From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday

The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? The black silhouette of a vulture circles overhead, its large dark shape contrasting with the bright afternoon sky. The Outlands by Tyler Edwards Prologue-About to Catch Fire Phillip Chestnut didn’t understand why things had started to go sideways. Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes So you’re the person responsible for the death of the number one,” the burly man in a security uniform tells me.  All the Whys of Delilah’s Demise by Neve Maslakovic When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half the window. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The swallows skipped like flat stones across the surface of the infinity pool, their wings spread, and a lone woman in a gauzy beach coverup—what she might have called a kaftan if that word didn’t sound so matronly—watched […]

Dystopian SF First Lines

Today’s Dystopian SF First Lines post is part of my First Lines Friday series. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Would you read more? A twig snaps somewhere in the woods. I shoot up from my sleeping bag and reach out in the darkness. The Burn Our Houses Down Trilogy by Kelsey D. Garmendia Bursting open, the thin, wooden door slammed against the wall and cracked in half.“Get down!” a man yelled. Prep For Doom by E.R. Arroyo, Laura Albins, Amy Bartelloni, Brea Behn, and 16 others Feet pounded across the young messenger ran as fast as his legs would take him. Legacy of Light: The Series by by M. Lynn and Michelle Bryan “What better way to destroy our enemies than to simply allow them to destroy themselves?” The Good, the Dead, and the Lawless: The Undoing by Angelique Archer Deep beneath the surface of the earth, two men stood of a dirt walkway. Virulent: The Release The Virulent […]

First Line Friday Full of SF&F Love

February’s First Line Friday Full of SF&F Love Stories is part of a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? When Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus walked back into her life, Ash smiled because she knew it would piss him off. Shades of Treason: An Anomaly Novel by Sandy Williams “Lady Mother,” Adena whispered, lips barely moving. “I don’t think I can do this.” Chosen by the Rakian Commander: Rakian Warrior Mates by Elin Wyn Not long ago, the sweaty hand snaking up my skirt toward my ass would have turned to mummy dust on contact, but I restrained myself. To Catch a Stolen Soul: A djinn haven story by R.L. Naquin “Mom?” I pushed my headphones off my ears and looked at my bedroom door. I could have sworn I heard a scream. Defy the Ravaged: Matron’s Watchmen Book 1 by […]