>> Monday, March 15, 2010
And, yes, for completeness as I redo Relax Max' exercise from his blog (instead of answering Phyl's excellent question which I will get to tomorrow), here are more first lines from favorites that aren't necessarily classics and aren't SF/Fantasy. Wanna guess?
- A gentleman was strolling down a side street in Paris, on his way back from the house of one Madame de Verchoureux.
- Ho Chi Minh City in the summer.
- When Mary Lennox was born, no one really wanted her.
- The gale tore at him and he felt its bite deep within and he knew that if they didn't make landfall in three days they would all be dead. [I never before noticed that one of my favorite books of all times starts with a run-on].
- The primroses were over.
- Millions upon millions of years ago, when the continents were already formed and principal features of the earth had been decided, there existed, then as now, one aspect of the world that dwarfed all others.
- The trawler plunged into the angry swells of the dark, furious sea like an awkward animal trying desperately to break out of an impenetrable swamp.
- Will Graham sat Crawford down at a picnic table between the house and the ocean and gave him a glass of iced tea.
- Summer of 2059 was a mean and murderous bitch who showed no sign of lightening her mood.
- "And by the way," said Mr. Hankin, arresting Miss Rossiter as she rose to go, "there is a new copy-writer coming in today."
- As I crawled into bed and put my arm around Helen it occurred to me, not for the first time, that there are few pleasures in this world to compare with snuggling up to a nice woman when you are half frozen.