Don't know how I've managed to miss out on Clive Barker, but The Thief of Always is my introduction to his work. It was a recommended e-book on Amazon the other day, so I downloaded it to the Kindle and started reading. Here's the first paragraph:
The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. Here he was, buried in the belly of that smothering month, wondering if he would ever find his way out through the cold coils that lay between here and Easter.
Initial Thoughts: I started reading this in February, and it just reached out and grabbed me. I felt exactly the same way young Harvey felt: Will we never see the end of this ridiculously long, cold winter? "Great gray beast" describes it perfectly. So I definitely loved the beginning -- and so far, the rest of the book has been pretty enjoyable too. Of course, it's another young adult novel -- I seem to be sort of stuck in the young adult world this year. But at least I'm reading again.
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.