Some of my favorite opening lines from novels...

  • "Thursday, March 17, I spent the morning in anxiety, the afternoon in ecstasy, and the evening unconscious." -- Risk -- Dick Francis
  • Yup. That's a book I'm going to read.
  • “It was a pleasure to burn” -- Fahrenheit 451 –- Ray Bradbury
  • Great book. Great line.
  • “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” -- 1984 -- George Orwell
  • Finally read the whole thing, and can still say I think this is a great opening line. It sets just the right level of creepiness.
  • “In this great crucible of life we call the world--in the vaster one we call the universe--the mysteries lie close packed, uncountable as grains of sand on ocean's shores. -- The Metal Monster -- A. Merritt
  • A Merritt’s prose can sometimes feel a little heavy. The Metal Monster is probably my least favorite of his books, but man, I love that line.
  • “The great upturned bowl of the Plains’s sky was drenched with the blood of sunset.” -- The Storm Lord -- Tanith Lee
  • I love reading Tanith Lee. So much of her prose reads like poetry, and her imagery is so vivid. Great stuff.
  • “Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable.” -- Dealing with Dragons -- Patricia C. Wrede
  • I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ever read by Wrede, and this line still makes me smile every time I read it.
  • "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” -- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- C. S. Lewis
  • Classic, just classic.
  • "I was covered in blood, but it wasn't mine, so it was okay.” -- Obsidian Butterfly -- Laurell K. Hamilton
  • I had heard a lot of hype about the Anita Blake books, both good and bad, but had never gotten around to reading any myself. I picked up a copy of Obsidian Butterfly at my sister’s house just to look, and this one sentence more than anything else convinced me I had to at least give them a try.
  • “For a woman plummeting a thousand feet to her death, Synalon Etuul was uncommonly relaxed.” -- In the Shadow of Omizantrim -- Robert E. Vardeman
  • OK… this one wins the prize as my all time favorite opening line from a novel. I have no words for this. It is just too brilliant.
Author Comments: 

Just a random collection of opening lines from novels. I'll probably add more as I encounter/recall them.

The Dawn Treader line is certainly one of my favorites!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs