"Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school."
"Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable. The climate was unremarkable. The knights kept..."
"I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbines's father over the top of the Standard Oil sign."
"The first place that I can well remember, was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it."
"How does one describe Artemis Fowl? (Prologue)Ho Chi Minh City in the summer."
"It was 7 minutes after midnight."
"Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York."
"'Honestly, Mrs Hadley,' said Meggie McGregor, wiping her eyes.'Honestly, Mrs Hadley,' said Meggie McGregor, wiping her eyes. 'That sense of humour of yours will be he death of me yet!'"
"There was once, in the country of Alifbay, a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name."
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. "