What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?
My favorites are most likely the favorites of everyone else... you know... the "famous" first lines:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again" (Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier)
And a couple less well-known:
"So, there I was, tied to an altar made from out-dated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians." (Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians, Brandon Sanderson)
"First the colors. Then the humans. That's usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try." (The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.... technically not a sentence, but a paragraph I guess... )
Though I love first sentences and am fascinated by them, they will not make or break a book for me... that's for sure.
Raidergirl listed a bunch of first line quizzes on her post... go check those out for fun when you feel the mood!