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?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) 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!
“In a distant and secondhand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling starmists waver and part…”
Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
What it’s about:
The Color of Magic is Terry Pratchett’s maiden voyage through the now-legendary land of Discworld. This is where it all begins — with the tourist Twoflower and his wizard guide, Rincewind.
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet…
I know, I should have read this (or any Pratchett, for that matter) long before now. But I haven’t I’ve been trying to read this one for a couple of weeks, and I’m not sure Pratchett is for me. But, I’ve been told that this is the weakest of his books, so I’m hoping that even if I end up DNF-ing this one, I’ll still enjoy some of the Discworld books.