- “The last camel collapsed at noon.” (My favorite.)
- “Where’s papa going with that axe?” (That one’s good too.)
I highly recommend checking out his entire list.
I got to thinking that it would be fun to pull out our first lines and see how they stand up. Here goes.
The Paris Lawyer, by Sylvie Granotier: “One early afternoon, in all other ways like any other afternoon, her mother takes her out in her stroller, soothing her with a laughing mom’s voice.”
Treachery in Bordeaux, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen: “The morning was cool and radiant. A west wind had swept the clouds far inland to the gentle hills beyond the city of Bordeaux.”
The 7th Woman, by Frédérique Molay: “It felt like lightning had struck him.”
A Cursed Week, the first story in the 52 Serial Shorts collection: “Let me introduce myself: My name is Monday.”
The Bleiberg Project by David Khara: “Two years. Two long years in the frozen hell of northern Poland.”
Greenland: The Thriller by Bernard Besson: “Lars Jensen felt the ground tremble beneath the snow.”
OK, Greenland wins for me. What do you think? I would say they all set the tone well for each book. Anybody have any favorite first lines out there?