I've been thinking about first and last lines from books. Some last lines are famous (The Lord of the Rings) and some first lines are famous (Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice). But often times books are famous without their first and last lines being famous. So, maybe we'll have some first/last lines posts. Or maybe I'll be lazy and just do this one. We'll see. Below the jump are the first and last lines to every book in the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Despite having read them all several times, I was surprised by how long some of the first lines are. The first line from The Far Side of the World is particularly long. If you haven't read any of these books, I can scarcely recommend them highly enough.