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26 Titles With Catchy Opening Sentences


Love at first sight?

Don’t judge a book by its cover they say. Sometimes you might even get a nudge saying that books don’t deserve to be judged by its title. However for some reasons, the opening sentence of a book may set the mood, leaves great memories or even make you crave for more.

In no particular order…


(Free) Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

(Free) Anna Karenina

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Going Postal

by Terry Pratchett

Going Postal

They say that the prospect of being hanged in the morning concentrates a man’s mind wonderfully; unfortunately, what the mind inevitably concentrates on is that it is in a body that, in the morning, is going to be hanged.

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Going Postal

Slaughterhouse-Five

by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five

All this happened, more or less.

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Slaughterhouse-Five

One Hundred Years Of Solitude

by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buend’a was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

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One Hundred Years Of Solitude

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

It was a pleasure to burn.

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Fahrenheit 451

Holes

by Louis Sachar

Holes

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

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Holes

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

by C. S. Lewis

The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

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The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Neuromancer

by William Gibson

Neuromancer

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

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Neuromancer

The Stranger

by Albert Camus

The Stranger

Maman died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don’t know.

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The Stranger

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

by Hunter S. Thompson

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

(Free) A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

(Free) A Christmas Carol

Marley was dead, to begin with.

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(Free) A Christmas Carol

Nineteen Eighty-Four

by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

by Patrick Ness

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.

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The Knife Of Never Letting Go

(Free) The Call Of Cthulhu

by H. P. Lovecraft

(Free) The Call Of Cthulhu

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

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(Free) The Call Of Cthulhu

Blood Rites

by Jim Butcher.

Blood Rites

The building was on fire, and it wasn’t my fault.

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Blood Rites

The Crow Road

by Iain Banks

The Crow Road

It was the day my grandmother exploded.

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The Crow Road

The Trumps Of Doom

by Roger Zelazny

The Trumps Of Doom

It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try and kill you.

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The Trumps Of Doom

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth

There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always.

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The Phantom Tollbooth

(Free) The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(Free) The Great Gatsby

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

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(Free) The Great Gatsby

(Free) The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

(Free) The Metamorphosis

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

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(Free) The Metamorphosis

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger

Gravity’s Rainbow

by Thomas Pynchon

Gravity's Rainbow

A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.

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Gravity’s Rainbow

(Free) Pride & Prejudice

by Jane Austen

(Free) Pride & Prejudice

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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The Path Of Daggers

by Robert Jordan

The Path Of Daggers

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose above the great mountainous island of Tremalking. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

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The Path Of Daggers

Fight Club

by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

Tyler got 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.”

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Fight Club

Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

The early morning sky was the color of cat vomit.

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Uglies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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