Monday, December 12, 2016

Five SFF novels with perfect opening lines

At, Soman Chainani tagged five SFF novels with perfect opening lines, including:
Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

“Quentin did a magic trick. Nobody noticed.”

In a single line, Lev Grossman already separates his ‘magic school’ novel from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, to which it is inevitably compared. Here is a hero who knows he is a magician, versus a boy on which a magical destiny is thrust. Here is a boy who wants people to notice his magic. And here is a boy longing for a world who will appreciate his ability to do magic… All this in two simple sentences.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Magicians is among Christian McKay Heidicker's six top read-aloud books for grown-ups, Diana Biller's five creepiest rabbits in fiction, Jenny Kawecki's seven fictional schools that couldn't pass a safety inspection, Entertainment Weekly's top ten wickedly great books about witches, Jason Diamond's top fifty books that define the past five years in literature, and Joel Cunningham's eight great books for fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History.

The Page 69 Test: The Magicians.

--Marshal Zeringue