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Best Hook ever?

Published by ramedrake in the blog ramedrake's blog. Views: 66

Just curious but in your opinion what is the best opening to a novel or short story?

I'm going to have to go with the late great Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive..." And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"'

Unadulterated brilliance. :D
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