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‘Hello Again’ By Stan Schatt

Author of this week’s opening lines, Stan Schatt, has already graced the pages of ‘Meet The Authors’, with his great guest post and he has very kindly provided copy for a second post, which will be published here shortly, so don’t forget to stop by 🙂


It is likely, or even probable, that most women seeing the condo for the first time would find themelves debating whether it would be possible to salvage it with a major redecoration project or simply easier to raze it and start over. A large poster of ‘Star Trek’s’ Captain James T Kirk hung above an unmade bed and a hamper overflowing with dirty laundry. An ‘Apple’ laptop lay on the floor near a pair of well-used running shoes while a white cable snaked across the floor to a power outlet several feet away. A small galley-style kitchen provided functionality, but added little in aesthetic appeal.

Meanwhile, a sixty-inch flat screen television, along with two ‘Lazy Boy’ recliners and a faded green sofa with stuffing starting to leak out from a small hole on one of the arms transformed the living room into a man cave. An end table held a framed picture of  a smiling elderly couple embracing a tall young man wearing a cap and gown, while a sign just behind them identified the scene as the Yale Law School graduation ceremony. Two men sat on the sofa behind a coffee table holding a half-empty plate of extra spicy chicken wings and an enormous platter of nachos and stared at the TV screen. The heavier of the two men shoveled food into his mouth in an almost continuous motion without once turning his attention away from the game….

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    • Hi Mareli,

      First of all, let me thank you for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy meeting new people and shall always look forward to reading your comments and sharing thoughts about any books which we may have in common 🙂

      Having already commented to fellow blogger Katherine, that I am under no illusion that my own nephews’ apartments are probably just as Stan describes, I also know that my nieces used to be just as disorderly and untidy, when they were younger. So I can’t really generalise and say that most women would probably raze the place and start over, although from a purely personal perspective, that’s exactly what I would do!

      Whilst not a particularly exciting opening scene, it is quite descriptive and I would probably keep on reading on the assumption that at least one, if not both of these men, are integral to the storyline.

      I hope that you have a great weekend with your friend and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      I’m not sure where this opening passage fits into the storyline of the book, but I’m certain that all will become clear as I continue reading.

      I’m certain that my nephews’ bedrooms don’t look much different to this one, especially the younger one who is house sharing in his final year at University. In fact their shared living space is probably also much as Stan describes it!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments

    • Hi Anne,

      I must admit that I am the kind of person who has real trouble seeing past the mess and chaos of a place, to what it might look like if it was decorated and presented in my own style. Which is probably why we haven’t moved house very often, as I can never find a place which is as clean and tidy as my own and I think that hubbie has given up trying to appease and reason with me!

      As the photo was taken at Yale Law School graduation, I’m assuming that despite their slobbish behaviour, at least one of the pair is very learned and potentially a lawyer. I am also assuming that this is the bigger of the two men, as I am guessing that the running shoes belong to the healthier, more lithesome of the two … but then we all know what assuming too much does, so anything is possible I guess!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to reading your comments 🙂

  • Ha! Well I’m not certain if it really makes me want to read on and “know more”, but it certainly does a great job of setting the atmosphere. I can totally picture the scene!

    I just finished a book last night and won’t start my next until this evening, so no beginnings for me to share this time.

    • Hi Kelly,

      If this was a new to me author, I’m not sure that these lines alone would make me pick up the book, I would really need to read the premise as well, to be able to gauge the full potential of the storyline.

      However, as I also know Stan’s writing style and story telling technique quite well, this being the third book of his I have been invited to read, I would probably trust his judgment on the lines alone.

      Just thinking about the muck, mess and smell inside this small apartment is enough to turn me off my food 🙂

      I am so pleased that you managed to wade your way through ‘Gone With The Wind’. You deserve something a little lighter and brighter, and definitely shorter, now 🙂

  • I honestly may not pick this up based on the cover but the synopsis and snippet makes me wonder. How can you go wrong with a Lazy Boy and Star Trek? I hope you’re enjoying this one 🙂

    • Hi Aloi,

      I’m not sure how well the cover art fits with the premise of this story, however the words written in the image, ‘Texts From The Dead Are Better Left Unread’, certainly help to set the scene nicely.

      I’m not too impressed with the state of the ‘man cave’ and hope that if either of these characters feature heavily in the story, then they smarten themselves up a bit!

      There is probably quite a large difference in our ages, so I have to confess that I am only really a fan of the very original Star Trek and for me, none of the more modern interpretations or character cast, can come close.

      The book isn’t quite to the top of my pile yet, but having read and enjoyed the two previous paranormal crime books written by this author, I can’t wait to get started 🙂

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