Sunday, October 14, 2018

Top SF Opening Lines

Is there anything better than a great opening line or paragraph? It can set the tone for the whole book, and oftentimes a great opening will hook me right from the get-go. I was thinking about this and I realized that there are just some that stick with me, even years later. And how fun would it be to share them? I'd love to see yours as well, so if you have any favorites share 'em in the comments! 

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by [Adams, Douglas]

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."

Game of Thrones 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

"We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."

Six Wakes 

Six Wakes

"Sound struggled to make its way through the thick synth-amneo fluid."

"With the smears on the outside of the vat and the purple color through the bluish fluid Maria floated in, she figured the orbs were blood drops. Blood shouldn't float. That was the first problem."  

Star Wars  

A New Hope  (Star Wars: Novelizations, #4)

"ANOTHER galaxy, another time. The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time."

"They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Naturally they became heroes."

Leia Organa of Alderaan, senator


Replica (Replica, #1) 

"On very still nights sometimes we can hear them chanting, calling for us to die."


Contagion (Contagion, #1)

"In the ransacked Black Quarry base, the boy climbed into an overhead vent and secured the cover behind him. Peering through the crosshatched metal, he watched the engineer consider the pistol in his lap."

The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

"As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things."

Lost Girls

Lost Girls

"I remember last night perfectly. I know what we ate for dinner. I know my little brother didn't do his homework. I know Dad drove me to my ballet lessons, and then waited for me in the Starbucks across the street. I know that, later in the evening, I fell asleep when I was supposed to be studying geometry, my earbuds in while I listened to Taylor Swift's latest album. That was my yesterday. The problem is, everyone, from my parents to my teachers to the police, say that stuff didn't happen yesterday. It happened last year."

The Pack

The Pack (The Wanderers, #2)

"Two lions met a woman in the woods. 
Ro could tell right away that the woman was like them- a shifter, and a lion- in the way she held herself."

Obsidian and Stars

Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone, #2)

"The day is so new, it's barely day at all. Yet we are already far out on the blue water, gliding under the blue sky. The first rays of the sun paint long stripes of light on the surface."

Brave New Girl

Brave New Girl by [Vincent, Rachel]

"When I was little, I thought every girl in the world looked just like me, because that's how it is in the nurseries."  

The Extinction Trials 

"She couldn't see him. She didn't even know he was there." 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sunday Post #267

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date 
So the first week of The Bookish Games are in the dustbin of history and I... survived! So far. It's a tough world, folks. You gotta be cunning and fierce to survive. Or lucky. :) Curious? You can check it out here. And trust no one

We've had a night kill now and Day Two starts tomorrow. Follow the fun on Twitter at @TheBookishGames or here. In other news the FraterFest read-a-thon is underway. I finished a book and am working on my second. We'll see how I do with the Games going on...   

This past week I read  Echoes (loved it), Two Dark Reigns (liked it) and Number One Chinese Restaurant (erghh). I also discussed Game of Thrones (warging) and will have a discussion this week on what happens next at the Wall. Come on by and share your thoughts. Oh, and I'm reviewing Echoes soon too.    
 Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3)EchoesNumber One Chinese Restaurant

Song of the week 


Image result for luck is no lady pulp cover


Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)



This one is stunning and I like how the lantern is on the ice. 

Siwoo kim 2018 mermaid

Mortal Sister

Seriously, all those yellow eyes...

“ “Mortal Sister” - 22x31, oil and gold leaf
Seattleites! Come by and see me and my latest painting at the upcoming reopening of @roqlarue gallery during Capitol Hill art walk next Thursday the 11th!
I’m fascinated by Medusa. Her...




A campfire deep in a sylvan wood.

E081014 by JuliaNemo

  Meet you 130

sunbathing in arcmetto

This one's kind of amazing in that the buildings are mostly submerged, and she looks so relaxed sunbathing. Imagine looking over the side and seeing a submerged city! 


I love the scattered boulders here and the sense of being separated. 

Over the edge 

A rickety bridge to parts unknown?

So far from home  

I can almost hear the rushing water. 



Infested Planet

This dinosaur has been infected with... something. I almost feel sorry for it? 

INFESTED PLANET Research part1, , RaphaelRagimov - computer graphics plus

Dwarf Fortress

The thing I like here are the mammoths (?) and the way markers showing the way...

Tol Morwen

From The Silmarillion but it also looks like the island where Luke and Rey trained in The Last Jedi

Last Stand

Continuing the theme from last week where tentacles are overrunning a town


Dryad_2 by Allnamesinuse on DeviantArt