First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below.
- Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Please comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out!
Pawnshops in Night Vale work like this.
First you need an item to pawn.
Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Welcome to Night Vale…
…a friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while its citizens pretend to sleep. It’s a town like your town, with a city hall, a bowling alley, a diner, and a radio station reporting all the news that’s allowed to be heard. It might be more like your town than you’d like to admit.
In this ordinary town where ghosts, aliens and government conspiracies are part of everyday life, the lives of two women, with two mysteries, are about to converge.
I wrote a post last year about pre-ordering this book, and have only got round to reading it this week (oops). The first lines really don’t do it justice – it is a unique and unusual narrative, unlike anything I have read before.
Click here to read more first lines!