Booking Through Thursday: Beginnings

Suggested by: Nithin

Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.

What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

Sentences… I like that, it gives you a little more to work with than the just usual opening line, you get to play with in these things normally… Not that it actually makes much difference, it’s still the same book for me any way. It immediately appealed to my fifteen year old sense of humour, it’s appealed to me the half dozen or so times I’ve read the book since, and it still appeals to my 34 year old sense of humour now. (Hey, I’m a bloke, were always being accused of never growing up anyway! :mrgreen:).

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think that digital watches are a pretty neat idea…

This is of course from, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 😀

Which does of course also contain the highly appropriate line:

“This must be a thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of thursdays.”

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