Growing up, I devoured most any fantasy books I could get my hands on. It almost certainly started with picture books—anything involving witches or magic immediately caught my attention. Soon I was moving on to Bruce Coville and his Goblins in the Castle and later to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and beyond. After high school, though, and mostly thanks to a college curriculum that was more focused on theatre texts, I slipped away from fantasy worlds. However, lately I’ve been been making the trek back, primarily seeking out anything both fantastical and funny, because, really, who doesn’t need an escape right now?
For this First Line Friday I’d like to share the opening to one of my recent favorites.
After a particularly unrewarding interview with his beloved, Malcolm was driving home along a dark, winding country lane when he ran over a badger. He stopped the car and got out to inspect the damage to his paintwork and (largely from curiosity) to the badger. It was, he decided, all he needed, for there was a small but noticeable dent in his wing, and he had been hoping to sell the car.
‘Damn,’ he said aloud.
‘So how do you think I feel?’ said the badger.
Title: Expecting Someone Taller
Author: Tom Holt
Publication Date: 1987
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