Friday, January 01, 2016

Five sci-fi & fantasy books with fabulous first sentences

Erin Bow's latest novel is The Scorpion Rules. At she shared five top YA science fiction and fantasy books with fabulous first sentences, including:
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Day One: My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for seven years.
I once heard Joseph Boyden say one key to keeping readers is making them a promise on the first page. He spoke of his own book, in which one character has an addiction to morphine, a two-day supply, and a three-day journey home. Three-Day Road, it’s called. I dare you not to read it.

I also dare you not to read Hale’s Book of a Thousand Days, which is a Mongolian-flavored retelling of the fairy tale Maid Maleen: a princess defies her father, who seals into a tower for seven years. One faithful servant refuses to leave her lady’s side. But seven years is a long time, and the food is running low…

Call a book a Book of A Thousand Days, and open day one with the only window being bricked up slowly? Do you promise? Because I’m yours.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue