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first-lines meme

Posted on 2005.11.04 at 10:31
How I feel about it all: chipperchipper
Soundtrack: nope, Hannah still sleeping
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.

Comments:


Magpie
sistermagpie at 2005-04-11 16:58 (UTC) ()
Okay, I think I know 2 of them.

1.The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

10. Half Magic by Edward Eager
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primroseburrows at 2005-04-11 17:40 (UTC) ()
Yay on both!
Evie
phoenixw at 2005-04-11 17:09 (UTC) ()
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.

Um. Is that from People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, by any chance? If not, it's a startlingly similar opening sentence.

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

I'm purely guessing now, but I'm thinking this might be the Once and Future King by T.H. White. Certainly, it's Merlin's POV.
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primroseburrows at 2005-04-11 17:42 (UTC) ()
Yes on the first, no on the second. But you're close. You have the POV right.
Ceci n'est pas une comic
clio_the_muse at 2005-04-11 18:35 (UTC) ()
Heh, I was about to guess "To Kill a Mockingbird" for #10, which starts similarly, but not quite the same. Also, I'm right now kicking myself over #7 - I swear it sounds so damn familiar, but I can't place it. Sounds like Pratchett, maybe, something from Discworld? Wyrd Sisters? Stop me if I'm completely off here...

Also, I really want to know what #5 is, because that sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
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primroseburrows at 2005-04-12 01:32 (UTC) ()
Nope, but you're right that you'd enjoy #5. :)
Ceci n'est pas une comic
clio_the_muse at 2005-04-12 02:48 (UTC) ()
Oh, now you're just being a tease.
my life's so common it disappears
songdog at 2005-04-11 23:22 (UTC) ()
I only knew 6 and 10, both previously mentioned. And I'd never recognize the 3 you feel are obvious if they dropped at my feet and chattered around like teeth.

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primroseburrows at 2005-04-12 01:31 (UTC) ()
Ah, my dear, you do not know what you are missing.

You would LOVE Good Omens. I'm sure of it. It's one of those books you can't read in public because you'll embarrass yourself laughing.

It's Monty Python meets the Apocalypse. C'mon, you saw what the Pythons did with the Holy Grail. This is basically what Gaiman and Pratchett do with Armageddon.
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primroseburrows at 2005-04-12 01:34 (UTC) ()
Oh, and you also know #2. I'm positive you've read it.
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