Will You Buy These Books Based on the First Lines?

Buying books is a personal thing. What one person loves the next one hates. Why you buy this book instead of that one isn’t the same reason I buy those books. Covers, descriptions, reviews, word of mouth are all used to make buying decisions. But will you buy these books based on the first lines?

Image of an open book with a pirate on an island standing on one page and a pirate ship on the other page--but will you buy these books based on the first lines?

First Lines

The alley was dark and stank of piss and vomit. It was home for quick-footed rats and the bony, hungry-eyed felines who hunted them.

J.D. Robb, Rapture in Death

He, or very possibly she, was known as The Rose Thief. 

 Claire Buss, The Rose Thief 

Gramp Stevens sat in a lawn chair, watching the mower at work, feeling the warm, soft sunshine seep into his bones.

Clifford Simak, City

I was loving this. First day on the job and I was off to a possible location of the vamp killers.

Rose Montague, Jade

book cover The Left Hand of Darkness

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.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness.

Kamakzi.

The word looped in my head, and I tasted it. Kamakzi.

Elin Peer, The Ruler (Men of the North Book 2) 

“Everywhere I turn, all I see is black. My vision drowns in cascading waves of darkness.”

Stella Fitzsimmons, The Plantation 

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There are no affiliate links in this post. These quotes caught my attention. I thought maybe they’d catch yours too. If you’d like more reading recommendations check out “Which Great Line Would Make You Read the Book?, my  Going to Mars Word-by-Word book reviews, and my Story Time Reviews series. And don’t forget to take a look at my own books, My Soul to Keep and Fellowship.

Will You Buy These Books?

Based on the First Line, these books sound interesting. I hope there’s at least one that spoke to you. Will you buy these books based on the first lines? Please share a favorite first line from a science fiction book you’ve bought and loved.

Which Great Line Would Make You Read the Book?

Have you gone through your to-be-read (TBR) pile yet? Or do you look at your TBRs and find nothing that interests you right now? Here’s a collection of lines from various speculative fiction novels. Which great line would make you read the book?

Image of an open book with a pirate, pirate chest and boat springing to life from the pages-- a great line would make you read the book

Anthology

“I have no mouth. And I must scream…”

― Harlan Ellison, I Have No Mouth and I MustScream

Cyberpunk

“Bees? Are you telling me we have space bees?”

― David Colello, Trillion Dollar Sky: Mission Cerex

Horror

“Jane woke, stretched, and decided to kill herself. If she hadn’t found a reason to live by the end of the day, she would jump from the rig. It felt good to have a plan.”

― Adam Baker, Outpost

Science Fiction

Beware of more powerful weapons. They often inflict as much damage to your soul as they do to you enemies.

― Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

“There was no escaping the screaming rats.”

― Jim L. Owens, The Neptune Bubble

I am a leg of the death tripod that will destroy our foes.

― Frank Herbert, Dune

“Damn it, no horizon should bend upward.”

Jan S. Gephardt, What’s Bred in the Bone

“What was I before the war? It’s hard to remember that far back. But I think maybe I was human.”

 A.J. Vega, Majesty’s Offspring

“What lies beyond the wormhole … is the devil incarnate.”

― Chris Burton, Alpha One: The Jump Pilot

When a Blood Wolf has its teeth out, it doesn’t take much to make it snap.

― Maura Milan, Ignite the Stars

Survival Stories

“Bellamy had come down from scanning the heavens only to find himself in the depths of hell.”

― Kass Morgan, The 100

Time Travel

The universe had just been upended. All of the pieces and places, the people and the particles, slid off a grand checkerboard and crashed into the ground, scattershot.

― M.K. Williams, The Infinite-Infinite

“The day they went to Chichén Itzá started no differently than any other day on vacation, yet Tony Solomon felt a numbing unease, the kind that sometimes came on when something bad was going to happen.

Jennette  Marie Powell, Time’s Enemy

Never tell a computer to forget it.

― Larry Niven, A World Out of Time

Epic Fantasy

“Nian hated climbing this mountain.”

Deleyna Marr, Dominion of Darkness

Post-Apocalyptic

Freedom begins with one act of courage.

― J.O. Young, Freaks Episode 6 Uncaged

Paranormal Urban Fantasy

“I had evolved a year too soon, and it nearly broke me”

― Carlyle Labuschagne, The Broken Destiny

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There are no affiliate links in this post. These quotes caught my attention. I thought maybe they’d catch yours too. If you’d like more reading recommendations check out my Going to Mars Word-by-Word book reviews and my own books, My Soul to Keep and Fellowship.

Happy Reading

I hope there’s at least one quote that intrigued you. Would you share which great line would make you read the book? If none of these do, please share one of your favorite lines from a book you’ve read.