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Lisa
Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 6:16:22 PM

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I bet we've all heard how important the opening line of a book is in hooking the reader. What's the opening line of the book you're reading at the moment?

Mine is:

"One day in 1972, I came home from work and found my wife sitting at the kitchen table with a pair of gardening shears in front of her".

Taken from "Just After Sunset" by Stephen King.
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 8:39:43 AM

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"Death is only the beginning--afterward comes the hard part."

The Death Instinct, by Jed Rubenfeld

Good thread, Lisa. It'll be interesting to see the responses.

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Lisa
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 12:35:01 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
It'll be interesting to see the responses.

glasses8


I agree. I like a clever opening line.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 3:35:41 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:


Good thread, Lisa. It'll be interesting to see the responses.

glasses8


I think I've seen something along these lines on another rather famous site...can't recall where at the moment...let me go think about it...



I once knew a drinker who had a moderating problem...

Sherzahd
Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:28:00 AM

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"Torak woke with a jolt from a sleep he'd never meant to have."

From Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver... part of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series.

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”


ladysharon
Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 11:16:12 AM

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It happened every year, was almost a ritual. And This was his eighty-second birthday.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Lisa
Posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 1:47:01 PM

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"The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs."

Taken from Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay.
Lisa
Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 3:44:35 PM

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"Elizabeth Fitch's short-lived teenage rebellion began with L'Oreal Pure Black, a pair of scissors and a fake ID. It ended in blood."

The opening line from "The Witness" by Nora Roberts.
VanessaFinaughty
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:27:30 PM

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Great thread! Wish I'd thought of it first for my site Whistle

"This is the thing I've learned: even with a gun to my head, I am capable of being convulsed with laughter." - Dean Koontz, Relentless

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SinistralScribe
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:12:43 PM

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"to wound the autumnal city."

First line of Dhalgren by Samuel R Delany.

"Waiting here, away from the terrifying weaponry, out of the halls of vapor and light, beyond holland and into the hills, I have come to"

is the last line.
DLizze
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 11:13:25 PM

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"International baggage claim in the Brussels airport was large and airy, with multiple carousels circling endlessly." Orange Is The New Black - My Year In A Women's Prison, A Memoir Piper Kerman

"Any book not worth reading twice was not worth reading the first time." Oscar Wilde
paulus
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"I was five when my step dad stole my innocence."

From: "Fifteen Shards of Broken Glass" by Phoenix, published on Stories Space.

I found it through the random story button, a feature I've grown to like more and more. That single line caused my blood to boil and I simply have to read the story now.



If life seems jolly rotten
there's something you've forgotten
and that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing

from Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
AvrgBlkGrl
Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015 12:20:50 PM

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"None of them knew the color of the sky."
From The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
I love that line.

And of course a plug...

"When you love an artist, sometimes you feel as if you are loving alone."
From When He Plays Piano In The Dark by AvrgBlkGrl



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Ghostreader
Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 9:27:11 PM

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"We can't tell you who we are. Or where we live. It's too risky, and we've got to be careful. Really careful. So we don't trust anyone. Because if they find us... well, we just won't let them find us.."


Opening to the animorphs by K. A. Applegate

Love it when I was a kid and read it to my niece's.
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