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"In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below."
Phillip Pullman the First Line of The Amber Spyglass
"Dr Strauss says I should rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on."
Daniel Keyes the First Line of Flowers for Algernon
"Hador Goldenhead was a lord of the Edain and well-beloved by the Eldar."
J.R.R. Tolkien the First Line of The Children of Hurin
"From the time I was a boy the reckless streak that runs in my family has brought me nothing but trouble."
Natsume Soseki the First Line of Botchan
"I always called him 'Sensei.'"
Natsume Soseki the First Line of Kokoro
"I am a cat."
Natsume Soseki the First Line of I Am a Cat
"I had always imagined that my life story, if and when I wrote it, would have a great first line: something lyric like Nabokov's 'Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins'; or if I could not do lyric, then something sweeping like Tolstoy's 'All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.'"
Sam Savage the First Line of Firmin
"The amber light came on."
Jose Saramago the First Line of Blindness
"Two of our boys had escaped during the night, so at dawn we still hadn't left."
Kenzaburo Oe the First Line of nip the buds, shoot the kids
"All our attempts at subterfuge had been in vain."
Stephenie Meyer the First Line of Eclipse
"Kendra Sorenson briskly scraped the head of a wooden match against the rough strip on the side of a rectangular matchbox."
Brandon Mull the First Line of Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
"On a muggy August day, Seth hurried along a faint path, eyes scanning the lush foliage to his left."
Brandon Mull the First Line of Grip of the Shadow Plague
"Crowding into homeroom with the other eighth graders, Kendra found her way to her desk."
Brandon Mull the First Line of Rise of the Evening Star
"It is astonishing how little attention critics have paid to Story considered in itself."
C.S. Lewis the First Line of Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories
"Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach."
Alan Moore the First Line of Watchmen
"I want to talk about video games - yes, even violent video games - and say some positive things about them."
James Paul Gee the First Line of What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy
"The Jews started it all - and by 'it' I mean so many of the things we care about, the underlying values that make all of us, Jew and gentile, believer and atheist, tick."
Thomas Cahill the First Line of The Gift of the Jews
"As I left the railway station at Worchester and set out on the three-mile walk to Ransom's cottage, I reflected that no one on that platform could possibly guess the truth about the man I was going to visit."
C.S. Lewis the First Line of Perelandra
"Okay, so here's the deal: let's say, purely hypothetically, you're reading a book about an average sixteen-year-old kid in the summer of 1968."
Thomas C. Foster the First Line of How to Read Literature Like a Professor
"I'd never given much thought to how I would die - though I'd had reason enough in the last few months - but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this."
Stephenie Meyer the First Line of Twilight
"I felt like I was trapped in one of those terrifying nightmares, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can't make your body move fast enough."
Stephenie Meyer the First Line of New Moon
"Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith."
Robert Heinlein the First Line of Stranger in a Strange Land
"The night the Djellabas came to Duk Payuel, I remember that I had been feeling tense all over, as if my body were trying to tell me something."
John Bul Dau the First Line of God Grew Tired of Us
"Aragorn sped on up the hill."
J.R.R. Tolkien the First Line of The Two Towers
"What about a teakettle?"
Jonathan Safran Foer the First Line of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close