TwitterLit: the first line of a book, sent to you via Twitter (or RSS), but with only an Amazon link to the title, so you can try and guess where it’s from. Found via the excellent blog of writer Ian Hocking. Lovely idea, since first lines are such a compelling topic to think about. Although I love the opening to Orwell’s 1984, and of course, as I’ve mentioned before, the opening to Neuromancer, I think my favourite first line is the one from Toni Morrison’s Paradise:
Simple, short, stark and yet stacked with questions. Interesting tense, too.
UPDATE: There’s now a UK version of Twitterlit, which links to Amazon.co.uk, here, and you can also get updates via Email, in addition to Twitter and RSS.