Posts Categorized: First Lines

First Lines: Inventing Elliot

At his old school, Elliot was the target of relentless bullying, but now that he gets to make a new start at a new school, he gets a chance to reinvent himself: by standing out just enough not to be noticed, he hopes to get ignored by the Big Meanies. Of course, even in teenage-fiction,… Read more »

Posted , filed under First Lines & tagged with .

First Lines: The Master & Margarita

With Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master & Margarita I waded my first, cautionary steps into the pool of Russian literature. The novel is set in 1920’s Soviet Russia, where three story lines interweave: the one where Satan’s minions wreck havoc in Moscow, the one set in Jerusalem where Pontius Pilate condemns a tree-hugging hippie philosopher to… Read more »

First Lines: This Is How You Die

After the success of the first Machine of Death collection, there would of course be a sequel. This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death is that sequel, and its backstory is still the same: The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell,… Read more »

Posted , filed under First Lines & tagged with .

First Lines: Unidentified Funny Objects 3

Like its predecessors, most of Unidentified Funny Objects 3 was a hoot, and again, all over the place: In “Master of Business Apocalypse” (Jakob Drud) a company specialized in apocalypse prevention gets a new CEO. “Company Store” by Robert Silverberg deals with a colonist who kinda gets conned by the company that sent him into… Read more »