Friday, May 6, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my current read, The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales.  A little less than a month ago, I saw the review for this debut novel appear in the Bookpage and I thought it sounded exactly like something I would adore.  I requested a copy through my library and so far I'm really enjoying it.  In a way, its sense of humor and overall style reminds me of The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn, except with more fantastical elements.  

Beginning:

From The Regional Office is Under Attack: Tracking the Rise and Fall of an American Institution

If you were wealthy, but extremely so, and you were in the market for a lavish adventurous getaway, one that might require the retainer of Sherpas - in the event that you came across a mountain you wished to scale - as well as a hot-air balloon and balloon crew in case, well, that came up, too, the desire, if you will, to hot-air balloon over the glacial formations of Chile, then you could hardly do better than to contact the staff at the Morrison World Travel Concern.

56:

Sarah's time with the Regional Office had trained her to harbor certain suspicions, take few risks, set in place specific precautions, and so it was more than a surprise that there was an envelope waiting for her when she got home.  It had been taped to the inside of her door.  The locks hadn't been picked or forced.  The small piece of black thread she set in the doorjamb every morning when she left for work hadn't been disturbed.

36 comments:

  1. Ooh, so much mystery in that 56 and I already love the humor based on the opening. Hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

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    1. Thanks very much! I hope you do the same! :)

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  2. This seems like a fun read! Will go and list it on Goodreads right now. Hope you have a lovely weekend! (Will post mine a bit later today)

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    1. So far it's been very fun! Have a great weekend! :)

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  3. Sounds like a great read! Enjoy, and thanks for the visit.

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  4. Very mysterious. I hope you are enjoying it. I'm spotlighting Heart of Brass by Kate Cross from my TBR mountain this week. Happy reading!

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  5. This sounds really good, but I think Sarah is in for the time of her life. I think I would really like this book too.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  6. Never heard of this one, glad you are enjoying it.

    Stormi
    Friday Meme

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  7. The 56 creeps me out a little bit...now I definitely want to know what's going on. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Makes you think the worst! Thanks for visiting mine too. :)

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  8. That 56 definitely got my attention. The book looks interesting, thanks for sharing. :-)

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  9. The 56 piqued my senses. Creeptastic! I'd read just to see how they got in. :-) Happy weekend!

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  10. This sounds like it would be witty and intriguing. Enjoy!

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  11. Hmmm...I wonder what Sarah is in for. I'd love for you to visit me... http://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviewsBTH

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  12. I can see why you thought you'd enjoy it. You've got me wanting to read it now:)

    My Friday 56 from Assassin's Heart

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  13. The 56 is very, very interesting - definitely makes you wonder about things. Here's my Friday meme

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    1. Really makes you want to know what exactly is going on! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  14. I love the 56. Somebody must have been very, very careful in leaving that note! Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy reading!

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    1. Extremely careful and a very skilled someone. :) Thanks for visiting my blog, too, Kim!

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  15. oooh that last snippet is VERY intriguing!! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I hope it's excellent and you enjoy it! :D (And I love the colours on the cover!)

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    1. I really expect you would like, Cait! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  16. This book has intrigued me since I first heard of it, but the fantasy element is something I usually don't enjoy. Hmm . . . not sure. :-)

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  17. Aw, this sounds fascinating- the opening amused me, the 56 really had me concerned.

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    1. I can see why when it comes to that part... :)

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