The Quick

The Quick By Lauren Owen, The Quick NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SLATEFor fans of Anne Rice The Historian and The Night Circus an astonishing debut a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and
  • Title: The Quick
  • Author: Lauren Owen
  • ISBN: 9780679645054
  • Page: 411
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  • The Quick By Lauren Owen, NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SLATEFor fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London 1892 James Norbury, a shy would be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat Through this new friendship, heNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SLATEFor fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus, an astonishing debut, a novel of epic scope and suspense that conjures up all the magic and menace of Victorian London 1892 James Norbury, a shy would be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him In the sinister, labyrinthine London that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural city populated by unforgettable characters a female rope walker turned vigilante, a street urchin with a deadly secret, and the chilling Doctor Knife But the answer to her brother s disappearance ultimately lies within the doors of the exclusive, secretive Aegolius Club, whose predatory members include the most ambitious, and most bloodthirsty, men in England In her first novel, Lauren Owen has created a fantastical world that is both beguiling and terrifying The Quick will establish her as one of fiction s most dazzling talents Praise for The Quick A suspenseful, gloriously atmospheric first novel, and a feast of gothic storytelling that is impossible to resist Kate Atkinson A cracking good read Owen takes the gothic conventions of the vampire novel in a refreshing new direction Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches and The Book of Life A good old fashioned vampire novel What fun The New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice The Quick is that rare book that reviewers and readers live for both plot and character driven, a stay up all night reading romp This is elegant, witty, force of nature writing The Dallas Morning News The book s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the unputdownable novel The Economist A seamless blend of Victorian London and rich imagination Tana French, author of In the Woods A thrilling tale This book will give you chills even on a hot day Minneapolis Star Tribune Stylishly sinister will have you sleeping with the lights on O The Oprah Magazine A sly and glittering addition to the literature of the macabre Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall A big, sly bucketful of the most tremendous fun Owen weaves what s here with what s beyond as easily as J K Rowling does Slate An author of prodigious gifts Owen captures Dickens s London with glee and produces a number of characters Dickens would be happy to call his own Pittsburgh Post GazetteFrom the Hardcover edition.
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    1. Lauren Owen

      LAUREN OWEN studied English Literature at St Hilda s College, Oxford, before completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2009 Curtis Brown prize for the best fiction dissertation The Quick is her first novel She lives in Durham, England.

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    1. Fire is a far effective weapon not only does it destroy the creature s body, but he will be fascinated by its warmth and may be unable to flee More than one of them has died simply by refusing to relinquish the pleasant sensation of immersing himself with a blaze, even though his natural resistance to flame is eventually overcome and his body reduced to ash James Norbury is in London writing feverishly trying to master the art of scribbling He is living with a young, devilishly attractive arist [...]


    2. so, somehow i am supposed to review thisd it s unfair, because it isn t being published until june, and as soon as it is, and people begin to read it and its secrets come out, it won t be necessary to be all coy in the reviews, but for poor little me, reading this all the way back in february, it would be insensitive to be all HEY YOU GUYS, THIS BOOK IS ABOUT SUCH AND SUCH.even though it was spoiled for me before i read it double unfaircause the reveal comes early in the book and if you know it [...]


    3. The Quick is a love it or hate it book I fell into the I loved this camp But, when I pushed it onto my mother and sisters, they didn t like it They all wondered why I had insisted that they read it and waxed poetic about its story I was truly surprised.At first, it reads like a classic English, historical fiction novel Think along the lines of Dickens or Austen And then it changes very quickly into something else, something like urban fantasy I can t say enough how masterful the first part of t [...]


    4. For me, The Quick was a book which suffered under the weight of expectation and hype Every single review I ve read of it on , on blogs, and in the press has highlighted the fact that it has this amazing unexpected twist And I suppose the fact that I knew it had this amazing unexpected twist led me to speculate on what it might be a lot than I would have done otherwise, because although I had no clue about the nature of the twist, I guessed it really early, so it didn t surprise me at all When i [...]


    5. There has been much hush hush about the true reality of this novel but I think hiding this does it an injustice The true genre of this story is the supposed twist and it s not much of a twist in all actuality For those who wish to be kept in the dark, stop reading Bottom line The Quick is nothing than an attempt to combine the enthralling historical fiction aspects of Sarah Waters writing and the Gothic mystery of a classic Anne Rice novel Suffice it to say it was a failed attempt.The main issu [...]


    6. Oh dear The reviews of this book looked promising plus I live in Yorkshire where some if it is set And I LOVED Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell and was hoping for another corker along those lines Not to be.Nearly 100 pages in and I ve had far too much of such childish na ve writing, riddled with clich s and stereotypes As for the twist Subtle as a flying mallet Not for me thank you.


    7. Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.Alas, I am underwhelmed I guess my expectations were raised to boiling point by the prodigious hype splashed around the ARC s cover pages The Quick will establish her as one of fiction s most dazzling talentsnsummate storytelling and suspenseI am in love with Lauren Owen s first novel and so on Imeantersay, all this from Random House I m expecting Dickens, David Foster Wallace and Edgar Allan Poe all rolled into one here.And i [...]


    8. This book was not what I was expecting or hoping for after reading the promotional blurb I was than a little surprised when it turned into a vampire book If I had known it was a vampire book I never would have selected it As this was one of the first books I was approved for by NetGalley I tried very hard to get through it But found it wasn t only the genre that I didn t care for The pacing of the beginning of the book was slow and I never felt connected to the main protagonist I found myself p [...]


    9. This book deserved better treatment from me I ve been so scattered with my reading for the past few weeks that it took me 22 days to read it, and no book is as engaging when it s being read in a million little chunks But despite that, I really, really liked it It s moody and dark, and really doesn t paint Victorian London in the prettiest light we only see the very grittiest side of it The writing feels genuinely Victorian without being dense, and the characters are nuanced and complicated, but [...]


    10. I am sad.Just sad.When Random House gave me permission several months ago to read Lauren Owen s debut novel, I was very excited view spoiler I understood early on that there was a twist and because of the cover and trends in the publishing industry and some early reviews by fellow early readers, I quickly started to suspect what it might be and so I stopped reading any early opinions about the novel.Because I very much thought I d like it, and I very much wanted to like it Because even if it had [...]


    11. A well written debut novel, but I really struggled to finish it It was one of those books where I enjoyed it while busy reading, but as soon as I took a break I felt no compulsion to get back to it, in fact I had to force myself to finish it I liked the historical feel, but could not connect to any of the characters, and found the plot to be slow and predictable I am sure there are many others who will enjoy this though.


    12. I read this in galley form and really enjoyed it I would highly recommend putting it in your to read shelf.As other reviewers have mentioned, it s very hard to talk about without giving away major spoilers, so I will refrain because I don t want to be the one who spoils the secrets I mean, what if I revealed Jack Reacher dies in the next Lee Child and ruined it for everybody Not that he does or anything, but how would you feel And also, a death revelation has nothing to do with this book.Wait, w [...]


    13. This is a cranky review of a book with a good deal of hype The writing is nice enough, and there s lots of plot, and some historical ambiance but I have a giant huge quibble with the marketing and mystique surrounding it which, for me, didn t enhance my reading experience I m hesitant to even try to recap the book lest I give away something I shouldn t In brief, it s set in the 1890s in London, and features siblings who have to find each other as adults after some dramatic stuff happens There s [...]


    14. 3 1 2 StarsThe Aegolius Club is a mysterious club, run by a group of elite and powerful men with many secrets Londoners can only speculate on what goes on behind the walls of the club, but we as a reader are given the privilege to read the journal diaries of a member a mad science known as Dr Knife In these diaries you uncover the truth of what these member seek and represent, and it s sinister then we could ever imagine While snippets of these diary notes were scattered throughout the novel, w [...]


    15. I love historical fiction so was immediately drawn to this tale of a brother and sister growing up orphaned in Victorian Yorkshire, with the young man eventually going on to Oxford then to London to attempt to make his way as a writer From there his life and the plot begin to take twists and turns that I hadn t expected, not having read too many excessive reviews or blurbs And for that, I m happy Surprises in reading are good when they are well done and Owen does them well.I am not going to delv [...]


    16. This is not the book you think it is This is not the book I thought it was But, damn, it certainly was a lot of fun, and fun novels can be hard to come by James goes to live in London to begin his career as a writer in Victorian England when, quite suddenly, he goes missing Really, that s about all I can tell you without spoiling the complete reversal that author Lauren Owen pulls 100 pages into the novel that results in a violent upheaval of all that has come before With that said, Owen has not [...]


    17. Wellwhat can I say I thought about just ending the review there and letting everyone sort figure i mean it.This book is another very slowly building story leaning on some slightly usual characters Almost anything I tell you about the book story plot will constitute a spoiler as the entire book is geared to the slow build up and contributes to the building of said plot Our two main protagonists are introduced as children and the formative events of their lives begin there We are also introduced t [...]


    18. This was a good story about a subject I enjoy The characters started out interesting and full of good intent The setting was a suitably Gothic London In fact everything was in place for my total enjoyment so why did I keep skimming whole sections and generally looking forward to being finished I guess the book was too long for its content Some sections were repetitive and some not really necessary And then strangely the whole lives of two of the main characters sped past in a few chapters Meanwh [...]


    19. Review copyAn auspicious debut for writer Lauren Owen Given my love of horror, at first I thought I may have been misled into reading The Quick From the book s description, 1892 James Norbury, a shy would be poet newly down from Oxford finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat Through this new friendship he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their [...]


    20. This was a promising debut novel, set in Victorian England It begins with two children, Charlotte and James, who grow up in a rambling house in the country Although this part of the book is quite slow, it does set the scene and establish the relationship between the siblings and show how much James means to his sister After their father dies, Charlotte is left in the care of her aunt, while James goes off to school While he is at Oxford he meets a young man in the library, although he doesn t fi [...]


    21. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This book is based on the story of the Aegolius Club that was a British clubmen known by its secretive nature.The plot tells the story of James Norbury After their parents death in Yorkshire, James and his sister Charlotte moved into a small cottage with their aunt, Mrs Chickering.Once James is sent away to school in Oxford, he starts to dream to become a poet There he will meet Christopher [...]


    22. I have read a LOT of vampire books Most of them were pretty terrible After Stoker s Dracula and Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian, it was pretty much all downhill, with very few exceptions Most books in the genre are either sanitized, pleading attempts to humanize something which, by definition, is inhuman, or gleefully perverse, trading on the author s ability to describe horrifying, disgusting violence rather than the ability to weave plot strings What Owen has done here harks back to the trad [...]


    23. A breve la recensione sul canale Nel frattempo posso dire che Charlotte stata inutile e la odio, mentre James un piccolo tesoro Comunque questi finali aperti li odio quasi pi delle protagoniste femminili.


    24. I read this book avidly, even though I detest some of the titles being offered as comparable, like The Last Werewolf and The Passage, and never made it through Dr Strange and Mr Norrell It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to write a vampire novel at this point, especially a literary one, and I was amused to think that, after we ve all enjoyed vampire stories set in the Pacific Northwest, Eastern Europe, and Louisiana, setting your vampire adventure in Victorian London now seems fresh again.The [...]


    25. Il modo in cui l autrice descrive Londra sensazionale Crea quel velo di mistero ed aspettativa veramente speciali, trascina il lettore, in una citt quasi sinistra, misteriosa, piena di segreti Durante la lettura era come se mi trovassi l , accanto a James, in mezzo a strade e vicoli, dentro dei club esclusivi e sinistri.Eppure questo libro pesante e lento In alcuni punti veramente troppo descrittivo, si arriva a met e ancora la storia non decollata Se James un personaggio a tutto tondo, sua sore [...]


    26. 2.5 stars For a debut novel, this has a lot of wonderful strengths, but its flaws gnawed deep into their bones I wish the editor had stepped up the guidance a bit, because with another draft of two, this could have been stunning.This is a vampire story, told in London, late 1800s It has some clever twists, fun characters, and unusual developments Sooooooo much potential The author is quite gifted at voice several of the characters this is told from multiple viewpoints are fully developed, distin [...]


    27. Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC Much appreciated.Now that I ve read this I ve now read some reviews too I came to this one initially not knowing about the twist or had any preconceived ideas other than that it s meant to be really good Unfortunately, before reading, I inadvertently clicked onto a review and a big spoiler was given away with literally one word I was not happy I still don t know why readers feel the need to talk about spoilers, give key plot points awa [...]


    28. The cover of THE QUICK is ridiculously boring sepia toned man leaning on the edge, most of the cover taken up by a table But I was quite intrigued by the blurb, which promised both magic and terror I m glad I paid little attention to the cover, because I thoroughly enjoyed THE QUICK.The action begins when siblings James and Charlotte Norbury are children, just long enough to establish their relationship James is sensitive Charlotte is practically his mother The time then jumps to James deciding [...]


    29. I can t write much about this book without completely ruining the experience, which I refuse to do And this is really upsetting, because I have a near perfect read alike for it, but if I mention it here it will give away the completely surprising plot twist that turns this book on its head about 20% in So, if you ve read this and want my read alike, let me know I ll tell you on the DL.Now, my advice to you read this book sooner rather than later Because people be jerks, and it s going to get spo [...]


    30. Questo libro aveva tutte le carte in regola per piacermi ed infatti mi piaciuto tantissimo Epoca Vittoriana, un romanzo che ha al suo interno aspetti gotici, avventura, mistero, giallo, fantasy ed un pizzico di romanticismo Capite il libro fatto per me Lo stile molto descrittivo, perfetto a mio parere, perch mi sentivo nei luoghi narrati e riuscivo ad immaginarmi tutto alla perfezione Narrato in terza persona ci presenta i punti di vista dei vari personaggi ed in pi abbiamo capitoli di un diario [...]


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