Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Not always as it seems

Sometimes, the first sentence might WOW me and the rest of the book does nothing for me. For example:

I turned the Chrysler onto the Florida Turnpike with Rollo Kramer's headless body in the trunk, and all the time I'm thinking I should've put some plastic down.

That is the first sentence from Victor Gischler's book, GUN MONKEYS. One of my top favorite first sentences, but not my kind of book. Not that it was a baaad book, just wasn't my type.

Then there is the sentence below:

Chloe Larson was, as usual, in a mad and blinding rush.

This comes from RETRIBUTION, by Jilliane Hoffman. Not a stunner sentence, but the book made my top three last year.
I have her latest book, LAST WITNESS, up next.

Just goes to show you that things aren't always as they seem.


Pat B. said...

Hi, Shannon:
I love first sentences, too. Jan Burke does good ones. One of my favorites comes from "Goodnight, Irene." I don't have the book right now, but I believe it goes, "He loved to watch fat women dance." Great opener, I thought, and a very good book.

Lev Raphael has a good opening sentence in "Tropic of Murder," which I recently read. It's in his prologue: "I was a nice Jewish boy who had gone astray."

I'm enjoying your blog.
Pat B.

Shannon said...

Thanks so much for your comments and first sentences! I was hoping to see some more comments! I want people to get involved and to share.
I think a lot of people don't/won't comment because they think they have to sign up for something but I have it set so anyone can comment.
Thanks for reading with me.