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July 30: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books (talk about books that started or ended just perfectly or with a bang OR you could do specific opening lines or last lines.)
I’m going with beginnings–the first lines are, after all, your first impression after a book cover.
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; Mark Haddon. “It was 7 minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed.”
2. Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury. “It was a pleasure to burn.”
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”
4. Kraken; China Miéville. “An everyday doomsayer in sandwich-board abruptly walked away from what over the last several days had been his pitch, by the gates of a museum. The sign on his front was an old-school prophecy of the end: the one bobbing on his back read FORGET IT.”
5. Matilda; Roald Dahl. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
6. Pride and Prejudice; Jane Austen. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
7. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
8. Slaughterhouse-Five; Kurt Vonnegut. “All this happened, more or less.”
9. Summon the Keeper; Tanya Huff. “When the storm broke, rain pounding down in great sheets out of a black and unforgiving sky, Claire Hansen had to admit she wasn’t surprised; it had been that kind of evening.”
10. Tinker; Wen Spencer. “The wargs chased the elf over Pittsburgh Scrap and Salvage’s tall chain link fence shortly after the hyperphase gate powered down.”