The Quincunx #quincunx

This is my first, very quick, comment on the book. I am trying to get ahead, deliberately, because I was always a swot but also because I can be a slow reader who is constantly distracted by life and other miseries.

Anyway, I have motored ahead today and I just want to comment on how fantastic the book is shaping out to be. Personally, I find the Dickensian style gratifyingly easy to read and being able to translate the odd bit of Latin makes me feel clever (like I said, I was always a swot). I am completely drawn into the story which is both incredibly well set out and intriguing, the more you read the greater the mystery and the thicker the plot. I’m kind of glad that the book is as long as it is! I have high hopes for the rest.

I am very much looking forward to sharing thoughts with the others reading it at the moment. I hope they are enjoying it as much as I am!

Also, in the 52 books a year stakes, I reckon this counts for at least 5 separate entries.

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I have embarked on this social reading challenge.  Challenge is the right word. The book (The Quincunx – Charles Palliser) is about 1200 words long. It’s described as a Dickensian mystery set in early 19th century England. It has been way too long since I’ve read something that I can get stuck right into so I am looking forward to it. I guess I feel both quite excited and a little daunted so reading with other people should help. I hope.

I would never have read this book had it not been suggested for this project. This is a good thing.

Since writing this blog post I realise I have no idea what the title means! Went to the OED and couldn’t remember my Athens log in password (idiot) so Wikipedia it is:

A quincunx is a geometric pattern consisting of five points arranged in a cross, that is five coplanar points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center. It forms the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five-spot on six-sided dice, playing cards, or dominoes.


Well, we’ll see how long I last. I have to say that I managed to read the first 3 chapters yesterday and it I’m already highly intrigued.