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1001 First Lines: It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines. Paperback – March 2, 2012

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Scarlett Archer is an author and full time graphic designer based in Melbourne Australia. She has been writing for over fifteen years, completed over eleven novels, and her main drive is in speculative fiction or it's contrasting opposite romantic comedic novels. She has a passion for studying the art of story telling and is a grand lover of movies. Her focus in work is book cover designs which enables her to put all her energy in to the area she loves most- literature.
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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Scarlett Rugers (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987280104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987280107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was honestly expecting most of the first lines to be from classic literature... which would be interesting to readers and helpful to writers. Instead Ms. Archer nabbed first lines from adult and young adult, from paranormal to biographies, fiction and nonfiction. There were several classic novels like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Grapes of Wrath" in there... right alongside the first line from "Twilight" and Phillip K. Dick novels. Science fiction, paranormal, romance, fantasy, classics, biographies, nonfiction... it's represented. This was fascinating. Whether you're hoping to improve your own first lines or you're just excited to see if your favorite first lines made it in there--this book was a win/win.
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A fantastic inspiration and resource for writers. Great first lines can sell a novel and draw a reader into the book, but what makes a great first line? Here's 1001 of them!

As a writer, I really enjoyed looking through this book and even changed the first line of two works in progress after reading it. I also wrote down a short list of books I wanted to check out, because of their awesome first lines!
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If you are a book lover, like I am, you are bound to have some favorite first lines from your favorite books. What if you could find a book dedicated to capturing all those old familiar sayings in one book, would you be interested?

Well then look no further, 1001 First Lines, was collected and edited by Scarlett Archer just for you book lovers who sometimes will quote your lines but forget where they came from. These are all archived in a wonderful book categorized by genre type. You will find such classic authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, Roald Dahl, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Miller, Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling and many, many others captured inside the covers of this book. Here are just a small sample of what you will find:

"This is my favorite book in all the word, though I have never read it." ~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman

"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast." ~ Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book." ~ The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"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." ~ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

"A good first line cracks like a bull whip. A bad first line brings the book to its conclusion long before the last printed page.
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By JEZ on October 11, 2013
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I had so much fun reading through this book. I was looking for my favourite stories (yes, some were in there!). I think having an overview of so many first lines, is a good resource for the writers out there, and those who love literature!
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