Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening Lines: Neuromancer

Some novels have the ability to draw you in from the start. A single line or paragraph can grab your attention in such a way that the novel just demands to be read. Opening Lines is a new feature where I'll share some of the best opening lines that hooked me.

To kick things off here's an absolute classic (although it might not translate as well to a more modern audience).

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.


NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
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The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

2 comments:

  1. Great new feature! I'm also very sensitive to the very fist line of a book. I love when a book starts on a strong, witty, impressive first paragraph. It often convinces much more than the blurb!
    I'm planning on reading The Necromancer by the way. Didn't have a chance to do it yet and beside the fact it's an absolute classic, it looks so good!

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    1. I must confess that I haven't read it yet, aside from the opening that is. I do own a copy and am planning on getting to it. Eventually...

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