Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Beginnings: The Room

The Room, by Jonas Karlsson. Very curious about this one -- it's been called surreal, Kafka-esque, and even fiendish. Sounds like it's right down my street. This is the opening passage:
The first time I walked into the room I turned back almost at once. I was actually trying to find the toilet but got the wrong door. A musty smell hit me when I opened the door, but I don't remember thinking much about it. I hadn't actually noticed there was anything at all along this corridor leading to the lifts, apart from the toilets. Oh, I thought. A room.
I opened the door, then shut it. No more than that.
Initial Thoughts:

Well, so far, I think I like it. It's definitely got me hooked, and wondering what we'll discover in that room. Also sort of wondering if he ever found those toilets.

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.


  1. What a compelling opening. I think you've found a good one here. Here are my quotes of the week.

  2. What an awesome cover! I too would love to walk into that room and find out for myself what is going on. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. Intriguing. It definitely hints that there's going to be more about the musty smelling room. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That's a terrific opening. I'm tempted to buy the book just to find out what's in that room! I hope you enjoy the story.
    My Friday post features CHRISTMAS CRACKER.

  5. Hmmm....sounds scary. I might have to look into it.

  6. What is in that room behind that door? :)

    That would keep me reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  7. I wanna know more about the room too.... so intriguing!

  8. Sounds like the room became important later.

  9. A dramtic and totally realist reaction to opening a door to the wrong room, but still it manages to leave this reader hanging.

    The Picture.


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