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I am always struck by great opening lines, like the opening line of the book that I am currently reading:

My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (winner  of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award)


Did that line pique your interest? It certainly piqued mine!

Here are some other opening lines that I have enjoyed recently:

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

I was born with water on the brain.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Better brace yourself, / loser. / Because you / are about to be dumped. / Big time.
What my Girlfriend doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones.

I knew today would be ugly.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
 –The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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