In the Beginning

This is for my friend Nila who posted the first lines of some of her favorite books.


A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.

Dune by Frank Herbert

There is a similarity, if I may be permitted an excursion into tenuous metaphor, between the feel of a chilly breeze and the feel of a knife’s blade, as either is laid across the back of a neck.

Jhereg by Steven Brust

Bandits often lay in wait in the ruins of the old town at the four ways — Jenny Waynest thought there were three of them this morning.

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly

Where Shadows dim with shadows mate

in caverns deep and dark,

where old books dream of bygone days

when they were wood and bark,

where diamonds from coal are born

and no birds ever sing,

that region is the dread domain

ruled by the shadow king.

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Killashandra listened as the words dropped with leaden fatality into her frozen belly.

Crystal Singer by Anne Mccaffrey




2 thoughts on “In the Beginning

  1. Oh my, I want to read all of those! I did try Brust, but put him down for some reason. I’ll definitely check out The City of Dreaming Books. That title alone is intriguing.

  2. Don’t be surprised at the nature of The City of Dreaming Book, because at first you will think it is a children’s book because the main character is a talking dinosaur. The ending is quite an adult story and it had me thinking about it for days in a happy daze.

    As for Brust, I remember highly recommending him to you before, but the Taltos books, while a deeper story as it grows on you, it is not to everyone’s tastes. Consider any or all of these books:

    To Reign in Hell, which is a very different take on Satan’s role.

    Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grille, a story I avoided for a long time because it wasn’t Taltos and just seemed like it was going to be just plain silly. Boy was I stupid!

    Brokedown Palace, which is in the same world as the Taltos story but takes place in the human part of the world and is told in a much more lyrical style (not sure if this is what I truly mean but I can’t think the word to say).

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