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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #50 on: 11 Apr 2009, 17:14 »

"The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself." -Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.

"A mile below the lowest cloud, rock breaches water and the sea begins." -China Mieville, The Scar
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #51 on: 15 Apr 2009, 04:20 »

Oh shit that reminds me

"It begins, as most things begin, with a song."

-Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #52 on: 15 Apr 2009, 04:36 »

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #53 on: 15 Apr 2009, 05:03 »

"we were somewhere just outside Barstow, in the desert, when the drugs began to take hold"
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #54 on: 15 Apr 2009, 14:09 »

I dont read what i do!
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #55 on: 20 Apr 2009, 15:25 »

To subvert this, the worst opening line in the history of books is probably from Ethan Frome.

Quote from: Edith Wharton
If you know anything about Starkfield, Massachusetts, you know about the post office.

Oh joy!  What a book this will be!

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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #56 on: 23 Apr 2009, 02:11 »

This is not for you.

Is that the opening line for House of Leaves?  I can't place it and it's driving me crazy!
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #57 on: 23 Apr 2009, 04:42 »

I think it is.
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #58 on: 23 Apr 2009, 04:52 »

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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #59 on: 23 Apr 2009, 10:49 »

This is not for you.

Is that the opening line for House of Leaves?  I can't place it and it's driving me crazy!


that book is fucking EPIC.  i was gonna look up the opening line and post it here, but i've lost the book  :cry:
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #60 on: 24 Apr 2009, 01:15 »


"He's a Mad Scientist and I'm his Beautiful Daughter"
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #61 on: 24 Apr 2009, 15:44 »

"The night was humid."
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Re: Favourite Opening Lines
« Reply #62 on: 27 Apr 2009, 17:52 »

From A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne:

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- They order, said I, this matter better in France -

Of course the same book also has one of the most famous (and, if you read the whole chapter, hilarious) closing lines in English literature:

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So that when I stretch'd out my hand, I caught hold of the Fille de Chambre's

Actually, come to think of it Tristram Shandy's opening line is pretty good, too:

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I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me;
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