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!
“The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight.”
Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
What it’s about:
Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a science-fiction classic that has changed the way we look at the stars–and ourselves. On the moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent deep into our solar system. But before they can reach their destination, things begin to go very wrong. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn at the turn of the 21st century, Arthur C. Clarke takes us on a journey unlike any other. Brilliant, compulsive, and prophetic, and the basis for the immensely influential Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man’s–and technology’s–place in the universe and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling.
Confession time: I haven’t even seen the movie. I’m not even sure I knew it was a book until about 10 years ago, but still, I should have either seen or read this by now. I think we might even own the movie *facepalm* On the bright side, I’ve been in the mood for some sci-fi recently, and I just got the kindle edition of this on sale today ($1.99!), so maybe I’ll actually, finally, read it soon. (The edition up there is the Penguin Galaxy edition, and it’s pretty and shiny and I want it.)