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First Quarter – The Luminaries

I decided as one of my challenges for 2016, was to finally get round to reading The Luminaries. And summing it all up in four posts throughout the year, this being the first post and slightly later than I planned it to be posted, but here I am nonetheless.

I am ironically at the First Quarter point, not even a quarter of the way through the book. Goodreads tells me it is 17%.

I think the main reason for this is because I am not reading the book enough (stating the obvious) and also I am reading from the hardback copy. This is not conducive to snuggling down under the covers to read for fear of concussion.

I might have to invest in a paperback copy in the near future.

That said, and with fear of impending concussion I am making my way through the novel at a rather slower pace than anticipated, which sums up quite a lot of my reading this year so far.

The characters in the book are in abundance and I am having to get straight in my head who is who and how the feature in the story so far. I knew it was going to be complex.

Walter Moody has arrived in Hokitika, he has stumbled upon the twelve different men drawn together in rather strange circumstances and telling their version of a tale. Death, sex and money seem to be the main thread. Ironically rather than twelve signs of the zodiac, I was more thinking of 12 men on a jury making a decision on something.

I think at this point I need to keep reading.