You’re in the bookstore, browsing the shelves for… something. You don’t know what, exactly, you’re looking for but you’ll recognize it when you see it. Picking a book at random you open to the first page and begin to read. Two hours later you’re home in bed with a mug of sweet tea, still reading.
The aim of this project is to collect the best opening hooks. This is, obviously, a highly subjective proposition. However, by ranking your favorites we may be able to reach some kind of consensus. So go ahead and vote.
I added this one from Stephen King’s The Shining:
Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick.
I’m going to add this from Elias Canetti’s Auto-da-Fe:
“What are you doing here, my little man?”
“Then why are you standing here?”
“Can you read?”
“How old are you?”
“Nine and a bit.”
“Which would you prefer, a piece of chocolate or a book?”