I encountered this meme, which struck my fancy. Some are ridiculously easy, some will probably puzzle. This is not by design.
1) Select 5-10 (or so) favourite books.
2) Post the first line from them.
3) Don't mention the title or author. That's for everyone else to figure out.
4) After someone correctly identifies the book, update the original entry to reflect that fact.
1.) Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy.
The Odyessy, Homer. Spotted by herbaliser
2.) The music room in the Governor's House at Port Mahon, a tall, handsome, pillared octagon, was filled with the triumphant first movement of Locatelli's C major quartet.
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian. Spotted by YOSSARIAN.
3.) Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood.
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri. Spotted by midnightglobe
4.) Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Wolfe. Spotted by herbaliser
5.) Two men were sitting in the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest as I entered it; and one of them, I gathered from his low excited voice and wide gestures, was telling the other a story.
6.) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Gospel of St. John. Spotted by herbaliser
7.) So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
Beowulf, Anon. Spotted by midnightglobe
8.) Theoretically a good cook should be able to preform under any circumstances, but cooking is much easier, pleasanter, and more efficient if you have the right tools.
9.) Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendered is the flour.
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. Spotted by herbaliser
10.) There were four of us-- George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.
Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome. Spotted by herbaliser