THURSDAY 13: Novel 1st LInes | Part 3 -

THURSDAY 13: Novel 1st LInes | Part 3

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27. Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.

William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist, [1971]

28. Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later.

Gena Showalter, The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, [2008]


29. The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. 

H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, [1895]

30. The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World.

Libba Bray, Going Bovine, [2009] My Review | My Teaser Tuesday |Book Website


31. Nobody was really surprised when it happened, not really, not on the subconscious level where savage things grow. 

Stephen King, Carrie, [1974] (My edition is just "Carrie"- The list of Stephen King's previous books on the inside cover amount to a measly five! LOL)

32. Last Night I dreamt I went to Manderly again. 

Daphne DuMaurier, Rebecca, [1938] 


33. Two former loves of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with their backs to the February chill.

Ian McEwan, Amsterdam, [1998]


34. It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.

Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, [1980] 

35. When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.

JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, [1954] 


36. One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. 

Franz Kavka, Metamorphosis, [1912 ]

37. It's way too early in the morning for dead people.

James Patterson and Howard Roughman, You've Been Warned, [2007]

38. The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective. 

James Patterson, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, [2005]

39. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. [Oh, c'mon - what's not to love about this?]

Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, [1859]

  What's your Thursday 13?


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  1. I'm loving your list of first lines!!!

  2. Thanks Janet! :) I just can't stop now I've started.

  3. No. 28 sounds like torture upfront lol! No. 37 rather funny. No. 38 is an astute observation.

  4. There's some real class in that list.

  5. Love it. I missed your first two so I will have to go back and read them.

  6. Aha!! Earlier, there was no box for me to leave you a comment. Now, I see it. Strange things happening while I peruse through my browser today.

    I love books as I said last week...reading is a passion. You and I both, I see, quoted the same Dickens' work today.

    MY 13 - below Thursday Thunks!! Have a great day.

  7. Wonderful list. I've enjoyed a few of those myself.

  8. I tell you - the right first line can send a shiver through a reader, and you've got some doozies up there!

    I confess my favorite first line is Stephen King, from The Gunslinger: "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

    ...sigh... One day, I will write a line as perfect as this. I swear it!

    Happy TT!

  9. Some more classic lines. I have to admit that I steer clear of Steven King but he writes some great stuff. I love that series of Ginas. I remember reading that line and thinking, "wow".

  10. That's the 2nd time today I've seen that Dicken's quote. Even wondered if I'd visited your link twice. :-) But it is definitely a favorite of mine.

    My T13: Regrets

  11. What a great idea. i loved all of the book covers.

    T13 - "A"

  12. Anonymous12:12 am

    Great lines! Rebecca is one of my favorites.

  13. Anonymous4:16 am

    I wonder if the first line from Tale of Two Cities isn't the longest first line ever? It's pretty clever. I love the first line from the Fellowship of the Ring too.

  14. Amazing. Especially A Tale of Two Cities, after the brevity of most of the others. My favorites from your list are Rebecca, Amsterdam and Earthly Powers.

    My T13 is an art show featuring my uncle, the Renaissance man.


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