I was thinking about this in the book thread, and thought I'd throw it open. What's your favorite opening sentence, or paragraph - but no more - from a novel you love, and would recommend? Tell us, and tell us what's so great about the book, in general, or just for you.
My favorite is the opening of William Gibson's 'Neuromancer':
"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
What's interesting about this is that unless you are old enough to remember broadcast TV, this will bring up an image of perhaps a solid blue screen. But it's meant to evoke a screen crawling with static pixels, backgrounded by a hash of static noise washing out of the speakers. It's a kind of deadening grey that is constantly changing and always the same, that beats down your senses and presses against you with the desire for action, for making things *change* just to get away from it.
Which sets the scene entirely for the book.
So what's yours?