It was a dark and stormy night...
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The first sentence of a book is very important. It has to draw in the reader. I am interested in the choices various authors made for the first sentence. Here are some first sentences of some of my favorite books. I tried to avoid obscure books. I also avoided any translated books, as the wording would have changed in the translation.

Try and see if you can guess what book each is from. Some are easy, some are more difficult. The first one to guess each correctly will be given 5 geekgold. No fair using the internet to find the answers.

Others, feel free to add to this list, but I will not be giving geekgold for guessing other people's submissions.
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1. Board Game: Bon Voyage [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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This is my favorite opening line and the inspiration for this list.

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
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2. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:6556]
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"This time there would be no witnesses."
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3. Board Game: MythBusters: The Game [Average Rating:5.18 Unranked]
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"One of the few redeeming facets of instructors, I thought, is that occasionally they can be fooled."
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4. Board Game: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Adventure Game [Average Rating:4.06 Unranked]
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"In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netly to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army."
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Princess & the Dragon [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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"This is my favorite book in the whole world though I have never read it."
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6. Board Game: Berserker Halflings from the Dungeon of Dragons [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6510]
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."
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7. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:222]
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"You've hiked through Snake Canyon once before while visiting your Uncle Howard at Red Creek Ranch, but you never noticed any cave entrance."
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8. Board Game: The Dangerous Book for Boys Game [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
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"All children, except one, grow up."
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9. Board Game: Munchkin Quest 2: Looking for Trouble [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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"One thing was certain, that the WHITE kitten had had nothing to do with it; it was the black kitten's fault entirely."
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10. Board Game: Timber Tom [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2247]
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"TOM!"
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11. Board Game: Jonathan [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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"3 May. Bistritz.--Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late."
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12. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:761]
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"TRUE!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?"
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13. Board Game: Dragonriders [Average Rating:5.13 Overall Rank:10473]
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"Lessa woke, cold."
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14. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:79]
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"The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village."
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15. Board Game: I See Three [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
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"Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes."
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16. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:366]
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"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
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17. Board Game: Pocket Enigma [Average Rating:3.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:3.15 Unranked]
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"Two tires fly, two wail. A bamboo grove, all chopped down. From it, warring songs."

BTW, for all my posts I will award 5 GG if guessed in the first 48 h after posting, and 1 GG after that.
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18. Board Game: White Death [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:3196]
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"Call me Ismael."
Now that one should be easy...
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19. Board Game: Discovering London [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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"The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself."
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20. Board Game: Flying Colors [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:949] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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"A January gale was roaring up the Channel, blustering loudly, and bearing in its bosom rain squalls whose big drops rattled loudly on the tarpaulin clothing of those among the officers and men whose duties kept them on deck."
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21. Board Game: The Coming Storm [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:2947]
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"They moved swiftly, silently, with purpose, under a crystalline, star-filled night in western Siberia."
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22. Board Game: Air Empire [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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"Emily Jansen sighed in relief. The long flight was nearing an end."
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23. Board Game: Where's Willie? [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Fraser adjusted his spectacles to the angle which he knew would produce the effect of prim stupidity he favoured most."
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24. Board Game: Ian Botham's Sporting Challenge [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling -a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension- becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it."
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25. Board Game: Family Affair [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"My father had a face that l stop a clock. I do not mean that he was ugly or anything; ..."
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