Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!
Today’s topic is: The first sentence has to have a solid punch.
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I am not sure I fully subscribe that the first sentence is the most important, but it is the book’s opening salvo that has the most challenging job. It’s got to entice the reader in early doors. Yes, true, the rest of the book has to hold the reader through to the end, but all of that is for nought if the opening segments don’t do their job and grab the reader from the outset.
But given the topic of this post is about first sentences, I am going to share the opening line or lines for Chasing Shadows and also my work in progress, As the Crow Flies. Chasing Shadows opens twenty-seven years in the past, introducing a young Edison Crow.
“Oi! Stop there! Get back here boy!”
A grubby little boy, no more than eight years or age, tore around a corner, bursting out into the marketplace, thronged with people browsing amongst the stalls. His battered leather boots, the soles patched with tatty cardboard, slapped the ground, vainly seeking purchase.
I went back and forth for quite some time debating how I was going to start Chasing Shadows. Partway through, I felt a need to introduce the young Crow, to show how he came to become the person he is later in life. And so we get the above lines.
As for my work in progress, As the Crow Flies, things start a period of time after the events of Chasing Shadows. The crew have settled into a new life outside of the borders of the Republic of the High Commission.
Crow was feeling the heat. Sweat ran down his face, and slicked his skin. His clothes stuck to his body. It was getting darker, and his vision was diminishing, obscured in a fog. His breathing was getting heavier. He could barely see his hand in front of his face. His legs felt heavy. Lifting his arms was a chore. Something felt like it was dragging at his back.
And for a little balance, I thought I’d share a couple of my all-time favourite book opening lines. The first is from The Gunslinger by Stephen King: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
The second comes from Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol: “Marley was dead, to begin with.“
Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite opening lines from books are!