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Book meme!

April 18th, 2005 (10:35 am)
contemplative

current mood: contemplative
current song: Garbage - Version 2.0

Book Meme (taken from bastardsnow)

1. Choose five of your all time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.


1) The big groundcar jerked to a stop centimetres from the vehicle ahead of it, and Armsman Pym, driving, swore under his breath. A Civil Campaign – Lois McMaster Bujold

2) I was following Derry Welfram at a prudent fifty paces when he stumbled, fell face down on the wet tarmac and lay still. The Edge – Dick Francis

3) It was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me.

4) The trouble started the day Howard came home from school to find the Goon sitting in the kitchen. Archer’s Goon – Diana Wynne Jones

5) "So, Vaijon. Are you ready?" The War God's Own - David Weber

Some of those are easier than others. *grins*

But it's interesting to look at those lines in isolation. I always try when writing fic to make the first line memorable and to draw the reader further into the story - to find out what happens next. The majority here introduce the world of the story nicely and wet your appetite so well that I, who's read each of these books at least three times each, want to re-read them again. That's good authorship.

Edited to add correct guesses.

Comments

Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
dalek

#4 I think is Diana Wynne Jones, "Archer's Goon".

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Gospel Booster [jennymalfoy]

Spot on! Good call.

Posted by: uninvitedCat (uninvitedcat)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)

#1 is (I think) a Louis McMaster Bujold, but since I haven't read them all yet, I don't know which one.

#4 I'd guess Archer's Goon.

Dunno any of the others. :feels ignorant:

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
Booster Dreams [jennymalfoy]

Right author for number one, and spot on again for number 4.

Good taste.

Posted by: Lemming (uk_lemming)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)

#1 is A Civil Campaign.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Boosterharem [Houses7177]

And another point for you. Cool!

Posted by: Lemming (uk_lemming)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)

#2 is "The Edge" by Dick Francis

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Nazgulls [trafficcone]

Good call, and a great book. :D

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)

Hey, I know #2! It's by Dick Francis. Now if only my brain would allow me to remember which one.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
believe I can fly [samiamicons]

Nice spot, but unfortunately someone else got it.

Fun little book, wasn't it?

Posted by: Spectacularly Adequate Empress (empressvesica)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)

*sigh* I have no idea whatsoever. First lines don't tend to stick in my head. However, from reading the other comments - it would have been quite a feat if those lines had stuck in my head, since I have never read the books.

I don't think I could do this meme - I could never play favorites with my books like that. It wouldn't be fair to the little darlings. *coos to precious, precious books*

Posted by: Mr. Spivens (mr_spivens)
Posted at: April 18th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)

I don't know the rest of them, but...

1) The big groundcar jerked to a stop centimetres from the vehicle ahead of it, and Armsman Pym, driving, swore under his breath. A Civil Campaign – Lois McMaster Bujold

That's a really good book.

Posted by: Lemming (uk_lemming)
Posted at: April 19th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)

*HeadDesk* *HeadDesk*
The War God's Own, By The Mad Wizzard Weber (David Weber)

DAMN, I knew I reckognised the name.

took me being bored and scanning my collection of eBooks to get it.

*HeadDesk*

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 19th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Dawn - nice girl [jennymalfoy]

Hee hee! Congrats!

Are you counting down the days until the third book comes out too?

Posted by: Lemming (uk_lemming)
Posted at: April 20th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)

If by the third book you mean "Wind Riders Oath", I've already read it :D
EBooks are such fun. especially when they are legally availiable for free.

Although I do intend to buy it when I retrieve 22% of the last 6 months of my pay back from the Inland Revenue.

Heh, I started re-reading them last night when I finally realised what the first line was, about the only author that tops his fantasy work in my opinion is Elizabeth Moon. But isn't Brandark just so... 'Perfect' is about all I can think of to describe him.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 20th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)

And there goes my entire evening....

Baen books have it right though - I'll certainly be picking up their stuff in actual books at some point.

Posted by: Lemming (uk_lemming)
Posted at: April 20th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)

oops..... :D

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