Friday, 30 November 2012

Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56

Rose City Reader hosts this meme every week for those of us too tired by Friday night to write a lengthy review!
Simply share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Freda's Voice hosts The Friday 56 meme.

Friday 56 goes with Book Beginnings like cheese and crackers, ice-cream and milo or tequila and lime!

Simply go to page 56 of the book you are reading and give us a taster.

This week's book is 'The Peculiar' by Stefan Bachmann.

Book Beginning:

Feathers fell from the sky.
Like black snow, they drifted onto an old city called Bath. They whirled down the roofs, gathered in the corners of the alleys, and turned everything dark and silent, like a winter's day.

Page 56:

It wouldn't do any good to cry. Bartholomew ran his hand over his nose. A crying thief would still be hanged. He looked down at the markings all around him and tried to think.

There has been a lot of hype about the age of this author (18), his unique voice, the beautiful poetic language, the curious creatures and the clever combining of steampunk and fantasy.

The cover is very striking, with eye-catching quotes/recommendations from Rick Riordan and Christopher Paolini.

I'm intrigued to find out for myself what all the fuss is about.


  1. Intriguing! Love the description of the feathers like "black snow."


  2. I'm curious about where all those feathers came from! There must have been a lot since they "turned everything dark and silent." I'd also like to know more about the markings mentioned in your Page 56 entry. This sounds like an unusual book set in a unique world.
    My Book Beginnings / Friday 56 post is from TANGLED ASHES.

  3. This sounds interesting light of the author and the genre. Thanks for sharing! I shall have to keep an eye out for your review if you do one. Have a great week!

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  5. Looks adventurous and fun!

  6. Powerful imagery in the opening... and love the cover art. Enjoy.

  7. Very descriptive opening, and I love the book cover. Happy reading!

  8. I've had my eye on this one. I'm just as intrigued as you are :)


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