Can You Judge a Book by Its First Line?
July 18, 2013 1 Comment
You can’t judge a book by its cover, right? How about judging a book by its first line?
In recent weeks I’ve read four novels by different authors, all of them mysteries. In chronological order these books were first published in 1989, 1995, 1999, and 2002.
#1: “A blizzard raged on the glacier.”
#2: “Three days before her death, my mother told me—these weren’t her last words, but they were pretty close—that my brother was still alive.”
#3: “God, I hate air travel.”
#4: “When they ask me to become President of the United States I’m going to say, ‘Except for Washington DC.'”
If you can identify the author and title for all four of these quotations, you deserve a free copy of each. Of course, we don’t always get what we deserve.
Maybe you can match quotations with year of publication?
Or maybe you can guess which of these books I liked most . . .
[In two days, I’ll connect the dots.]