Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Hollow Boy

BookBeginnings (a la Rose City Reader)

“I think it was only at the very end of the Lavender Lodge job, when we were fighting for our lives that unholy guesthouse, that I glimpsed Lockwood & Co. working together perfectly for the first time. It was just for the briefest flash, but every detail remains etched into my memory…”

First Impression: Awww, really? This is book 3, and they’re so very lovable as screw ups! They better not get tooooo efficient.

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join in every Friday, the rules are simple.

Rules: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.

*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.

*Post it. *Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

“Of all the Visitors we’d encountered- of all the Vistitors anyone had encountered in recent times- the skull was the only one capable of true communication. Other ghosts could moan, knock, and utter snippets of coherent sound; and agents such as me, who were skilled at psychic Listening, were able to detect them. But that was a long way from the skull’s ability to engage in proper sustained conversation.”


20 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Hollow Boy

    1. Stroud’s best known for the Bartimaeus series. This one is different- none of the characters are quite as charismatic as Bartimaeus was, but it makes for a more balanced cast. & the worlds he creates are pretty consistently well imagined and nuanced.

    1. It’s technically middle grade, but it’s smarter and funnier than a lot of YA or even adult fiction I’ve read recently! I’ve read most of his stuff, and Stroud can do no wrong, in my book!

    1. I am so happy to hear that!!! (Although the 56 didn’t have a spoiler, just a little clarification on the Skull being a Type 3 Visitor… for those who may have forgotten between books!)

    1. It’s really fun- a “kids book” adults shouldn’t to feel embarrassed about enjoying (not that I think anyone of any age should feel ashamed of enjoying any books because a tag someone’s placed on it…. who was it that there is no such thing as “good children’s books… there are just good books”?)

  1. Sounds like an interesting book! I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Sounds like it has a bit of a strange sense of humour from the Friday 56 😛 x

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