19 opening lines that will make you want to read Elmore Leonard’s novels right now

Often called the “Dickens of Detroit”, Elmore Leonard wrote an incredible forty-five novels in a career spanning nearly sixty years. In 2010, he also wrote his Ten Rules for Writing, the first of which was “Never open a book with weather.” So what did he open his novels with? To see for yourself, check out nineteen awesome opening lines guaranteed to make you want to read his work right now.

“At first I wasn’t sure at all where to begin.”—Hombre (1961)

“They were watching Ryan beat up the Mexican crew leader on 16mm Commercial Ektachrome.”—The Big Bounce (1969)

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13 quotes from Fahrenheit 451 that will make you think differently

Fahrenheit 451 published by Ray Bradbury in 1953 is arguably one of the greatest dystopian novels ever written. To see why check out some of the most awe-inspiring Fahrenheit 451 quotes from a novel guaranteed to make you think differently.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

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Yee haw! 10 novels that show how wild the West really was


Forget your cowboy movie blockbusters and your local barn-dance knees-up; if you want to get seriously down and dusty with the Wild West, grab yourself a paperback. The Western novel might be a genre currently out of favour, but it has a long and illustrious history.

In fact, Western fiction can be traced all the way back to James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. This series of five novels featuring Natty Bumppo, the child of white parents who grew up with Native Americans, was launched in 1824 with publication of The Prairie. Set west of the Mississippi River, it tells of the trials and tribulations of frontier living. It might seem dated now, but it helped launch a genre responsible for a century of classics. To see for yourself, check out our ten magnificent must reads.

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