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DirtyMartini
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:23:00 PM

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This might interest some friends here who are trying to become happier hookers...happy8

First Sentences of Great Books
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hardnhot18
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:39:07 PM

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A few of my faves, since this thread's still kicking:

"The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious."

Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

"It was a pleasure to burn."

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

Neuromancer, William Gibson
DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:46:48 PM

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Here's one for you Reverend...not sure I would spend years writing an opening sentence, but who am I to argue with Stephen?

Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/why-stephen-king-spends-months-and-even-years-writing-opening-sentences/278043/?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-5e3718848f-304828229



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Metilda
Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7:00:01 PM

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RumpleForeskin wrote:

From the P.D. James mystery, "The Private Patient"
"On November the 21st, the day of her 47th birthday and three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwin went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon,and there, in a consulting room designed, so it appeared,to inspire confidence and allay apprehension, would make the decision which would lead inexorbly to her death."

(note: I transcribed this from a recorded version. All spelling and punctuation errors are mine. I'm not even sure if she used numbers for the date and age or spelled them out.)

To me, this is one of the best 'long' openings I've come across. It's not punchy and there are no 'action points' but IMO the average reader would never put the book down after reading that sentence.

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I disagree with this one and a few others that are run on sentences. It's a put off, not a hook. It makes me wonder if the author forgot what they were writing.

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