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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

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 All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka which will be my next read.  I'm really excited for this after having watched Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt!  If you haven't seen the movie, you're really missing out.  These snippets make the source material sound great!

Book Beginning: 

When the bullets start flying, it's only a matter of time before fear catches up with the soldier.


"If a cat can catch mice," a Chinese emperor once said, "it's a good cat."

Rita Vrataski was a very good cat.  She killed her share and was duly rewarded.  I, on the other hand, was a mangy alley cat padding listlessly through the battlefield, all ready to be skinned, gutted, and made into a tennis racket. 

[From page 57, as 56 is blank.]


  1. I didn't end up seeing this film although I really wanted to because of Emily Blunt, I mean, she looks so badass! I also didn't know it was based on a book, so I'll definitely check that one out! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. Emily Blunt is easily the best part about the movie! :) Thanks very much!

  2. Love the 56 especially! I haven't seen the movie but the gif looks amazing. Emily Blunt looks seriously tough!

  3. Sounds interesting. I will check out anything with action. Thanks for sharing the gif.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

    1. The movie definitely had a lot of action - and I hope the book doesn't disappoint!

  4. Sounds interesting. I didn't see the movie but then I almost never go to movies. I dug deep on my TBR mountain to find Thornyhold by Mary Stewart for this week's book. Happy reading!

  5. Sounds like an action-filled story. I like the comparison of his character to a cat.
    My Friday post features The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

  6. My son and I both loved that movie. One of the few with Tom Cruise that I enjoyed. So now I want to read this book!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing:)

  7. Fear would have me before the bullets started flying! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. This sounds like an exciting read. I haven't seen Edge of Tomorrow, but I will definitely check it out. Happy reading!

  9. I haven't seen the film but wow, that second quote about teh cats is so descriptive and evocative. Enjoy!

  10. Looks a bit too intense for my taste. Happy Friday!

  11. I saw and enjoyed the movie, too. I like that these quotes are intense, but have that self-deprecating humor at the end.

  12. Looks awesome! Love the GIF you chose too!
    Happy weekend!

  13. Saw the film and liked it. Like this except too.

    1. I loved the movie and I hope the book will be better.


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