“My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don’t mean that he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle.” – Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair
The above, amongst others, are listed as great opening lines. I sense a meme in the works.
So some of my favorite opening lines to books? Here we go:
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” Neuromancer by William S. Gibson
“Billy Pilgrim had become unstuck in time.” Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut