You Have Five Pages to Tell Me It’s Good: #TheParadoxHotel by Rob Hart. #FirstChapter #BookReview #Podcast

Hello, amazing fellow creatives! Here’s to more fun perusing the library’s new releases to see what strikes our fancy. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve retitled Story Cuppings to better fit the premise of the podcast.

As writers, we hear all the time that we’ve got to hook readers in just the first few pages or else. We’ve got to hook agents in the first few pages or else.

Whether you’re looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader, first impressions are vital. Compelling opening scenes are the key to catching an agent or editor’s attention, and are crucial for keeping your reader engaged.


Well then, let’s study those first few pages in other people’s stories, shall we?

Today I snagged from the New Release shelf:

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

Now I recall there being quite the to-do over The Warehouse, so I admit I have high hopes for this one.

If you do not see the audio player above, you can access the podcast here.

I do so love a good genre-blend, and this combination of science fiction and mystery has already got me intrigued with just a few pages. The protagonist’s narrating style mixed with the concept of an illness that causes one to time travel (!) promises to be a bloody good read with time never truly being on anyone’s side.

And as always, I love hearing what’s on the shelves of your own libraries. Libraries Rock!

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

17 thoughts on “You Have Five Pages to Tell Me It’s Good: #TheParadoxHotel by Rob Hart. #FirstChapter #BookReview #Podcast

      • My students are lovely, thank you. Full of enthusiasm, and willing to be taken on some challenging or crazy flights. I’m having fun with the reading and the writing. It was lovely to sit back and let you lead me, though. Nice Podcast.

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      • Thank you kindly, Cath! I’m really enjoying this approach, and I think I’ve finally found the niche I want to use. After jumping to different themes for a year, having a set method takes a lot of stress out of the act…though Blondie is determined to chime in more this year as well… 🙂 xxxxx

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  1. I like the sound of this one. It’s ages since I read any sci-fi! Well read and analysed as always Jean… and now I’m going to re-examine the beginning bit of novel which I’ve just written. Cxxx

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