1. Kessie says:

    I love first lines! One of my favorites is, “The building was on fire and it wasn’t my fault,” from one of the Dresden books.

  2. HG Ferguson says:

    “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House. Considered by many, myself included, THE best opener ever penned. And all the “rules” she broke, too…

  3. Zachary Holbrook says:

    “There once was a time when only God knew the day you’d die”
    -Nadine Brandes, A Time to Die

    “So there I was, tied to an altar made out of outdated encyclopedias, about to be sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil librarians.”
    -Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians

    “Flying a biplane, especially one as rickety as a war-surplus Curtiss JN-4D, meant being ready for anything. But in Hitch’s thirteen years of experience, this was the first time “anything” had meant bodies falling out of the night sky smack in front of his plane.”
    -K.M Weiland, Storming

  4. Paul Lee says:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

  5. Keith Henry says:

    The sun was rising, and as the heat simmered in phantom waves the night things crept back into their holes.
    —Robert McCammon, Stinger

  6. Kathleen Eavenson says:

    “His princess was dusty.
    Arpien should have expected that. Anything lying undisturbed for a hundred years would gather dust…”
    Sarah R. Morin, Waking Beauty (Enclave Publishers, 2015)

  7. Audie says:

    Just because…

    While opening lines might be important, it seems like they can be very much overvalued.

    I simply cannot think of any book I’ve read, or tried to read, that I decided to continue reading because “Oh, that’s a catchy opening line”, or decided against it because, “Ugh, that opening line was so bad”.

What do you think?