 1 for free here:

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