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Offline Overlord

Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2014, 11:10:36 PM »
Some great ones from Twitter:

"The assassin stood, bound in chains, awaiting her executioner."

"The Unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone."

"There were prodigies and portents enough, One-Eye says. We must blame ourselves for misinterpreting them."

"I'm in a window seat at Donut Universe eating heart crippling lumps of deep fried dough with the Devil."

"Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree."

"She came out of the store.....to see her young son playing on the sidewalk directly in the path of the grey, gaunt man"

"They made my father dance in thorns before they killed him."

"Below, toward the great Tyber Mountains, they came. Some in pairs, some alone. Fierce dragonhelms hid all but the eyes;"

"It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts" (I know, its  2 sentences!)"They'd strung up the king with razorwire in the square across the river"

"The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault."

"Ravens! Always the ravens."

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
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« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2014, 12:24:33 AM »
"On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back."

From I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. Nice and sinister :)
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« Reply #32 on: September 07, 2014, 12:54:49 AM »
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Let's sing about the man there
at the breakfast table
his olive hand making endless circles
in the classifieds
'wanted' 'wanted' 'wanted'
small jobs little money
but you have to start somewhere.

Opening sentence for Toby Barlow's Sharp Teeth; urban fantasy, noir and organised crime and werewolves in LA, all written in poetry. It's a fantastic book.
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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2014, 02:22:05 PM »
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Hier fängt die Geschichte an.

(The story begins here.)

From The City of Dreaming Books, by Walter Moers.
We are not standing on the shoulders of giants, but on a big tower of other dwarves.

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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2014, 03:34:58 PM »
"Man is a puerile creature." -Tomorrow the Killing, Daniel Polansky.
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« Reply #35 on: September 23, 2014, 10:17:00 PM »
Does it then explain what "puerile" means?
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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #36 on: September 23, 2014, 10:48:03 PM »
Does it then explain what "puerile" means?

I don't remember, seeing as I don't have the book on me, but I don't think so. It means "childish, silly, and trivial."  Though all three could encompass people in his novel.
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« Reply #37 on: September 26, 2014, 01:51:07 AM »
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The story so far:  In the beginning the Universe was created.  This has made a lot people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

The first 3 chapters are my very favorite of any start of a book next with The Stainless Steel Rat as a close second.

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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2014, 02:13:48 AM »
'When the polar ice advanced as far as Nottingham, my school was closed and I was evacuated to Mars.' That's the opening line from Sophia McDougall's Mars Evacuees. It's a fantastic hook. Hearing the author say that got me to buy the book.
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Offline OnlyOneHighlander

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« Reply #39 on: September 28, 2014, 07:30:35 PM »
Sci fi rather than fantasy, but Joel Haldeman's The Forever War has one of my all time favourites:

"Tonight we’re going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man."

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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2014, 12:45:13 AM »
I can't remember what book it's from, pretty sure it's neither fantasy or sci-fi, but we can't leave 'it was a dark and stormy night' out of this thread.
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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2014, 03:22:31 AM »
I can't remember what book it's from, pretty sure it's neither fantasy or sci-fi, but we can't leave 'it was a dark and stormy night' out of this thread.

A Wrinkle in Time starts with that sentence.

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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2014, 03:49:14 AM »
Does it really? I always remember it as being the opening line Snoopy used on a number of occasions when he was pretending to be a world famous novelist, and I actually believe there's a contest for the worst fiction of the year which uses that line as it's tag.
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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #43 on: September 29, 2014, 05:03:09 AM »
It really does. I didn't remember it, but then I found out about it, and I think it's kind of funny. I read it before I cared about things like dark and stormy nights being cliched.

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Re: Your Favourite Opening Line(s)
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2014, 05:50:32 AM »
I think the original is from a mystery, I believe the second line is something like: a shot rang out.
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