Posts Categorized: First Lines

First lines: Coraline

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, soon to be a major stop-motion picture, is the story about a little girl who finds a world, slightly different from her own. There, she’s trapped by her ‘other’ mother (who has sown-on buttons for eyes) and she has to use all her cunning and bravery to get herself out of that… Read more »

First lines: Small Gods

Of the six Discworld novels I’ve read so far, Small Gods the best. No contest. It pokes at religion, and while doing so, it comes up with some clever and funny observations, and asks some interesting (if not philosophical) questions. Like, what if, in a world where the power of  a god is proportional to… Read more »

First lines: Let the Right One In

Earlier this year, I was browsing through the site of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, when the trailer for the Swedish movie Let the Right One In (based on the book Låt Den Rätte Komma In van John Ajvide Lindqvist) caught my attention. Usually, I’m not at all interested in horror movies, but the story… Read more »

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First lines: Brisingr

Like it’s subtitle Brisingr —or— The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer and Saphira Bjartskular (Book Three of the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini) could have benefited from an editor. Or at least, when Paolini said that he needed a fourth book to resolve all plot lines, his publisher should have insisted that there was no… Read more »

First lines: Secret Windows

Let’s see: a post about Jim Steinman, one about Meat Loaf, wouldn’t that mean that another Stephen King one should follow right about now? And by the needle work of Freyja, here it is! Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing contains a wide range of short stories (mostly available in other… Read more »