• Emerald

    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
    – The Gunslinger, book 1 of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

  • weirdperson

    “‘What’s it like putting your arm up a cow’s bottom’ Joe Brook asked.”
    Paw Prints In The Snow by Sally Grindley

  • Avada

    “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

    ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

  • Iain Walker

    Two very obvious ones that sprint to mind are:

    “Last night I dreamed of Manderley again.”
    Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

    “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
    Neuromancer, by William Gibson

    • Iain Walker

      Spring to mind, even – although “spint” works too, I suppose.

      • Iain Walker

        I have lost the ability to spell, apparently.

  • DM Genise Estremadura

    My most favorite of all time:

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” — 100 years of solitude, g.g. marquez

  • Delvirah Sabatini

    “Ashes were falling from the sky.” -The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1), by Brandon Sanderson

    With that simple sentence, Brandon introduces this whole new world that he created and readers immediately wonder, why do ashes fall from the sky.

  • Janet Sutherland Bavido

    “People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen very day.” –True Grit

  • Emily Flynn

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” – A Tale of Two Cities

  • Emily Flynn

    “Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.” – A Christmas Carol

  • Donald Shaffer

    The building was on fire. It wasn’t my fault. Dresden files book 1, Blood Rites

  • Heather

    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    • RKitty01

      that is the best first line