Friday, 30 August 2013

Book Beginnings on Fridays...


Hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader

Book Beginnings on Fridays as stated by the host was started:

 "to 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."

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Book Beginning: A Fatal Likeness by Lynn Shepherd

16169845

A bit of blurb
thanks to Goodreads

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein....The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal. In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.



One 

The West Wind

We began before thick in autumn fog; we open now in the fury of  a west and winter wind. Above us high loose clouds drive across a steep grey sky, and beneath our feet the dead leaves are driven before the unseen air like ghosts from an enchanter......




Without doubt this is my favourite genre..dark Victorian Gothic with a hint of doom and long buried secrets...

12 comments:

  1. I read this one under the UK title A Treacherous Likeness Josie, it was fasinating and I liked it. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

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    1. Hi Lindsay - thanks Lindsay - I remember reading and enjoying your review and then I was lucky to get this copy from Netgalley.

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  2. What an eerie opener! Sounds good. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Hi Laurel - I agree it does sound deliciously creepy !

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  3. You had me at the cover...and it only got better when I read the opening sentences. Love the characters and the prose. I must read it!

    Here's my Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/08/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_30.html

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    1. It is a great opener isn't it ....it seems good so far !

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  4. Hi Jo,

    Ah! The lovely, yet dreaded NetGalley would explain why you have the US version of this book, which has one of the best covers I've seen this week by the way! I do try to avoid opening too many of their emails, as it is so easy to succumb to an enormous amount of books, which I could never realistically hope to read.

    Whilst I love the cover and the atmospheric and beautifully descriptive opening lines, I wouldn't read on with this one, once I had sighted the synopsis. I don't really like the idea of second-guessing and fictionalising a literary classic.

    Thank you for sharing those lovely words though and I hope that you continue to enjoy the book.

    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks for visiting Yvonne. I agree Netgalley is very tempting - but I love it :)

      Happy Reading !

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  5. This looks like such a good read! I'll look forward to your review.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read and comment. Much appreciated.

      Happy Reading :)

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  6. Interesting opening! I remember seeing this book on GoodReads but I can't remember if I had added it on my want-to-read list or not *goes off to double-check*

    Thanks for dropping by my blog, hope you had a lovely weekend! :)

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    1. Hi Lianne - hope you 'found' the book on your Goodreads list !

      Happy Reading :)

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.