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:~: Friday, August 11, 2006 :~:

First Lines

Today was the first day of school. In honor of that (and with Karin Tabke's first line contest rapidly destroying all of my fingernails), I thought I'd share with you some first lines from various books around my house. Some are mine, but all are cross-genre. I'm not giving you the book title (not yet, anyway) or whether the lines are mine.

Which lines would have you reading further?

What genre would you guess the book is?

1) I should of been in school that April day.

2) Ariadne, my given name, the one that's on my driver's license, is the sort of name that you're supposed to grow into.

3) The poets had come before.

4) She wasn't going to die.

5) This is a story about a man named Eddie, and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun.

6) Darkness was a different thing in the north woods than it was in the city.

7) A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: "Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en!"

8) From the beginning, the child growing inside her seemed aware of the need for secrecy.

9) "My life sucks."

If you don't want to make guesses on these, what are your favorite first lines?

2Comments:

Blogger Amie Stuart said...

LOL I read the "my life sucks" and thought YA book!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

5) About the book beginning with the ending, and Eddie lying dying in the sun.

What a great first line!

12:14 PM  

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