FBR Cast: 003 – Famous First Words

Third time is the charm right? Some more wine was consumed by me, a chai latte was consumed by Josh, and for the second episode in a row we broke through the one hour barrier. In this weeks episode we talk about Neil Gaiman and his Sandman prequel, the NPR Top 100 Young Adult Books poll, and the controversy surrounding the Stop The Goodreads Bullies website. We also look at io9’s list of great first lines and provide a few of our own.

The first line in Charlie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

You can listen below, download from archive.org, or in a few days time you should be able to download from iTunes. Have a listen and let us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, where we could improve, and what we could add in terms of content. Remember you can email us at blog@fantasybookreview.co.uk or you can contact us on twitter (@Joshshill and @RyanL1986)


Neil Gaimain to join JH Williams on Sandman Prequel in 2013

NPR Best Ever Young Adult Novels

‘Stop The Goodreads Bullies’ Controversy



Best First Sentences From Fantasy Novels

Josh’s Favourite First Lines:

“My pen falters, then falls from my knuckly grip, leaving a worm’s trail of ink across Fedwren’s paper.”

  • — Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

“Ash fell from the sky.”

  • — The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

“The history of the world begins in ice, and it will end in ice.”

  • — Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

The stains of rust seemed to map blood seas on the black, pocked surface of Mock’s Vane.”

  • — Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Sam Vimes sighed when he heard the scream, but he finished shaving before he did anything about it.”

  • — Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

“Some things start before other things.”

  • — The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Ryan’s Favourite First Lines

“It shouldn’t be so easy to take a life.”

  • — The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon

“The body of the pilgrim, bound to a hastily constructed bier and wrapped in cheap bark-fibre, slid almost too easily over the dirigible’s deck-rail and plunged without a sound into the depths.”

  • — Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria

“The sun was going down by the time they decided to hang me.”

  • — Giant Thief by David Tallerman

“Before she became the Girl from Nowhere – the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years – she was just a little girl in Iowa, name Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte”

  • — The Passage by Justin Cronin

“The man who called himself Bors, at least in this place, sneered at the low murmuring that rolled around the vaulted chamber like the soft gabble of geese.

  • — The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

“In the span of a breath, colour and sound died on the wind”

  • — Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes




  • Trinity Rising by Elspeth Cooper
  • Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson


  • The Air War by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book 8)
  • Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan (Traitor Spy book 3)
  • Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson (collection of Stephenson’s writings)
  • King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire book 2)
  • Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks (The Dark Legacy of Shannara book 1)



The awesome song you’ll hear at the beginning and end of this podcast is Steailng Horses by Karl Buhre, who you can find on Facebook at facebook.com/karlbuhre and on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/KarlAlouatta.

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