The Quick, by Lauren Owen (Random House, 2014; 523 pages). These are the book's opening lines:
From Clubs of London, by Major Samuel Hobbs (London, 1890)
A brief word here on the Aegolius, which bears the dubious distinction of being the most mysterious club in London. The Aegolius's character and affairs are kept a profound secret, known only to its initiates.
Well, my first thought was that I like that "most mysterious club" bit. But at 523 pages (544 in the Kindle edition), it's going to take me a long, loooong time to finish this one. Probably really shouldn't even have thought of starting it right now.
The Quick is the book chosen for this year's Peril of the Group Read in the RIP/X Reading Challenge. And even though I probably won't be reading along with the group, I've been interested in this one since I first heard about it last year, so decided to just read it at my own pace.
And I must say, it's turning out to be very different from what I expected. More on that, later.
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.