Friday, June 27, 2014
New Release: The Quick
In late-Victorian London, there are all sorts of people -- scholars, shopkeepers, beggars, and, well, vampires. The Quick by Lauren Owen explores the stories of both the hunters and the hunted, the Quick (live people) and the un-dead.
I wanted to love this book based on the published summary but that summary didn't mention one main thing -- that it was a vampire story. This wasn't bad on its own but it made the book sound quirkier and more mysterious than it ended up being. Vampires aren't exactly mysterious anymore. I thought it was a good story but not a stellar one. Owen's love of all things Victorian and her scholarship certainly came through and I do hope that she decides to write about this time period again -- just not about vampires.
Hanging out in the sun,