Books With Our Favorite First Lines

List of the Month
Junho 2023 (see all)
Descrição
First impressions are powerful, and the first lines of the books we read can pack quite a punch. Our List of the Month this June is devoted to the books with our favorite first lines. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please do not downvote titles, as judgment in these matters is subjective.
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81,054 membros
1,371 críticas
½ 4.4
25 Members
rosalita, anglemark, LadyUndomiel, magnetgrrl, mldg, dewasus1, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, merrystar, victoriapeak, sturlington, kleh, susanbooks, michigantrumpet, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong, asiralh, Boand, steller0707, teesamai, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
amanda4242: "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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94,887 membros
1,193 críticas
½ 4.3
3
20,819 membros
615 críticas
4.2
4
36,855 membros
457 críticas
3.9
17 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, lahochstetler, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, merrystar, kleh, perennialreader, Tess_W, Boand, CharlesTheB, TMCTX, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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82,320 membros
1,275 críticas
4.2
16 Members
lorax, Cecilturtle, paradoxosalpha, kleo, sturlington, souloftherose, susanbooks, katemcangus, al.vick, ahef1963, AntonioGallo, asiralh, steller0707, CharlesTheB, tekitora, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
AntonioGallo: Phrases such as "Big Brother is watching you" and "doublethink" have entered the lexicon and are often used to describe similar situations in modern times.
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38,922 membros
723 críticas
4.2
16 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, yoyogod, abbottthomas, elenchus, Porua, al.vick, ahef1963, kristilabrie, timetunnel, SandraArdnas, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
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25,568 membros
259 críticas
4
16 Members
scampus, LadyUndomiel, sharder, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, masterdeski, merrystar, sturlington, EMS_24, al.vick, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, slimikin
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
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24,838 membros
527 críticas
4.1
9
54,177 membros
1,002 críticas
4
10
38,641 membros
632 críticas
4.1
13 Members
Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, lahochstetler, dewasus1, saskia17, Cecrow, PitcherBooks, kleh, perennialreader, katemcangus, Tess_W, CharlesTheB, HH_Library
Explicações
perennialreader: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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9,237 membros
294 críticas
4.1
12
2,343 membros
39 críticas
4
12 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, abbottthomas, dewasus1, elenchus, victoriapeak, kleh, RBeffa, susanbooks, Boand, steller0707, loulourevisited
Explicações
susanbooks: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
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9,824 membros
433 críticas
3.9
10 Members
rosalita, pitjrw, sturlington, Porua, ahef1963, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz
Explicações
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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23,126 membros
379 críticas
3.9
9 Members
hipdeep, kleo, GuyMontag, Cecrow, elenchus, souloftherose, vwinsloe, timetunnel, Mguod
Explicações
Cecrow: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
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15,156 membros
138 críticas
½ 3.5
8 Members
paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, elenchus, kleh, susanbooks, ahef1963, elahrairah, PureChaos
Explicações
susanbooks: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.
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39,674 membros
962 críticas
4
8 Members
Aquila, Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, dewasus1, masterdeski, TMCTX, Tosta, PureChaos
Explicações
Aquila: "It was a dark and stormy night."
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19,050 membros
326 críticas
3.9
7 Members
scampus, dewasus1, saskia17, Tess_W, al.vick, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong
Explicações
AbigailAdams26: “All children, except one, grow up."
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44,572 membros
697 críticas
4.2
6 Members
lorax, pitjrw, kleo, perennialreader, SandraArdnas, CharlesTheB
Explicações
SandraArdnas: 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. (...) The world was so recent that many things lacked names
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24,040 membros
213 críticas
4.1
6 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, elenchus, AntonioGallo, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
AntonioGallo: I prefer "Inferno" since it is known for its exploration of moral and ethical issues. Dante uses the sins and punishments of the various characters to comment on the nature of sin, justice, and divine retribution. This gives the book a timeless quality that continues to resonate with readers today. Life, sometimes, is just like Inferno
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28,229 membros
505 críticas
4
6 Members
lahochstetler, susanbooks, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicações
ManWithAnAgenda: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
21
5,589 membros
352 críticas
4.1
5 Members
lizzy50usa, souloftherose, asiralh, Tosta, slimikin
Explicações
souloftherose: "I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module..."
22
20,479 membros
558 críticas
4.1
5 Members
lahochstetler, sturlington, msemmag, teesamai, jsclar
Explicações
sturlington: The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
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18,599 membros
1,268 críticas
4.1
5 Members
saskia17, flying_monkeys, msjudy, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicações
saskia17: The circus arrives without warning.
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44,156 membros
708 críticas
4.1
5 Members
rosalita, elenchus, ahef1963, SandraArdnas, Tosta
Explicações
SandraArdnas: All this happened, more or less.
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23,909 membros
989 críticas
4.2
5 Members
chin2chin, masterdeski, Tess_W, al.vick, HH_Library
Explicações
al.vick: Prologue: "People disappear all the time."
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36,287 membros
1,027 críticas
4.2
27
35,584 membros
545 críticas
3.8
5 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited
Explicações
Cecrow: "Call me Ishmael."
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24,973 membros
533 críticas
½ 4.3
5 Members
paradoxosalpha, merrystar, al.vick, ahef1963, PureChaos
Explicações
al.vick: "This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."
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12,583 membros
260 críticas
4.1
4 Members
anglemark, msemmag, CharlesTheB, kay.emme
Explicações
anglemark: "You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, 'If on a winter's night a traveler'."
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18,274 membros
1,251 críticas
½ 4.3
4 Members
al.vick, timetunnel, HH_Library, PatrickBenner
Explicações
al.vick: "I'm pretty much fucked."
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5,251 membros
99 críticas
3.9
4 Members
otori, kleh, perennialreader, loulourevisited
Explicações
otori: “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
perennialreader: I had a Farm in Africa.
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10,783 membros
125 críticas
3.9
4 Members
PitcherBooks, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
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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21,745 membros
420 críticas
3.8
4 Members
amanda4242, susanbooks, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicações
amanda4242: "No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine."
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22,897 membros
495 críticas
3.8
3 Members
scampus, ianreads, sturlington
Explicações
sturlington: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
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481 membros
12 críticas
3.8
4 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, yoyogod, elenchus
Explicações
yoyogod: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
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4,540 membros
185 críticas
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, asiralh
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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13,546 membros
207 críticas
½ 4.3
4 Members
scampus, elenchus, susanbooks, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
susanbooks: Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
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16,006 membros
384 críticas
4
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, DoomLuz
Explicações
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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por Homer
40,176 membros
387 críticas
4
3 Members
anglemark, sharder, loulourevisited
Explicações
anglemark: μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε
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36,329 membros
744 críticas
4.1
3 Members
sharder, barefootsong, Mark.Milton
Explicações
barefootsong: "Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."
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3,221 membros
60 críticas
4
3 Members
lorax, anglemark, Boand
Explicações
anglemark: "It was the day my grandmother exploded."
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35,641 membros
508 críticas
3.9
3 Members
Cecilturtle, Boand, CharlesTheB
Explicações
Cecilturtle: Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
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11,174 membros
182 críticas
4.2
3 Members
Cecilturtle, kleh, susanbooks
Explicações
susanbooks: For a long time I used to go to bed early.
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5,115 membros
147 críticas
4
3 Members
anglemark, kristilabrie, msemmag
Explicações
kristilabrie: "Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster?"
45
5,203 membros
105 críticas
½ 4.5
3 Members
hipdeep, EerierIdyllMeme, lahochstetler
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: On the copyright page: "This is a very dull page. What is on the next page?"
46
11,328 membros
157 críticas
4.1
3 Members
saskia17, PitcherBooks, merrystar
Explicações
saskia17: Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
47
5,796 membros
75 críticas
3.9
2 Members
vwinsloe, SandraArdnas
Explicações
vwinsloe: "If this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done."
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17,558 membros
425 críticas
½ 4.3
3 Members
merrystar, sturlington, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicações
sturlington: 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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6,409 membros
164 críticas
3.8
2 Members
scampus, merrystar
Explicações
merrystar: If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane, all you have to do is ask the policeman at the crossroad.
50
3,753 membros
74 críticas
3.8
2 Members
SavvyScot, amanda4242
Explicações
amanda4242: "to wound the autumnal city."
51
19,210 membros
347 críticas
4
2 Members
saskia17, DoomLuz
Explicações
saskia17: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
52
20,835 membros
280 críticas
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, PeanutNoir
Explicações
PeanutNoir: "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."
53
2,115 membros
22 críticas
4
2 Members
victoriapeak, RBeffa
Explicações
RBeffa: I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
54
1,275 membros
82 críticas
½ 3.5
2 Members
LadyUndomiel, asiralh
Explicações
asiralh: “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 young gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.”
55
18,484 membros
310 críticas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, fvenez
Explicações
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.
56
10,331 membros
284 críticas
4
2 Members
rosalita, abbottthomas
Explicações
abbottthomas: It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
57
1,157 membros
22 críticas
3.9
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, SandraArdnas
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: There were angels in the glass, two four six many of them, each one shuffling into his place in line like an alderman at the Lord Mayor's show.
58
52,246 membros
708 críticas
3.9
2 Members
tina1969, Tess_W
Explicações
Tess_W: “I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.”
59
4,804 membros
115 críticas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, pitjrw
Explicações
hipdeep: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
60
1,420 membros
176 críticas
4.1
2 Members
otori, vwinsloe
Explicações
vwinsloe: "He began to die when he was twenty-one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle."
61
684 membros
11 críticas
4.2
2 Members
anglemark, slimikin
Explicações
anglemark: "My friend Hergal had killed himself again."
62
2,370 membros
35 críticas
3.8
2 Members
kleo, msjudy
Explicações
msjudy: And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered about him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the city of Pidruid.
63
1,267 membros
37 críticas
3.8
2 Members
pitjrw, perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
64
6,558 membros
172 críticas
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, katemcangus
Explicações
rosalita: "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."
65
21,287 membros
217 críticas
½ 3.7
2 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB
Explicações
Cecrow: "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 down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...."
66
78,840 membros
1,434 críticas
½ 4.4
2 Members
kleo, perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
67
30,628 membros
453 críticas
4.1
68
19,397 membros
325 críticas
4.1
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, elenchus
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: Tyler gets 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.
69
4,129 membros
83 críticas
4.2
2 Members
al.vick, SandraArdnas
Explicações
al.vick: "This isn't at all what I expected. In 1985, by some sort of journalistic accident I was sent to Madagascar with Mark Carwardine to look for an almost extinct form of lemur called the aye-aye. None of the three of us had ever met before. I had never met Mark, Mark had never met me, and no one, apparently, had seen an aye-aye in years."
70
799 membros
35 críticas
4
2 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CharlesTheB
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: There once lived, at a series of temporary addresses across the United States of America, a traveling man of Indian origin, advancing years, and retreating mental powers, who, on account of his love for mindless television, had spent far too much of his life in the yellow light of tawdry motel rooms watching an excess of it, and had suffered a peculiar form of brain damage as a result.
71
1 membro
2 Members
hipdeep, Tess_W
Explicações
hipdeep: En arkhêi ên ho lógos, kaì ho lógos ên pròs tòn theón, kaì theòs ên ho lógos. | In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Tess_W: In the beginning was the Word.
72
18,873 membros
886 críticas
½ 4.3
2 Members
Tess_W, msjudy
Explicações
msjudy: At dusk they fall from the sky.
73
4,765 membros
150 críticas
4
2 Members
Tess_W, al.vick
Explicações
al.vick: "My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred."
74
7,579 membros
192 críticas
4.2
2 Members
saskia17, msemmag
Explicações
saskia17: The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.
75
18,208 membros
451 críticas
3.9
Member
kristilabrie
Explicações
kristilabrie: "In eighteenth century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages."
76
13,995 membros
247 críticas
4.1
Member
otori
Explicações
otori: “Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ”
77
13,905 membros
264 críticas
4
Member
Micheller7
Explicações
Micheller7: “It was Wang Lung’s wedding day.” I have remembered this line for about 65 years.
78
12,634 membros
265 críticas
4
Member
dud5ers
79
12,567 membros
222 críticas
3.9
Member
sharder
80
12,249 membros
120 críticas
3.9
Member
EerierIdyllMeme
Explicações
EerierIdyllMeme: It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
81
10,794 membros
141 críticas
4.1
Member
paradoxosalpha
Explicações
paradoxosalpha: A screaming comes across the sky.
82
7,511 membros
326 críticas
3.9
Member
Archakr
Explicações
Archakr: "Kell wore a very peculiar coat."
83
6,747 membros
197 críticas
3.9
Member
Moloch
Explicações
Moloch: "Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." It's the book that speaks directly to the reader; I was instantly hooked.
84
6,632 membros
125 críticas
½ 4.3
Member
perennialreader
Explicações
perennialreader: So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.
85
5,992 membros
97 críticas
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Explicações
Yuki-Onna: I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
86
4,557 membros
132 críticas
3.8
Member
Porua
Explicações
Porua: In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
87
4,232 membros
235 críticas
4.2
Member
Brubow
Explicações
Brubow: "Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-bareled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there."
88
3,562 membros
89 críticas
3.9
Member
LibraryCin
Explicações
LibraryCin: Three days before her death, my mother told me -- these weren't her last words, but they were pretty lose -- that my brother was still alive.
89
3,477 membros
133 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
PeanutNoir
Explicações
PeanutNoir: "They threw me off the hay truck about noon."
90
2,520 membros
83 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
sinki
Explicações
sinki: "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months."
91
1,795 membros
39 críticas
4.2
Member
exhocforte
Explicações
exhocforte: "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."
92
546 membros
19 críticas
3.8
Member
abbottthomas
Explicações
abbottthomas: Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him.
93
488 membros
9 críticas
4.2
Member
barefootsong
Explicações
barefootsong: "When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king." This first line has stuck with me since I first read this in sixth grade.
94
342 membros
11 críticas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicações
Aquila: "When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."
95
246 membros
22 críticas
4
Member
AbigailAdams26
Explicações
AbigailAdams26: Mr. C'Mere's first line: "Humans were diggers and buriers, the cat thought, like dogs." Zoë's first line: "I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart."
96
101 membros
1 crítica
4
Member
prosfilaes
Explicações
prosfilaes: 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 housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
97
por Nescio
79 membros
2 críticas
½ 3.6
Member
EMS_24
Explicações
EMS_24: 'Except for the man who thought Sarphatistraat was the most beautiful place in Europe, I have never known a more curious fellow than the 'bummer/ deadbeat/ .'' - "Behalve den man, die de Sarphatistraat de mooiste plek van Europa vond, heb ik nooit een wonderlijker kerel gekend dan den uitvreter."
98
19 membros
½ 4.3
Member
cpg
Explicações
cpg: "Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room."
99
6 membros
Member
paulmdh
100
31,809 membros
565 críticas
4.1