What We're All Reading... forum: Worst opening line or lines

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lakesidecallas
Apr 15, 2011 7:16 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
It's so bad you don't know if you should read any further.... let's hear 'em!
porkpal
Apr 24, 2011 11:35 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I'll have to dig one out, but almost any book by Faulkner: by the time I'm finished rearranging the grammar, I'm too tired to continue!
Porkpal
Imagesheryl
Apr 24, 2011 6:19 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
"It was the best of books, it was the worst of books..."

Okay, bad joke... Big Grin
Imagesallyg
Jun 12, 2011 9:59 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Oh I found some obviously self published bad book last week at the library- I hope I can find it again. Big Grin
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Jun 13, 2011 7:50 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Me too!
lakesidecallas
Jun 13, 2011 8:47 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Honeymoon in Space by George Griffiths

While Zaidie was talking the Astronef was sweeping swiftly down towards the surface of Venus, through scenery of whose almost inconceivable magnificence no human words could convey any adequate idea.
Imagesallyg
Jun 13, 2011 6:19 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
woo eey- badly in need of rephrasing!!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Jun 13, 2011 6:58 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Aw, now - certainly we could put a few more words in there....
lakesidecallas
Jun 16, 2011 8:41 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
certainly a comma after "talking", after "magnificence" my brain tripped over itself and I had to read it several times, finally aloud.

Cripes, just looked it up, it was written in 1901, which may explain things!
Imagesallyg
Jun 16, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Well that reminds me of The Last of the Mohicans- and in looking for its opening sentence I saw this in a customer review
"(although you'll still need to use a machete to cut through some mile-long sentences!). "

LOL

The self published book (A Rose for (somebody)) didn't pan out. Its first line was normal. But after a couple more you sense this book is a doozie. Plus BONUS it has illustrations by the author !! Even the cover! It looks like something that average high schooler could produce.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesheryl
Jun 16, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
And just might have. Hurray!
lakesidecallas
Jun 17, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Ugh. H just bought me The Last of the Mohicans at the library sale for 25cents. Said he thought I'd like it. I told him I didn't even like the movie.
Imagesheryl
Jun 20, 2011 6:30 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Oh, the book has GOT to be better than the movie!!!
lakesidecallas
Jun 21, 2011 10:51 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
It's at the bottom of the reading pile for now! LOL
Imagesheryl
Jun 21, 2011 3:56 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
I bet!

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