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Mean Mr. Mustard 04-20-2017 11:51 AM

What is the first sentence from the book you are currently reading?
 
"I think it was my love of wrestling that first took me to the dance hall."


-from Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello


mmm


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ivylass 04-20-2017 12:16 PM

The primroses were over.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams. It was the one book I was forced to read in school that I liked, and after his death this year I wanted to read it again.

stpauler 04-20-2017 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Raymond Carver
It's August and I have not
read a book in six months
except something called The Retreat From Moscow
by Caulaincourt.

From the poem compilation "All of Us: The Collected Poems".

yanceylebeef 04-20-2017 12:33 PM

"Like most forms of corruption, it began with men in suits."

Real Tigers, (Slough House) third book in the series.
Mick Heron

mikecurtis 04-20-2017 12:40 PM

How did the Marquis de Lafayette win over the stingiest, crankiest tax protestors in the history of the world?

from Lafayette in the somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

mc

Unabashed Fascist 04-20-2017 12:56 PM

"Quantitative Finance is a highly complex interdisciplinary field, which covers mathematics, finance, and information technology; navigating it successfully requires specialist knowledge from many sources, such as financial derivatives, stochastic calculus, and Monte Carlo simulation."

- Advanced Quantitative Finance with C++ by Alonso Pena

I try to read a technical book ever quarter, and I choose this one because I was interested (and super ignorant) regarding the techniques behind high frequency trading. The programs which do HFT need to make predictions and arbitrages really, really fast, as billions of dollars are being moved around every minute.

It's some of the most optimal code around. The fiber optic cables which they use to connect the servers in the NYSE are all measured to be the exact same length, as even a foot of difference adds an additional 1.5 microsecond delay, which could be the difference between making or losing money.

It's like an enormously complex game of undeterminable size and dimension, with millions of moves made daily, all by highly efficient programs. It's honestly kind of scary. I mean this is the backbone of the world's economy we're talking about here.

Bricker 04-20-2017 12:56 PM

Quote:

My favorite author, Edith Wharton, wrote in her autobiography, "My last page is always latent in my first, but the intervening windings of the way become clear only as I write." So it has been with me as I have undertaken to make sense of my own path.
- All That is Bitter and Sweet: a Memoir, by Ashley Judd.

Dendarii Dame 04-20-2017 12:59 PM

"A large, clear plastic ball rolled across the Atlantic Ocean off Miami Beach."

Clownfish Blues, by Tim Dorsey.

CalMeacham 04-20-2017 01:12 PM

Quote:

That other book, which I made before, was named "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Maybe you remember about it. But if you don't, it don't make no difference, because it ain't got nothing to do with this one.

Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians by Mark Twain

blondebear 04-20-2017 01:16 PM

"I'm not sure why I feel compelled to tell you this straightaway, for it was a plan I abandoned thoroughly long ago."

--In Nevada by David Thomson

koeeoaddi 04-20-2017 01:24 PM

"To Athene then. Young Gnossos Pappadopoulis, furry Pooh Bear, keeper of the flame, voyaged back from the asphalt seas of the great wasted land: oh highways U.S. 40 and unyielding 66, I am home to the glacier-gnawed gorges, the fingers of lakes, the golden girls of Westchester and Shaker Heights."

-- Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, by Richard Farina

Roderick Femm 04-20-2017 01:32 PM

"When word got about that Richard Jewell had been found with the greater part of his head blown off and clutching a shotgun in his bloodless hands, few outside the family circle and few inside it, either, considered his demise a cause for sorrow."

A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black.

silenus 04-20-2017 01:42 PM

"It has been said that every great man deserves a biographer."

"Phule's Company" by Robert Asprin.

Pai325 04-20-2017 01:51 PM

I love reading Christmas stories, and this is a good time to do it. This is from Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis.

There was a Christmas tree in the lobby when Lauren got to work, and the receptionist was sitting with her chin in her hand, watching the security monitor.

panache45 04-20-2017 01:54 PM

"The handsome dining room of the Hotel Wessex, with its gilded plaster shields and the mural depicting the Green Mountains, had been reserved for the Ladies' Night Dinner of the Fort Beulah Rotary Club."

It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis (First Edition)

Spiderman 04-20-2017 01:55 PM

& then the murders began


mmm, which first sentence?
  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1

SpoilerVirgin 04-20-2017 02:03 PM

"About five hundred years ago there was fighting in Kham, in eastern Tibet, and many refugees fled."

- Tigers of the Snow: How One Fateful Climb Made the Sherpas Mountaineering Legends by Jonathan Neale

Mean Mr. Mustard 04-20-2017 02:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spiderman (Post 20151162)
& then the murders began


mmm, which first sentence?
  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Inner Stickler 04-20-2017 02:19 PM

"Myth is a notoriously slippery term."

From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths

Emily Litella 04-20-2017 02:23 PM

Tess sways with the night breeze, wet grass between her toes, remnants of old drinking songs at her back.

Tress - Larissa Brown

Dung Beetle 04-20-2017 02:26 PM

"Thank you for coming. Please, won't you sit with me a moment, my friend?"

Although I think the chapter title is much more in line with the vibe of the book: "Hello, Slattern!"

- Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

Spiderman 04-20-2017 03:02 PM

At a press conference held the day before the 2010 Chicago Marathon, returning champion Sammy Wanjiru confessed that he was only 75 percent fit for the race.

from How Bad Do You Want It? by Matt Fitgerald

G0sp3l 04-20-2017 03:11 PM

"The Morris dance is common to all inhabited worlds in the multiverse." - Reaper Man, Pterry

madmonk28 04-20-2017 03:15 PM

"The goal of fly fishing isn't just to catch fish, but to catch them with style." A Fly Rod of Your Own-John Gierach.

Gordon Urquhart 04-20-2017 04:09 PM

'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold."

I've read a couple of Hunter S. Thompson's books, but never Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

RealityChuck 04-20-2017 04:25 PM

It is possible I already had some presentiment of my future. -- The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe

Tibby 04-20-2017 04:30 PM

The sun did not shine.

--D. Seuss

jtur88 04-20-2017 04:40 PM

"--Totally naked, for God's sake?"

"M/F", by Anthony Burgess (1971)

Ike Witt 04-20-2017 04:46 PM

"The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason."

Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

Kimble 04-20-2017 04:49 PM

"Mr. Dunworthy opened the door to the laboratory and his spectacles promptly steamed up." -- Doomsday Book, Connie Willis

E-DUB 04-20-2017 04:50 PM

I was torn between posting

"Call me Ishmael."

or

"It was a dark and stormy night."

But the guy who posted "Fear and Loathing" gets points.

ftg 04-20-2017 04:54 PM

"A second later, I died."

Nope, not fiction.

Our Mathematical Universe, Max Tegmark.

He got better, thanks to the Copenhagen Interpretation.

Darren Garrison 04-20-2017 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ike Witt (Post 20151541)
"The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason."

Seveneves - Neal Stephenson

The book is all downhill from there.

Mahaloth 04-20-2017 05:04 PM

"Morwenna’s face floated in the single beam of light, lovely and framed in hair dark as my cloak; blood from her neck pattered to the stones."

Claw of the Concillator - Gene Wolfe

hogarth 04-20-2017 05:35 PM

"Men can do nothing without the make-believe of a beginning."

from "Daniel Deronda" by George Eliot

Sicks Ate 04-20-2017 06:01 PM

"For the British, and, indeed, I think for most Europeans, Tibet has during the last fifty years held a growing and a particular fascination."

You can probably guess.

dwyr 04-20-2017 06:04 PM

"A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air."

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

Marvin the Martian 04-20-2017 07:34 PM

"I am a member of what I believe to be the last recognizable generation of full-time, life-time American novelists."

I am re-reading Kurt Vonnegut's Palm Sunday (or al least selected parts thereof) for the umpteenth time.

Mean Mr. Mustard 04-20-2017 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E-DUB (Post 20151551)
I was torn between posting

"Call me Ishmael."

or

"It was a dark and stormy night."

But the guy who posted "Fear and Loathing" gets points.

Did you consider, you know, posting the first sentence from the book you are currently reading?


mmm

terentii 04-20-2017 07:56 PM

"I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles), who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as 'Claudius the Idiot', or 'That Claudius", or 'Claudius the Stammerer', or 'Clau-Clau-Claudius', or at best 'Poor Uncle Claudius', am now about to write this strange history of my life; starting from my earliest childhood and continuing year by year until I reach the fateful point of change where, some eight years ago, at the age of fifty-one, I suddenly found myself caught in what I may call the 'golden predicament' from which I have never since become dientangled."

I, Claudius by Robert Graves. The second half of the book is Claudius the God.

chrisk 04-20-2017 07:59 PM

Another Multiverse line from the Discworld:

"It is hard to understand nothing, but the multiverse is full of it" (Raising Steam)

Little Nemo 04-20-2017 08:01 PM

At 2:50 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 1939, a telephone rang in a darkened bedroom on the second floor of the White House.

Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World by Michael Fullilove

Little Nemo 04-20-2017 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dung Beetle (Post 20151228)
"Thank you for coming. Please, won't you sit with me a moment, my friend?"

Although I think the chapter title is much more in line with the vibe of the book: "Hello, Slattern!"

- Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

I feel "Thank you for coming." gets into the spirit of a guide to sex and manners.

don't ask 04-20-2017 08:05 PM

As soon as the door opened he knew he was dead.

John Katzenbach, "What Comes Next"

blondebear 04-20-2017 08:07 PM

My earlier post was from the book I'm reading at work. Here's the first line of the one I'm reading at home:

"In Big Bend National Park, the Rio Grande is so low because of drought, locals are calling it the Rio Sand".


--The Hour Of The Land by Terry Tempest Williams

The Tooth 04-20-2017 08:13 PM

"Quaraqua."

-Jack McDevitt, The Engines of God

Battle Pope 04-20-2017 08:23 PM

Quote:

The space station Belvaille was not the most corrupt city in the galaxy, but we liked to think we were in the top five.
Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy by Steven Campbell

wonky 04-20-2017 09:10 PM

"I am Ivan."

From The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.

5 time champ 04-20-2017 09:19 PM

“THE SECRET Service holds much that is kept secret even from very senior officers in the organization. ”

Just completed my third or fourth rereading of The Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian Fleming. Actually a little better than I remembered.

susan 04-20-2017 10:02 PM

"Bon Agornin writhed on his deathbed, his wings beating as if he would fly to his new life in his old body."

--Jo Walton, Tooth and Claw (a romantic Victorian novel where everyone is a dragon)


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