Guardian’s 50 best first lines

Guardian

We are often told how important it is to make a good first impression. Books model this for us beautifully. I often pick up books and if I don’t get that voice first off I often do not want to read on. Those first lines are one of the quickest ways to judge books and if they get it wrong you are not always likely to give a second chance. It is such a personal and intimate thing reading a book and it takes time. If I am going to share that sort of intimacy and spend so much time on something I need to believe that I am going to be entertained, enthralled, maybe even appalled at times, but most certainly I want that initial sentence to grab me and tell me that this will be worth my while.

The Guardian Newspaper in the UK has just posted a lovely little article on the 10 best lines in fiction. Even though I would have preferred 50, this will do 🙂

Guardian

Guardian

We are often told how important it is to make a good first impression. Books model this for us beautifully. I often pick up books and if I don’t get that voice first off I often do not want to read on. Those first lines are one of the quickest ways to judge books and if they get it wrong you are not always likely to give a second chance. It is such a personal and intimate thing reading a book and it takes time. If I am going to share that sort of intimacy and spend so much time on something I need to believe that I am going to be entertained, enthralled, maybe even appalled at times, but most certainly I want that initial sentence to grab me and tell me that this will be worth my while.

The Guardian Newspaper in the UK has just posted a lovely little article on the 10 best lines in fiction. Even though I would have preferred 50, this will do 🙂

 

Challenge

Every reader loves a book challenge. Here’s one that’s bound to keep me busy for a while. Penguin Australia’s ‘Books You Must Read Before You Die’. I will exclude the ones that I have already read and then work my way through the rest.

I have decided that I need to cut down on my spending on books too, so as much as possible I will borrow these books from libraries and buy them from library book sales. These sales are a great way of getting good books for next to nothing and helping your local library.

Finished the Fugue

I completed the novel a few days ago with a bit of sadness, that it was done. I really enjoyed reading it and now have to get the rest of Clive Barker’s work. The third part of the novel began with a bit less action than the rest, with Shadwell and Hobart looking for the Scourge. Things quickly heated up ( literally!) when they headed back to England to search for the Kind. The tension racks up a bit here and then stays at a high pitch for the rest of the time. The ending was well done and not predictable at all. Clever, imaginative writing, fast paced and well structured. Highly recommended.