Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

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Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby JTass » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:35 pm

It's been very quiet on the forum lately. I thought I'd try to encourage some activity, so here's a new question for everyone to chime in on:

What's your favorite opening line from a novel (not necessarily from Mr. Modesitt's works)?

I'll start...

"The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault."
Blood Rites, Dresden Files # 6 by Jim Butcher
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Considering the principles involved, what are the odds that Murphy's Law is named after the wrong guy?
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby voralfred » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:52 pm

"I am afraid."
Barrayar, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Incidentally, the odds Murphy's law was named after the wrong guy is 100%. It should clearly have been named after me !
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby Ghost » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:39 pm

Sometimes it is the combination of the first and second lines:

The Prince was dead. Since the King was not, no unseemly rejoicing dared showed in the faces of the men atop the castle gate.

The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you,
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby Ghost » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:48 pm

The angels of darkness made the Roof of the World their home, and after deceiving the followers of light who had eagerly welcomed them, they wielded the ancient and dreadful weapons of Heaven and vanquished those who rejoiced in the light.

The Chaos Balance by L.E. Modesitt
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:12 pm

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"The door dilated."

I don't know if this has actually been used, but Robert A. Heinlein claimed it is an excellent opening for a science fiction story.
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby Sha^ul Gar » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:29 pm

"I was bathing in the lake when I saw the unicorn."

Perhaps not the best of all time, but it comes from my personal all time favorite novel, "Ariel, a book of the change." It's a book that I've read and reread so many times that I could likely rewrite it nearly verbatim from memory alone.
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Re: Awfully Quiet Around Here Lately... Shall we play a game?

Postby Mythbhavd » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:25 am

"A typewriter shattered my destiny." The Time in Between by Maria Duenas. This was an interesting book I read about four years ago. It's about a young woman in Spain around the beginning of WWII.
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