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November 13, 2012


greg herren

Nicely done!

I love the first lines of Hunter's Green: "I have no past, I have no future. All I have is the immediate present."

Elizabeth Peters also has some of the best opening lines of all time.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Trixie Belden! SO funny to remember...

Wasn't there--Vicki Barr, a stewardess? And..Cherry Ames, a nurse? Were those all written by the same people?

And Dean, your "lumped in with the hacks" theory is very compelling..hmm..

Dean James

Hank, yes, you're right about Vicki and Cherry. Those two series were written by the same two women, Helen Wells and Julie Tatham (aka Julie Campbell). Campbell also wrote most of the original Trixie Belden books. Other of the girls series were written by different writers, though.

Dean James

Thanks, Greg. The opening to Hunter's Green is definitely compelling, and you're right about Elizabeth Peters. My favorite opening line of hers comes from one of my all-time favorite books, Crocodile on the Sandbank: "When I first set eyes on Evelyn Barton-Forbes she was walking the streets of Rome --."

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