Best First Lines

Descrição
Novels that have excellent or memorable first lines. Started from American Book Review's 100 Best First Lines from Novels (http://americanbookreview.org/100bestlines.asp)
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79,780 membros
1,359 críticas
½ 4.4
5 Members
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 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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25,082 membros
251 críticas
4
6 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
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93,338 membros
1,181 críticas
½ 4.3
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
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9,134 membros
292 críticas
4.1
5 Members
Aquila, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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81,139 membros
1,262 críticas
4.2
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
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36,260 membros
450 críticas
3.9
5 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
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53,266 membros
986 críticas
4
5 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a pleasure to burn.
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24,548 membros
527 críticas
½ 4.3
4 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: This is my favorite book in all the world, though I've never read it.
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24,338 membros
519 críticas
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, merrystar, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Marley was dead, to begin with.
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42,494 membros
517 críticas
3.9
4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter.
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43,674 membros
701 críticas
4.1
4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: All this happened, more or less.
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20,480 membros
601 críticas
4.2
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
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18,900 membros
343 críticas
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4 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
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44,055 membros
683 críticas
4.2
3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
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38,039 membros
617 críticas
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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35,128 membros
538 críticas
3.8
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Call me Ishmael.
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9,557 membros
427 críticas
3.9
2 Members
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
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69,074 membros
1,072 críticas
3.8
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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27,829 membros
497 críticas
4
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
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15,751 membros
378 críticas
4
2 Members
Aquila, hipdeep
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Aquila: I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.
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7,601 membros
112 críticas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost:—Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly,—I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me.
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71,418 membros
1,156 críticas
3.8
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
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21,054 membros
215 críticas
½ 3.7
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.
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20,458 membros
267 críticas
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: 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.
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30,215 membros
447 críticas
4.1
3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
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22,583 membros
402 críticas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: 124 was spiteful.
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18,604 membros
319 críticas
3.9
3 Members
Aquila, hipdeep, ahef1963
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Aquila: All children, except one, grow up.
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35,172 membros
496 críticas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mother died today.
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4,749 membros
112 críticas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
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8,363 membros
250 críticas
½ 3.5
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
aethercowboy: They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.
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9,419 membros
212 críticas
½ 3.6
3 Members
Aquila, aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
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7,813 membros
164 críticas
4
3 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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hipdeep: Taran wanted to make a sword, but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.
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10,636 membros
244 críticas
4
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.
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5,781 membros
108 críticas
4.1
2 Members
ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: My wound is geography.
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19,524 membros
334 críticas
4.1
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: You better not never tell nobody but God.
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20,424 membros
330 críticas
3.9
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
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6,160 membros
116 críticas
4.1
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.
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6,478 membros
171 críticas
3.9
3 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
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24,489 membros
319 críticas
½ 3.6
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family, tho' not of that Country, my Father being a Foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull; He got a good Estate by Merchandise, and leaving off his Trade, lived afterward at York, from whence he had married my Mother, whose Relations were named Robinson, a very good Family in that Country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but by the usual Corruption of Words in England, we are now called, nay we call our selves, and write our Name Crusoe, and so my Companions always call'd me.
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17,529 membros
329 críticas
4.2
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
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11,931 membros
139 críticas
½ 3.7
3 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: "To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
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22,936 membros
378 críticas
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
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1,733 membros
55 críticas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
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31,481 membros
553 críticas
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
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26,116 membros
396 críticas
4
2 Members
Aquila, ahef1963
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Aquila: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents."
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769 membros
33 críticas
½ 3.4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The Miss Lonelyhearts of the New York Post-Dispatch (Are you in trouble?—Do-you-need-advice?—Write-to-Miss-Lonelyhearts-and-she-will-help-you) sat at his desk and stared at a piece of white cardboard.
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5,289 membros
57 críticas
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.
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16,169 membros
211 críticas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: I am an invisible man.
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118 membros
3 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
Macbeth
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Macbeth: I blame the Pope
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19,761 membros
238 críticas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
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21,774 membros
168 críticas
½ 3.7
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, [...]
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18,132 membros
306 críticas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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12,390 membros
255 críticas
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
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2,302 membros
38 críticas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
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556 membros
18 críticas
½ 3.5
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
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2,306 membros
77 críticas
½ 4.3
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: I don't know what I should talk about - about death or about love? Or are they the same?
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10,935 membros
194 críticas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: One summer afternoon Mrs. Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary.
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23,879 membros
374 críticas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
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10,491 membros
174 críticas
3.9
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.
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1,437 membros
34 críticas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
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17,115 membros
224 críticas
4
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
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14,288 membros
192 críticas
4
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
63
12,295 membros
215 críticas
3.9
2 Members
hipdeep, ahef1963
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hipdeep: When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
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11,037 membros
180 críticas
4.2
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: For a long time, I went to bed early.
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30,409 membros
500 críticas
3.8
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
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10,678 membros
142 críticas
4.1
Member
aethercowboy
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aethercowboy: A screaming comes across the sky.
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766 membros
10 críticas
3.8
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
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ManWithAnAgenda: The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse.
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27,110 membros
629 críticas
4.1
2 Members
aethercowboy, ahef1963
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aethercowboy: I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.
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8,955 membros
115 críticas
½ 3.7
2 Members
aethercowboy, ManWithAnAgenda
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aethercowboy: He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull.
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454 membros
19 críticas
3.9
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: I am thirty years old and that is nothing.
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10,732 membros
126 críticas
3.9
Member
ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
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5,291 membros
336 críticas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.
73
4,293 membros
179 críticas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.
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122 membros
4 críticas
3.9
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: Hal was not yet a prince when she fell in love with Lady Hotspur, but she would be within the hour.
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790 membros
28 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: The wind came into the house from the Sound, and it blew Daisy and me around her East Egg mansion like puffs of dandelion seeds, like foam, like a pair of young woman in white dresses who had no cares to weigh them down.
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8,715 membros
152 críticas
4.2
Member
hipdeep
Explicações
hipdeep: I am old now, and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.
77
1,854 membros
44 críticas
3.9
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: The note said: someone in this class is a witch.
78
10,628 membros
264 críticas
4.1
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: There was a wall.
79
2,495 membros
46 críticas
3.9
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: Apart from the one in the church tower, there were five clocks in the village that kept reasonable time, and my father owned one of them.
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4,836 membros
119 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.
81
1,641 membros
25 críticas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
82
1,241 membros
82 críticas
½ 3.5
Member
hipdeep
Explicações
hipdeep: Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.
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238 membros
4 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
hipdeep
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hipdeep: My old eighth-grade teacher, Miss Maggie Doubloon, said she was half Spanish, half French, and half Irish, a plethora of halves not entirely unnoticed by some of the brighter pupils.
84
4,830 membros
428 críticas
3.8
Member
hipdeep
Explicações
hipdeep: From the top of the large boulder he sat on, Ensign Tom Davis looked across the expanse of the cave toward Captain Lucius Abernathy, Science Officer Q'eeng, and Chief Engineer Paul West and thought, "Well, this sucks."
85
100 membros
1 crítica
4
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
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por Ha Jin
4,034 membros
81 críticas
½ 3.6
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.
87
12,401 membros
151 críticas
4.1
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.
88
570 membros
10 críticas
3.9
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Where now? Who now? When now?
89
2,330 membros
102 críticas
3.8
Member
hipdeep
Explicações
hipdeep: Dirk Moeller didn't know if he could fart his way into a major diplomatic incident.
90
439 membros
3 críticas
3.1
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree."
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616 membros
11 críticas
½ 3.6
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: In a sense, I am Jacob Horner.
92
1,321 membros
28 críticas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: It was like so, but wasn't.
93
1,361 membros
19 críticas
4.2
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: —Money . . . in a voice that rustled.
94
4,857 membros
49 críticas
3.8
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: They shoot the white girl first.
95
193 membros
2 críticas
½ 3.4
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: The moment one learns English, complications set in.
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7,859 membros
138 críticas
4.2
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the windowpane;
97
236 membros
6 críticas
½ 3.6
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex's admonition, against Allen's angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all argued, an awesome African army assembled and arduously advanced against an African anthill, assiduously annihilating ant after ant, and afterward, Alex astonishingly accuses Albert as also accepting Africa's antipodal ant annexation.
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3,202 membros
60 críticas
4
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: It was the day my grandmother exploded.
99
1,525 membros
44 críticas
4
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: Elmer Gantry was drunk.
100
2,164 membros
37 críticas
3.9
Member
aethercowboy
Explicações
aethercowboy: We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.