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first-lines meme

Gacked from everyone:

1. Choose five ten of your all-time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.

My own alterations: Sometimes these lines are from a prologue or introduction if I (completely arbitrarily) think it's related to the story(ies)). And yes, I have more than one sentence in some of them. Some first lines might be from novellas or short stories. Mneh. Have at it. I tried not to be too obvious (how many wouldn't guess the first line to Good Omens or The Gunslinger or The Two Towers?), and no one author is represented twice.

1. I am an old man now, but then I was already past my prime when Arthur was crowned king.

2. In shirt-sleeves, the way I generally worked, I sat sketching a bar of soap taped to an upper corner of my drawing board.

3. The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.

4. Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth. It has been night for a long time.

5. A great city is nothing more than a portrait of itself, and yet when all is said and done, its arsenals of scenes and images are part of a deeply moving plan. As a book in which to read this plan, New York is unsurpassed.

6. Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat.

7. I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more.

8. They do it with mirrors. It's a cliche, of course, but it's also true.

9. Tall sails scraped the deep purple night as rockets burst, flared, and flourished red, white, and blue over the stoic Statue of Liberty.

10. It began one day in summer about thirty years ago, and it happened to four children.
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