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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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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!
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.Read more ›