GAME: Opening Lines

1. The sun was already sinking into the deep green of the hills of the west of the valley, the red and gray-pink of its shadows touching the comers of the land, when Flick Ohmsford began his descent. The Sword Of Shannara by Terry Brooks - got by Mathgan
2. I am a very old man; how old I do not know.
3. I am Basil Elton, keeper of the North Point light that my father and grandfather kept before me.
4. "I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and tell you he's the one."
5. Billy Ray Cobb was the younger and smaller of the two rednecks. A Time To Kill by John Grisham - got by Mathgan
6. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. Neuromancer by William Gibson - got by Mathgan
7. This darkness troubles me.
8. It was seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in the tips. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - got by cramoukji
9. Rayford Steele's mind was on a woman he had never touched. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins - got by Mathgan
10. The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.
11. Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - got by Penny
12. Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes. Animal Farm by George Orwell - got by Imposter
13. TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why WILL you say that I am mad? The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe - got by tdunnie
14. This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis - got by Penny
15. Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself.
16. Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick. The Shining by Stephen King - got by AJDaGreat
17. A spot of light appeared on the deep red rug which covered the raw rock of the cave floor.
18. The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming - got by 1922
19. Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless personupon earth,--a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man,perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his ownsilly self.
20. Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - got by bertie
21. In your schooldays most of you who read this book made acquaintance with the noble building of Euclid’s geometry, and you remember—perhaps with more respect than love—the magnificent structure, on the lofty staircase of which you were chased about for uncounted hours by conscientious teachers.
22. When we compare the individuals of the same variety or sub-variety of our older cultivated plants and animals, one of the first points which strikes us is, that they generally differ more from each other than do the individuals of any one species or variety in a state of nature. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin - got by cramoukji
23. A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shining amid the straw.
24. As I walk’d through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a Dream.


Ignoring intro notes and forwards, etc.

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16. The Shining by Stephen King
4. the novel adaptation of The Matrix

16. Yup!
4. Nope, but that's what I was hoping you'd guess. MUAHAHAHA! :-)

13. The Tell-Tale Heart - Poe
15. Fail-Safe - ?

13. yes!
15. sorry, no.

After having checked out my books at home, I could only find one of these opening lines:
# 18 is Casino Royale (by Ian Fleming)

Wow, such dedication :-)

1. Terry Brooks - The Sword Of Shannara
5. John Grisham - A Time To Kill
6. William Gibson - Neuromancer
9. L. Ron Hubbard In Disguise - Left Behind

Yes, on all accounts!

#11 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
#14 - The Magician's Nephew, C. S. Lewis (my favorite of the Narnia books)

Mine to!

Both are correct.

Just curious: what do you think of the idea of someone reading the Chronicles in chronological order (i.e. first The Magician's Nephew, then The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe second, etc.)?

The second time I read through all the books (a couple years after the first time), that's exactly what I did! Because I'd read them all before, I was never lost, and I did have some additional pleasure in reading them chronologically. I have no idea what effects this approach would have on someone reading them for the first time.

no No NO!.. a thousand times, no! I cannot emphasize enough what a bad idea this would be.

I first read them in publishing order: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Prince Caspian , The Voyage of the Dawn Treader , The Silver Chair , The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle .

Then I read them in their internal narrative chronological order: The Magician's Nephew , The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian , The Voyage of the Dawn Treader , The Silver Chair and The Last Battle . I'd recommend doing this but only when re-reading the books.

When I read them aloud I read them in publishing order and I think that is how everyone should be introduced to Narnia and Aslan. The glorious, wide-eyed introduction to the fully formed world of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe through the person of Lucy Pevensie and the Wardrobe portal with the conversion experience of her brothers and sister... it is how everything should start. Spring comes to Narnia, winter is banished, what could be more transcendent?

The same beloved characters are there to guide you through Prince Caspian and shepherd you through the expulsion from the perfection of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the wondrous flexibility of the passage of time between worlds even as you fear that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy might have all perished in an explosion at a train siding... and if you are reading this you really should read the books first.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my favourite after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , isn't that the way it is for everyone?) increases the momentum of the series even as the characters change and develop and we are introduced to the best skeptic to convert character of the series: Eustace Clarence Scrubb. As well as the best farewell of the series when Reepicheep departs. Just tell me that you don't get a catch in your throat at "Where the waves grow sweet, Doubt not, Reepicheep, There is the utter East. "

The Silver Chair marks the return of pure evil in the form of the witch/sorceress figure and the outerlands of Narnia. And there is the most fantastic updating of the Eeyore archetype: the also aptly named Puddleglum.

The Horse and His Boyis the principal reason for reading The Chronicles of Narnia in publishing order and NOT in narrative order. The book sucks. It is a long hard slog to get through. When reading this aloud to my ex it almost stopped us dead in our tracks. A shabby The Prince and The Pauper rip-off with teasing hints of the Pevensies that serve only to frustrate. Racist. Boring.

Reading The Magician's Nephew at this point serves to deepen the experience. A prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that shows the creation of Narnia and the potential for an infinite amount of alternate spiritual worlds. The funniest book of them all combined with the real fear that "evil" will infect our "real" world. As an adult I find this most interesting, the fear of (a fictional) evil in this world that is more potent than our sense of actual evils around us. I think that both versions of What Dreams May Come borrowed heavily from this book and the next...

The Last Battle , which should always be last. A fitting conclusion that I hated the first time I read it. I'm now convinced that was because I had trouble letting go of the world of Narnia... that and the pain of Tash... and the loss of Susan which is more moving to me now that I'm older. I still think that there are flaws in the book but the very fact that Lewis was able to bring it all to a conclusion with this vision of Ragnarok and an afterlife ("Further up and further in!" now amazes me.

If you are foolish enough to start others off reading in narrative chronological order you lose the effect of anticipation for something that you've already experienced. When the lantern post is planted in The Magician's Nephew memories of Lucy meeting Mr. Tumnus and the Lantern Waste would all be lost if a reader hadn't experienced The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe beforehand. Plus, getting to The Horse and His Boy third of all is a series killer with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader coming fifth of all. Besides, there is a marvelous sense of closing the circle with The Creation and Ragnarok being the next-to-last and the last books. Finally: Easter should always come first.
Start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe . And start soon.

I'm still dreading the movie(s) but the first signs are encouraging. There is a well constructed site that treats Narnia with respect and knowledge... and quizzes! who doesn't like quizzes?

When in doubt, the answer is "Tirian."

Heh... woah. Guess I'd go with Odysseus' answer on this one. My response of, "I dunno, didn't seem to make a difference on my second reading at age 12" seems pretty quant next to hers :-)

That's cartainly the best argument I've heard in favor of publishing order. When I re-read them, I tend to only revisit my favorites, all of which have one thing in common: excellent bad, or at least deeply flawed, characters, which Lewis really has a knack for creating. That would be the White Witch in the first book, Uncle Andrew in The Magician's Nephew, that green enchantress (did she have a name?) in The Silver Chair, and Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

I am not looking forward to the movie either, but at least it will be better than the BBC version. It's mathematically impossible that it could be worse.

#2 Little Big Man / Thomas Berger
#20 David Copperfield / Charles Dickens

2. Nope, unless there's a terrible coincidence here.
20. Yup!

Is 8 jungle book by Rudyard Kipling ?

22 is Darwin's Origin of Species

correct on both counts!

Number 12 is somewhat familiar. Would that be Animal Farm?

I've run out of ways to say 'yes, correct.' Any suggestions? :-)

Try this or maybe this.

I'm shocked how useful that actually is.

indubitably!