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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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About the Author
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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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. Sitting around the campfire is where it started, sharing stories with family and friends beneath the stars. In jungles, in deserts, in fields and caverns, in the dark nights and the brightest sun of the dawn. First lines hush a crowd and trigger huddles. They are a striking force that tears through a writer and leaves a wake so wide it sucks them down and won't free them until the last line is written - and even then they only get a single grasp before submerging again." (pg 4).
I received 1001 First Lines by Scarlett Archer, compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours, for my honest review. As a book lover and writer, I LOVE this book. Sometimes you search high and low looking for that great opening line and in this one, you find that sometimes it just something simple that draws the reader into to your book like a worm on a hook! This is the perfect gift for anyone who is a book lover, writer or even a Literature teacher! I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and keep this one close at hand whenever frustration rises up and I just need a reminder that it doesn't have to be rocket science to be a great first line!
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!