The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.
I hated it because it was obviously there just to snag my attention (cats were never mentioned again.) Good book, though. (Westerfeld blogs about first lines here.)
Of my four newly-purchased books, I decided to read the one with the best first line:
1. "I told you this was a great place." Corbin Dunston beamed with pride as he held up the trout he'd just reeled in.
2. "Nick. Nick-ee. Are you there? I'm in trouble. Real bad trouble."
3. Today they will find her body.
4. News item from the Westover (Me.) weekly Enterprise, August 16, 1966: RAIN OF STONES REPORTED
Based on these first lines, which book would you choose to read? And do you think first lines should say something about the book's genre or story?
What is the first line of the book you are currently reading? What is the first line of a book you are writing?
P.S. In case you are curious, the first lines are from the following books:
1. KILLER DREAMS by Iris Johansen
2. OBSESSION by Karen Robards
3. THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen (my favorite author)
4. CARRIE by Stephen King