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Hooks of Books

A well-linked site to be sure - but I include myself a suckerfish for Opening Hooks, a site dedicated to presenting readers with the opening paragraphs or lines of textual fiction. I would have to struggle not to continue reading on past the cleverer of setups. I love invitations such as the following:
The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader"
C.S. Lewis

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb,
and he almost deserved it. ...”
Go on, potential authors. Even more! H.P. Lovecraft made a formula, somewhat obvious - often compelling. "It is true that I have sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer." Really? Yes. Tell me more.

Ursula's pulls at me: "Miriam stood at the big window of the infirmary ward and looked out at the view and thought, for twenty-five years I have been standing at this window and looking out at this view. And never once have I seen what I wanted to see."

"Why", I wonder while expanding the spine and peeling back the cover even further.
posted at August 29, 2004, 5:21 PM


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