Over in the General Writing section, there is a thread in which a member posted an opening paragraph of a novel by a famous writer and invited comments. @jannert suggested that it might be useful to start a thread of opening paragraphs and how they either worked or didn't work and why. Since there are periodically posts made along the lines of "does this opening work?" I thought putting it over here might be helpful for anyone who just can't get their story kicked off. Some ground rules, first. All quoted work must be attributed, author and title. For clarity, please indicate whether you are quoting from a short story, novella or novel, and what you think the opening does or fails to do.