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My ten first liners

Following parakkum's and meta's lead, here are the first lines of 10 books I like. I think that I have chosen relatively easy books, though I've tried to spread the genre's around. Clicking on the links will give you the entire first page of the book, as well as the answer (check the URL).

  1. Current theories on the creation of the Universe state that, if it was created at all and didn't just start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being between ten and twenty thousand million years ago.

  2. It is often said that America "invented" democracy.

  3. "You would need an engineering degree from MIT to work this," someone once told me, shaking his head in puzzlement over his brand new digital watch.

  4. Anyone who watches even the slightest amount of TV is familiar with the scene: An agent knocks on the door of some seemingly ordinary home or office.

  5. Our thinking is filled with assessments of quantity, an approximate or exact sense of number, amount, size, scale.

  6. "Filipinos are a warm, caring, giving people," Avi says, "which is a good thing since so many of them carry concealed weapons."

  7. After Slitscan, Laney heard about another job from Rydell, the night security man at the Chateau.

  8. I was born in the city of Bombay... once upon a time.

  9. The amber light came on.

  10. Welcome to Java.

Comments (3)


From a book I've been recommended:

"Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Four shots ripped into my groin and I was off on the greatest adventure of my life!"


for sure:
3, 5, 6, 8. All might well have made my list.

Guesses at 1,2 and 10... unless of course #10 is a tourist's guide to indonesia.


oooh surprise, i didn't get #4 even though i've read it.

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