And so this is a meme/probably-regular-post-kind-of-thing where I'll share some first words I like of books I like.
So here are some of my favourites:
The range of the airplane--a few thousand miles, the other side of the world, coconut palms, glaciers, the poles, the Poles, a lama, a llama, etc.--is pitifully limited compared to the vast extent and variety of experience provided, to those who know how to use it, by the airport.
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.
If you'd like a story about how I won my basketball letter and achieved fame, love, and fortune, don't read this.
Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, a young carpet merchant called Abdullah lived in the city of Zanzib.
It begins, as most things begin, with a song.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
...and its remade version:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
I don't care what Guinevere and Gawain say; this won't be Mordred's Life of Arthur, but Mordred's Life of Mordred. Fuck them; they can chronicle my sanctimonious progenitor's exploits if they've got the stomach for it.
Welcome, dear reader, as you plunge into the thrilling pages of our melodrama where you will find adventures of which you never dreamt!