Today in memorable opening paragraphs

My father had a face that could stop a clock. I don’t mean he was ugly or anything; it was a phrase the ChronoGuard used to describe someone who had the power to reduce time to an ultraslow trickle.

– The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde.

Naturally I am in love with this novel. It only took me two sentences. I love it when an author can do that. I also mistrust it because how can Fforde keep this up? Don’t let me down, dude. I’m a hard marker.

Do you have any lines that stick with you? I keep coming back to Margaret Atwood’s “I long to commit the sin of touch” from Handmaid’s Tale. And an old favourite: “today the sky was bruisy like a dropped baby” from There is no Year. Blake Butler you bad, bad man.

Oh yes. Hi. I’m still alive.

About Rachel Watts

I am a writer from Perth, Western Australia. My speculative fiction novella Survival will be released in early 2018. View all posts by Rachel Watts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: