A Vastly Underrated First Line Friday

One of my favorite writers of all time is Daniel Handler. Like many people who say this about an author, I’ve read pretty much everything he’s ever written. As a kid, I fell into his unsettling and extremely popular A Series of Unfortunate Events thanks to a suggestion by a well-placed librarian. As an adult, I’ve devoured his novels, like The Basic Eight, and short stories, including those collected in Adverbs. But with an author who’s so prolific, there’s bound to be a few books that don’t quite garner the attention as his most popular ones. So for today’s First Line Friday, I’m sharing an opening from one of his books that I feel is vastly underrated.

I met Phil Needle on Independence Day, two hundred something-something years since America had freed itself from British rule and just a few days after the pirates had returned from the high seas, at a barbecue commemorating that troubled time. I wasn’t invited.

Title: We Are Pirates
Author: Daniel Handler
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: February 03, 2015
Classification: General Fiction

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Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books.

2 thoughts on “A Vastly Underrated First Line Friday

  1. That’s an amazing opening line! I never got into the Lemony Snicket books (I think I read the first 2 or 3, and that was enough), but I loved The Basic Eight! (And haven’t met too many people who’ve read it.) I think I may have picked up a copy of We Are Pirates at some point but didn’t end up reading it, and I think I really should.

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    1. I definitely recommend We Are Pirates! I know reviews on sites like Goodreads are kind of mixed, but I feel like a lot of those came from people expecting something closer to his Lemony Snicket persona. This definitely sits firmly on the side of The Basic Eight! Which, by the way, I love that you’ve read. Such a good book, but yeah, same here—I don’t know many other people who’ve actually read it.


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