It’s been a couple of weeks since I first saw this list of 100 Best First Lines From Novels. (via) I have been procrastinating because I intended to go through them and agree or disagree with all of them but I’ve had more interesting and productive things to do and can’t really get motivated to comment on a list of 100 anything.
So, this is not to say that I won’t perhaps, weeks and weeks hence, decide to come back to the list, because it really seems like it should be a fun thing to do, but for now I will just share one of my favorite first lines.
A blue snow was falling on the roof of the embarkation lounge, where it melted and snaked across the glass in inky rivulets. –Neal Asher, Gridlinked
What a visual, huh? Don’t you want to continue reading and find out more about this place with the blue snow? That’s what a first line should do – make you want to keep reading – but at the same time it should be reasonably simple. Don’t try to pack too much into the first sentence. Intrigue but do not confuse.