Posts Categorized: First Lines

First lines: An Abundance of Katherines

When it comes to relationships, everyone has a type. Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. He has dated—and been dumped by—19 Katherines. In the wake of The K-19 Debacle, Colin—an anagram-obsessed washed-up child prodigy—heads out on a road trip with his overweight, Judge Judy-loving friend Hassan. With 10,000 dollars in his pocket and a… Read more »

First lines: Thinner

Lawyer Billy Halleck got away with it. He ran over an old gypsy woman in the street, and his buddies the chief of police and the judge swept it cleanly under the rug. When the overweight Halleck starts to lose weight, he just knows that he was cursed by that old gypsy he met at… Read more »

First lines: Misery

Paul Sheldon was lucky: even though he was intoxicated while he wrecked his car in a snowstorm, he lived to tell the tale. And telling tales, well, that just happens to be his occupation. Annie Wilkes, a former nurse and incidentally his Number One Fan, pulled him from the wreckage of his car, took him… Read more »

First lines: Heroes of the Valley

On the second day of my trip to Dublin I found myself without anything to read. So I went out, book shopping. That’s when I picked up a copy of Jonathan Stroud’s latest novel, Heroes of the Valley.The book is set in some medieval, vaguely Nordic setting, and deals with an ordinary boy who dreams… Read more »