Famous Last (and First) Words

This just in, courtesy of StumbleUpon.

The Best 100 Opening Lines From Books
The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books

About half the books on each list are on my to-read list. The other half are about evenly distributed: those I’ve read and would read again, those I’ve read and wouldn’t touch again with a bargepole, and those I haven’t read and don’t plan to.

Judging a book by its opening line is more reliable than by the cover – lines don’t get affected by editions – but still a crapshoot anyway.