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Old 03-17-2017, 11:46 AM   #1
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Sting "And then the murders began..."

Here's a little game - add "And then the murders began" after the first sentence in a book. I'll start with this example:
"When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton." And then the murders began.
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Old 03-17-2017, 12:08 PM   #2
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Nice!

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. And then the murders began.
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Old 03-17-2017, 01:06 PM   #3
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Picking up the nearest book...

"This is where the dragons went. And then the murders began." - Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Hmm.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:03 PM   #4
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Off the top of my bedside table:

"Ash fell from the sky. And then the murders began." - Mistborn

"A window burst open high above the market. And then the murders began." - Perdido Street Station

"The sea had broken him. And then the murders began." - The Sky-Slayer
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:51 PM   #5
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It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. And then the murders began. - Orwell

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And then the murders began. - Dickens
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:20 PM   #6
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More accurate than I initially predicted.

"We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. And then the murders began. (ASOIAF, Game of Thrones)

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. And then the murders began. (HP - Philosopher's Stone)
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:38 AM   #7
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"There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. And then the murders began..." Lord of the Flies (or not)

"Where's Papa going with that axe?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. And then the murders began..." Charlotte's Web

"Chug, chug, chug. And then the murders began..." The Little Engine That Could
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If you want a loose interpretation of "book"...

Frodo woke and found himself lying in bed. And then the murders began. (FotR book 2)


Aragorn sped on up the hill. And then the murders began. (TTT book 1)


"Well, Master, we're in a fix and no mistake," said Sam Gamgee. And then the murders began. (TTT book 2)


Pippin looked out from under the shelter of Gandalf's cloak. And then the murders began. (RotK book 1)


Sam roused himself painfully from the ground. And then the murders began. (RotK book 2)
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:54 AM   #9
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This is fun!

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. And then the murders began." - 100 Years of Solitude

"Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested. And then the murders began." - Kafka, The Trial

"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began." - Ulysses

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. And then the murders began." - Neuromancer

(In case you find yourself away from your books, as tends to happen to Downers in need of a quote, here's a handy collection of first lines.)
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"Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. And then the murders began." A.C. Doyle The Sign of Four

"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes. And then the murders began." Orwell Animal Farm
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:07 PM   #11
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"Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. And then the murders began." A.C. Doyle The Sign of Four
That's a great one! It's so creepy, making it sound like the murders were caused by a certain aforementioned syringe. Fantastic!
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