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    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    I Think I've Found My All Time Favorite Opening Sentence

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by EdFromNY, Aug 5, 2017.

    "When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon." - James Crumley, The Last Good Kiss

    Zounds!!
     
  2. Simpson17866

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    Not my style myself, but I see the appeal :) Personally, my favorite has always been

    "The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault." – Blood Rites, by Jim Butcher
    And not just because the narrator is lying to you :D
     
  3. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    That goes without saying. :D
     
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    Ed, that line is so good, I'm tempted to buy the book!

    My favorite is

    "After all the time and effort I put into killing you, coming back from the dead just seems rude." - The Stranger, by C. M. Havens
     
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    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    I did and I'm reading it now. So far, it reads just like that opening line.
     
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    I've always enjoyed:

    "There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
    -Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis
     
  7. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    I've always liked the beginning of Michener's Tales of the South Pacific: "I wish I could tell you about the South Pacific." And then he does.
     
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    "When I was little the greatest mystery to me wasn't how babies are made, but why"

    Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper
     
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    'When a man you know to be of sound mind tells you his recently deceased mother has just tried to climb in his bedroom window and eat him, you only have two basic options.' The Steel Remains - Richard Morgan
     
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    "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." -- Neuromancer
     
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    "I've read many books," said Professor Mephesto, with an

    odd finality, wearily flattening his hands on the podium,

    addressing the seventy-six sophomores who sat in easy

    reverence, immortalizing his every phrase with their pads

    and pens and now, as always, giving him the confidence to

    slowly, artfully dramatize his words, to pause, shrug, frown,

    gaze abstractly at the ceiling, allow a wan wistful smile to

    play at his lip, and repeat quietly, "many books . . ."

    Candy
    by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg

    --- not the greatest as far as literature, but definitely a memorable read :)
     
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    The end of the world started when a Pegasus landed on the hood of my car--rick riordan, Percy Jackson and the last Olympian.
     

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