Steve T Power wrote:Memorable first line of a book or short story
1. ''Ryan was nearly killed twice in half an hour'' - Patriot Games -Tom Clancy
2. "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." - Neuromancer - William Gibson
3. "Call me Ishmael." - Moby Dick - Herman Melville
4. "It was love at first sight." - Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
5. "A screaming comes across the sky." - Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
6. "Listen: Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time"--Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
7. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" - Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
8. "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem broke his arm badly at the elbow." - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
9. "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." - Ulysses - James Joyce
10. "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 - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." - A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
11. "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."--The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
12. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." - 1984, George Orwell
13. "At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-Seventh Year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy." - The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
Maybe we could include croquet as well?
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