Posts Categorized: First Lines

First Lines: Karakter

Jacob Willem Katadreuffe, the hero of F. Bordewijk’s literary classic Karakter, is—excuse the pun—a bit of a character. Just like his mother, he is stubborn and not willing or able to accept charity, favors, or a helping hand. And you can blame his father as well. That man definitely is a piece of work. He… Read more »

First Lines: The Damnation Game

Three weeks after finishing Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game I still do not know what to make of it. While it started out interesting enough with a thief searching the ruins of Warsaw for a mysterious, unbeatable card-player. Then, fast-forward, it is several decades later, and a reclusive millionaire hires a boxer turned small-time criminal… Read more »

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First Lines: Unidentified Funny Objects 2

Right after I finished reading Unidentified Funny Objects, I cracked open volume two. Figuratively speaking, of course, as breaking my e-reader would be a waste. Like the first volume, UFO2 contains a smothering of funny stories. Some favorites: “Class Action Orc” by James Beamon in which an imprisoned orc acts as a public defender for… Read more »

First Lines: Unidentified Funny Objects

Quite some time ago, I backed a Kickstarter for Unidentified Funny Objects (edited by Alex Shvartsman), a collection of hilarious science fiction and fantasy stories, because such anthologies did not yet exist. Later, I backed the sequel and part three as well. As I didn’t get ‘round to reading them, I skipped the fourth volume…. Read more »

First Lines: Stranger Things Happen

Kelly Link’s Stranger Things Happen is her debut collection of short stories, and the second one I read. And I think I liked the other one better, because–wait for it–stranger things happened. Not that this one doesn’t have its qualities. Far from it. It’s just … well, I don’t really know just what it is,… Read more »