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The best 100 opening lines from books

There's nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. As the first thing the reader reads, it's been said that the opening line sells a book whislt the closing line sells the author's next one.
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Lolitorama*

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Επανεφευρίσκοντας τα εξώφυλλα του πασίγνωστου βιβλίου του Βλαντιμίρ Ναμπόκοφ...
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THE COMPOSITES

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Images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters. All interesting suggestions considered. Include descriptive passages if you can. Read more on...

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Dirty Old (Literary) Men: The Top 10 of Writing’s Filthiest Pervert Geniuses - Flavorwire

Dirty Old (Literary) Men: The Top 10 of Writing’s Filthiest Pervert Geniuses - Flavorwire | Λέξεις | Scoop.it
Herein, some of the dirtiest, most salacious and scandalous men in letters, a list of the Top 10 Dirty Old Literary Men.

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Η δύναμη των βιβλίων, σε μία πολύ δυνατή ταινία

Η δύναμη των βιβλίων, σε μία πολύ δυνατή ταινία | Λέξεις | Scoop.it
Μία από τις υποψήφιες για Όσκαρ ταινίες μικρού μήκους κινουμένων σχεδίων, ολόκληρη, εδώ...
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 207, Jonathan Franzen

"Jonathan Franzen’s fiction bears the mark of a Midwest upbringing, his books preoccupied with quiet lives nurtured there and broken apart by contact with the rest of the world. But four long novels into an unusually public ­career, Franzen now moves about the country quite a bit, living most of the year in New York, where he writes in an office overlooking busy 125th Street, and some of it in a leafy community on the outskirts of Santa Cruz, where I met him just a few days before his most recent novel, Freedom, was released.."

 

(Interviewed by Stephen J. Burn)

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Book Dirt: 25 Reasons Real Books Are Here to Stay

Book Dirt: 25 Reasons Real Books Are Here to Stay | Λέξεις | Scoop.it

The e-book publishers would have us believe that paper books are being rounded up to cries of “Bring out yer dead” and dumped by the cartload into burning plague pits.

 

Don’t sound the death knell just yet.


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Writers Wednesday: Famous Authors On Why They Write

From Writer's Relief staff: All writers hit a slump sometimes.

 

Here’s what fuels the fire for these successful writers. Which of these “why I write” manifestos sounds most like you?

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The Top 10 Fiction Books of 2011 - TIME

Take a look at the top 10 of fiction books of 2011, according to TIME.

(There are, also, plenty of other top10 lists).

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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011

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Publishers Weekly editors choose the best books titles and authors of 2011 including fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, fantasy and children's.
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Τα 10 καλύτερα εξώφυλλα βιβλίων του 2011

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Τα 10 καλύτερα εξώφυλλα βιβλίων του 2011.

(Σύμφωνα με το Publisher Weekly).

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Book swaps at London tube and train stations 'a good idea', says Johnson

London mayor agrees to look into creating a network for sharing books at capital's stations in time for 2012 Olympics...

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The best 100 opening lines from books

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Διήγημα - Ξέρω το θάνατό σου

Ήταν αρκετός ο κόσμος που γνώριζε το μυστικό του Τζακ. Όχι πολύς, αλλά αρκετός. Ο ίδιος άλλωστε είχε αφήσει να του ξεφύγουν κάποιες πληροφορίες γι’ αυτό, έπρεπε να μαθευτεί για να το εκμεταλλευτεί. Και του ξέφευγαν σε συγκεκριμένο κύκλο ανθρώπων. Λογικό, δεν θα μπορούσε να το γνωρίζουν όλοι, το πιο πιθανό ήταν να του κρεμούσαν κουδούνια.

 

Σ’ αυτόν, λοιπόν, τον συγκεκριμένο κύκλο είχε επαληθευτεί τρεις φορές το “χάρισμά” του. Και τώρα κάποιοι τον κυνηγούσαν για να μάθουν, είχαν ανάγκη να μάθουν. Ο ίδιος το έπαιζε δύσκολος. Ήθελε να δημιουργηθεί ένας θρύλος γύρω απ’ το όνομά του, ένας θρύλος που θα κρατούσε για πολλά-πολλά χρόνια και θα τον έκανε πλούσιο. Ω ναι, θα τον έκανε πάμπλουτο.

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20 Beautiful Private and Personal Libraries

"We know it’s what’s inside that counts, but one simple fact just can’t be avoided: books are beautiful, and they sure do warm up a room — or, in some cases, an entire building. Plus, at the risk of being totally sentimental, we think that the best books are often the most beautiful: even if their spines are shabby, the exude a kind of well-loved glow, beautiful from the inside out."

 

(I would love No7)


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Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors - Flavorwire

Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors - Flavorwire | Λέξεις | Scoop.it
Writers often use plot charts to organize the threads of complicated stories, but they’ve also been known to crank out diagrams of the travels of other people’s characters, chart-style teaching tools, and even hand-drawn maps.
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Storybird - Artful storytelling

Storybird - Artful storytelling | Λέξεις | Scoop.it

"Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun."

 

Καταπληκτικό site όπου μπορείς να δημιουργήσεις τη δική σου εικονογραφημένη ιστορία και να τη στείλεις όπου θες είτε σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή είτε τυπωμένη. Ωραία και δημιουργική ιδέα για δώρο.

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Πανέμορφα τοπία φτιαγμένα πάνω σε… βιβλία!

Πανέμορφα τοπία φτιαγμένα πάνω σε… βιβλία! | Λέξεις | Scoop.it
Μην φανταστείτε κάποιο είδος ζωγραφικής, πίνακες ή εικόνες στα προαναφερθέντα βιβλία. Τις τελευταίες τρεις δεκαετίες, ο πολυτάλαντος καλλιτέχνης Guy Laramee..
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25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

"I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost.

 

That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though?

 

Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth.

 

Onto the list."

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10 Famous Authors' Famous Addictions

10 Famous Authors' Famous Addictions | Λέξεις | Scoop.it
From Dostoevsky to Hemingway, acclaimed writers have battled a variety of addictions.
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All-TIME 100 Novels

All-TIME 100 Novels | Λέξεις | Scoop.it

Critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923—the beginning of TIME.

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Ακριβά βιβλία, τούβλινα βιβλιοπωλεία

Τα Χριστούγεννα είναι περίοδος των δώρων, και για μένα (και δεν είμαι μόνο εγώ) το βιβλίο είναι ένα από τα δώρ...

 

Συνεχίζεται η δικτυακή αντιπαράθεση για την τιμή του βιβλίου.


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ΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ - Είναι ακριβό το βιβλίο;

«Μόνο 19 ευρώ;» γράφει ειρωνικά ένας αναγνώστης της εφηµερίδας µας. «Στην Αγγλία το αγοράζεις σε paperback µε 5,99 στερλίνες (δηλαδή λιγότερο από 7 ευρώ – τιµή Amazon σήµερα).
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Κάτι σχεδόν μαγικό – Ένας επινοημένος χαρακτήρας παίρνει το λόγο

Είμαι επινόηση κάποιου άλλου. Συμμετέχω σε μια ιστορία που δεν είναι δικιά μου. Ή μήπως είναι;

 

Απευθύνομαι σε σένα άγνωστε αναγνώστη, έχοντας βγει από τα πλαίσια που περιορίζουν τη δράση μου. Δεν κάνω έκκληση για ελευθερία. Μ’ αρέσει η ζωή μου εδώ, θα δεις και παρακάτω. Θέλω απλά να τα πούμε. Να σου πω για μένα. Για εμένα και το δημιουργό μου. Για εμένα κι εσένα. Για τα πάντα – τις πάνω από εφτακόσιες σελίδες που είναι το δικό μου πάντα.

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Lists of Great Book Recommendations from Flashlight Worthy

Handpicked book recommendations, organized into interesting book lists. These books are so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime.
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Το Πρόβλημα Σπινόζα: Irvin D. Yalom

Το Πρόβλημα Σπινόζα: Irvin D. Yalom | Λέξεις | Scoop.it

Το Πρόβλημα Σπινόζα, νέο μυθιστόρημα από τον Ίρβιν Γιάλομ.

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