Books With Our Favorite First Lines

List of the Month
Junho 2023 (see all)
Descrição
First impressions are powerful, and the first lines of the books we read can pack quite a punch. Our List of the Month this June is devoted to the books with our favorite first lines. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please do not downvote titles, as judgment in these matters is subjective.
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80,986 membros
1,371 resenhas
½ 4.4
25 Members
rosalita, anglemark, LadyUndomiel, magnetgrrl, mldg, dewasus1, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, merrystar, victoriapeak, sturlington, kleh, susanbooks, michigantrumpet, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong, asiralh, Boand, steller0707, teesamai, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
amanda4242: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
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94,815 membros
1,192 resenhas
½ 4.3
3
20,831 membros
614 resenhas
4.2
4
36,818 membros
456 resenhas
3.9
17 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, lahochstetler, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, merrystar, kleh, perennialreader, Tess_W, Boand, CharlesTheB, TMCTX, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: 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.
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82,261 membros
1,274 resenhas
4.2
16 Members
lorax, Cecilturtle, paradoxosalpha, kleo, sturlington, souloftherose, susanbooks, katemcangus, al.vick, ahef1963, AntonioGallo, asiralh, steller0707, CharlesTheB, tekitora, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
AntonioGallo: Phrases such as "Big Brother is watching you" and "doublethink" have entered the lexicon and are often used to describe similar situations in modern times.
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38,928 membros
723 resenhas
4.2
16 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, yoyogod, abbottthomas, elenchus, Porua, al.vick, ahef1963, kristilabrie, timetunnel, SandraArdnas, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
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25,540 membros
258 resenhas
4
16 Members
scampus, LadyUndomiel, sharder, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, masterdeski, merrystar, sturlington, EMS_24, al.vick, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, slimikin
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
8
24,839 membros
527 resenhas
4.1
9
54,119 membros
1,002 resenhas
4
10
38,603 membros
632 resenhas
4.1
13 Members
Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, lahochstetler, dewasus1, saskia17, Cecrow, PitcherBooks, kleh, perennialreader, katemcangus, Tess_W, CharlesTheB, HH_Library
Explicações
perennialreader: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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9,230 membros
294 resenhas
4.1
12
2,335 membros
39 resenhas
4
12 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, abbottthomas, dewasus1, elenchus, victoriapeak, kleh, RBeffa, susanbooks, Boand, steller0707, loulourevisited
Explicações
susanbooks: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
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9,809 membros
433 resenhas
3.9
10 Members
rosalita, pitjrw, sturlington, Porua, ahef1963, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
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23,111 membros
379 resenhas
3.9
9 Members
hipdeep, kleo, GuyMontag, Cecrow, elenchus, souloftherose, vwinsloe, timetunnel, Mguod
Explicações
Cecrow: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
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15,151 membros
138 resenhas
½ 3.5
8 Members
paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, elenchus, kleh, susanbooks, ahef1963, elahrairah, PureChaos
Explicações
susanbooks: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.
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39,636 membros
961 resenhas
4
8 Members
Aquila, Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, dewasus1, masterdeski, TMCTX, Tosta, PureChaos
Explicações
Aquila: "It was a dark and stormy night."
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19,022 membros
326 resenhas
3.9
7 Members
scampus, dewasus1, saskia17, Tess_W, al.vick, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong
Explicações
AbigailAdams26: “All children, except one, grow up."
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44,557 membros
697 resenhas
4.2
6 Members
lorax, pitjrw, kleo, perennialreader, SandraArdnas, CharlesTheB
Explicações
SandraArdnas: 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. (...) The world was so recent that many things lacked names
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24,018 membros
213 resenhas
4.1
6 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, elenchus, AntonioGallo, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
AntonioGallo: I prefer "Inferno" since it is known for its exploration of moral and ethical issues. Dante uses the sins and punishments of the various characters to comment on the nature of sin, justice, and divine retribution. This gives the book a timeless quality that continues to resonate with readers today. Life, sometimes, is just like Inferno
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28,201 membros
505 resenhas
4
6 Members
lahochstetler, susanbooks, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
21
5,573 membros
350 resenhas
4.1
5 Members
lizzy50usa, souloftherose, asiralh, Tosta, slimikin
Explicações
souloftherose: "I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module..."
22
20,444 membros
558 resenhas
4.1
5 Members
lahochstetler, sturlington, msemmag, teesamai, jsclar
Explicações
sturlington: The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
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18,571 membros
1,266 resenhas
4.1
5 Members
saskia17, flying_monkeys, msjudy, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicações
saskia17: The circus arrives without warning.
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44,129 membros
708 resenhas
4.1
5 Members
rosalita, elenchus, ahef1963, SandraArdnas, Tosta
Explicações
SandraArdnas: All this happened, more or less.
25
23,889 membros
988 resenhas
4.2
5 Members
chin2chin, masterdeski, Tess_W, al.vick, HH_Library
Explicações
al.vick: Prologue: "People disappear all the time."
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36,261 membros
1,025 resenhas
4.2
27
35,555 membros
545 resenhas
3.8
5 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited
Explicações
Cecrow: "Call me Ishmael."
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24,947 membros
532 resenhas
½ 4.3
5 Members
paradoxosalpha, merrystar, al.vick, ahef1963, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."
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12,566 membros
260 resenhas
4.1
4 Members
anglemark, msemmag, CharlesTheB, kay.emme
Explicações
anglemark: "You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, 'If on a winter's night a traveler'."
30
18,246 membros
1,248 resenhas
½ 4.3
4 Members
al.vick, timetunnel, HH_Library, PatrickBenner
Explicações
al.vick: "I'm pretty much fucked."
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5,247 membros
99 resenhas
3.9
4 Members
otori, kleh, perennialreader, loulourevisited
Explicações
otori: “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
perennialreader: I had a Farm in Africa.
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10,770 membros
125 resenhas
3.9
4 Members
PitcherBooks, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
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21,719 membros
420 resenhas
3.8
4 Members
amanda4242, susanbooks, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicações
amanda4242: "No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine."
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22,876 membros
495 resenhas
3.8
3 Members
scampus, ianreads, sturlington
Explicações
sturlington: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
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481 membros
12 resenhas
3.8
4 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, yoyogod, elenchus
Explicações
yoyogod: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
36
4,526 membros
185 resenhas
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, asiralh
Explicações
Aquila: "In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth."
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13,532 membros
207 resenhas
½ 4.3
4 Members
scampus, elenchus, susanbooks, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
susanbooks: Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
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15,990 membros
384 resenhas
4
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, DoomLuz
Explicações
Aquila: "I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination."
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40,137 membros
386 resenhas
4
3 Members
anglemark, sharder, loulourevisited
Explicações
anglemark: μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε
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36,312 membros
743 resenhas
4.1
3 Members
sharder, barefootsong, Mark.Milton
Explicações
barefootsong: "Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."
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3,220 membros
60 resenhas
4
3 Members
lorax, anglemark, Boand
Explicações
anglemark: "It was the day my grandmother exploded."
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35,616 membros
508 resenhas
3.9
3 Members
Cecilturtle, Boand, CharlesTheB
Explicações
Cecilturtle: Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
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11,172 membros
182 resenhas
4.2
3 Members
Cecilturtle, kleh, susanbooks
Explicações
susanbooks: For a long time I used to go to bed early.
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5,111 membros
147 resenhas
4
3 Members
anglemark, kristilabrie, msemmag
Explicações
kristilabrie: "Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster?"
45
5,202 membros
105 resenhas
½ 4.5
3 Members
hipdeep, EerierIdyllMeme, lahochstetler
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: On the copyright page: "This is a very dull page. What is on the next page?"
46
11,320 membros
157 resenhas
4.1
3 Members
saskia17, PitcherBooks, merrystar
Explicações
saskia17: Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
47
5,791 membros
75 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
vwinsloe, SandraArdnas
Explicações
vwinsloe: "If this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done."
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17,547 membros
425 resenhas
½ 4.3
3 Members
merrystar, sturlington, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
sturlington: There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.
49
6,403 membros
164 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
scampus, merrystar
Explicações
merrystar: If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane, all you have to do is ask the policeman at the crossroad.
50
3,747 membros
74 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
SavvyScot, amanda4242
Explicações
amanda4242: "to wound the autumnal city."
51
19,183 membros
346 resenhas
4
2 Members
saskia17, DoomLuz
Explicações
saskia17: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
52
20,768 membros
276 resenhas
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, PeanutNoir
Explicações
PeanutNoir: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
53
2,113 membros
22 resenhas
4
2 Members
victoriapeak, RBeffa
Explicações
RBeffa: I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
54
1,276 membros
82 resenhas
½ 3.5
2 Members
LadyUndomiel, asiralh
Explicações
asiralh: “Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking young gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.”
55
18,475 membros
310 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, fvenez
Explicações
hipdeep: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
56
10,322 membros
284 resenhas
4
2 Members
rosalita, abbottthomas
Explicações
abbottthomas: It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
57
1,156 membros
22 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, SandraArdnas
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: There were angels in the glass, two four six many of them, each one shuffling into his place in line like an alderman at the Lord Mayor's show.
58
52,223 membros
706 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
tina1969, Tess_W
Explicações
Tess_W: “I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.”
59
4,800 membros
115 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, pitjrw
Explicações
hipdeep: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
60
1,420 membros
176 resenhas
4.1
2 Members
otori, vwinsloe
Explicações
vwinsloe: "He began to die when he was twenty-one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle."
61
684 membros
11 resenhas
4.2
2 Members
anglemark, slimikin
Explicações
anglemark: "My friend Hergal had killed himself again."
62
2,367 membros
35 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
kleo, msjudy
Explicações
msjudy: And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered about him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the city of Pidruid.
63
1,265 membros
37 resenhas
3.8
2 Members
pitjrw, perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
64
6,553 membros
171 resenhas
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, katemcangus
Explicações
rosalita: "A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which, to look ahead."
65
21,265 membros
217 resenhas
½ 3.7
2 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB
Explicações
Cecrow: "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...."
66
78,777 membros
1,434 resenhas
½ 4.4
2 Members
kleo, perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
67
30,613 membros
453 resenhas
4.1
68
19,389 membros
325 resenhas
4.1
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, elenchus
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.
69
4,126 membros
83 resenhas
4.2
2 Members
al.vick, SandraArdnas
Explicações
al.vick: "This isn't at all what I expected. In 1985, by some sort of journalistic accident I was sent to Madagascar with Mark Carwardine to look for an almost extinct form of lemur called the aye-aye. None of the three of us had ever met before. I had never met Mark, Mark had never met me, and no one, apparently, had seen an aye-aye in years."
70
795 membros
35 resenhas
4
2 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CharlesTheB
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: There once lived, at a series of temporary addresses across the United States of America, a traveling man of Indian origin, advancing years, and retreating mental powers, who, on account of his love for mindless television, had spent far too much of his life in the yellow light of tawdry motel rooms watching an excess of it, and had suffered a peculiar form of brain damage as a result.
71
1 membro
2 Members
hipdeep, Tess_W
Explicações
hipdeep: En arkhêi ên ho lógos, kaì ho lógos ên pròs tòn theón, kaì theòs ên ho lógos. | In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Tess_W: In the beginning was the Word.
72
18,842 membros
886 resenhas
½ 4.3
2 Members
Tess_W, msjudy
Explicações
msjudy: At dusk they fall from the sky.
73
4,762 membros
150 resenhas
4
2 Members
Tess_W, al.vick
Explicações
al.vick: "My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred."
74
7,571 membros
191 resenhas
4.2
2 Members
saskia17, msemmag
Explicações
saskia17: The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.
75
18,194 membros
451 resenhas
3.9
Member
kristilabrie
Explicações
kristilabrie: "In eighteenth century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages."
76
13,987 membros
247 resenhas
4.1
Member
otori
Explicações
otori: “Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ”
77
13,894 membros
264 resenhas
4
Member
Micheller7
Explicações
Micheller7: “It was Wang Lung’s wedding day.” I have remembered this line for about 65 years.
78
12,618 membros
265 resenhas
4
Member
dud5ers
79
12,548 membros
222 resenhas
3.9
Member
sharder
80
12,242 membros
120 resenhas
3.9
Member
EerierIdyllMeme
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
81
10,787 membros
141 resenhas
4.1
Member
paradoxosalpha
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: A screaming comes across the sky.
82
7,489 membros
326 resenhas
3.9
Member
Archakr
Explicações
Archakr: "Kell wore a very peculiar coat."
83
6,760 membros
197 resenhas
3.9
Member
Moloch
Explicações
Moloch: "Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." It's the book that speaks directly to the reader; I was instantly hooked.
84
6,626 membros
125 resenhas
½ 4.3
Member
perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.
85
5,986 membros
97 resenhas
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Explicações
Yuki-Onna: I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
86
4,550 membros
132 resenhas
3.8
Member
Porua
Explicações
Porua: In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
87
4,212 membros
233 resenhas
4.2
Member
Brubow
Explicações
Brubow: "Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-bareled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there."
88
3,557 membros
89 resenhas
3.9
Member
LibraryCin
Explicações
LibraryCin: Three days before her death, my mother told me -- these weren't her last words, but they were pretty lose -- that my brother was still alive.
89
3,471 membros
132 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
PeanutNoir
Explicações
PeanutNoir: "They threw me off the hay truck about noon."
90
2,519 membros
83 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
sinki
Explicações
sinki: "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months."
91
1,793 membros
39 resenhas
4.2
Member
exhocforte
Explicações
exhocforte: "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."
92
546 membros
19 resenhas
3.8
Member
abbottthomas
Explicações
abbottthomas: Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him.
93
486 membros
9 resenhas
4.2
Member
barefootsong
Explicações
barefootsong: "When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king." This first line has stuck with me since I first read this in sixth grade.
94
342 membros
11 resenhas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: "When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."
95
246 membros
22 resenhas
4
Member
AbigailAdams26
Explicações
AbigailAdams26: Mr. C'Mere's first line: "Humans were diggers and buriers, the cat thought, like dogs." Zoë's first line: "I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart."
96
101 membros
1 resenha
4
Member
prosfilaes
Explicações
prosfilaes: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
97
79 membros
2 resenhas
½ 3.6
Member
EMS_24
Explicações
EMS_24: 'Except for the man who thought Sarphatistraat was the most beautiful place in Europe, I have never known a more curious fellow than the 'bummer/ deadbeat/ .'' - "Behalve den man, die de Sarphatistraat de mooiste plek van Europa vond, heb ik nooit een wonderlijker kerel gekend dan den uitvreter."
98
19 membros
½ 4.3
Member
cpg
Explicações
cpg: "Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room."
99
6 membros
Member
paulmdh
100
31,785 membros
565 resenhas
4.1