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.


  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!

    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...