Ten First Lines – Which do you like the best?

I also like to give my creative  writing students a list of ten first lines, unattributed, and find out which ones they are attracted to,  to get them thinking about what makes a compelling beginning. Here’s a list for you:

1. My father has blue hands. – from this book

2. At first, our pack was all hair and snarl and floor-thumping joy. – from a story in this book

3.  When I was eight, my papai took me to the park to watch a king die. – from this book

4. Sophronia intended to pull the dumbwaiter up from the kitchen to outside the front parlor on the ground floor, where Mrs. Barnaclegoose was taking tea. –  from this book

5. I felt like I was trapped in one of those terrifying nightmares, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can’t make your body move fast enough. – from this book

6. A friend of mine has a habit of going to the zoo whenever there’s a typhoon. – from a story in this book.

7. Before Victor arrives, we are bored.  – from a story in this book

8. I inherited a 1968 three-quarter ton Chevy pick-up from my grandfather who mowed lawns and trimmed shrubbery in suburban Los Angeles until he was eighty-seven.  – from this book.

9. What do you wear to the birthday party of your ex-best friend? – from this book

10. Destiny is a saddled ass, my daughters; he goes where you lead him. – from this book

So. Which first line do you like best, and why?

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