Friday 7 June 2019

Weekend Blog Hops - 7 June 2019

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book-blogger hopping. 

What's the oldest work (by publication date) you've read?
Hmm. I think for me this is probably The Epic of Gilgamesh, followed by various works from Ancient Rome and Greece.

Opening sentence:
The vampire in the dirty green army surplus jacket and cowboy hat boarded the Canada Northern Star Charter Lines bus from Ottawa to Sault Ste. Marie at noon.

From page 56:
The outward trajectory of his body was stopped only by the steering wheel, which crushed his chest and lungs in a fraction of a second.
My Current Read 
Enter, Night
Michael Rowe

Welcome to Parr's Landing, Population 1,528... and shrinking. 

The year is 1972.

Widowed Christina Parr, her daughter Morgan, and her brother-in-law Jeremy have returned to the remote northern Ontario mining town of Parr's Landing, the place from which Christina fled before Morgan was born, seeking refuge. Dr. Billy Lightning has also returned in search of answers to the mystery of his father's brutal murder. All will find some version of what they seek - and more.

Built on the site of a decimated 17th-century Jesuit mission to the Ojibwa, Parr's Landing is a town with secrets of its own buried in the caves around Bradley Lake. A three-hundred-year-old vampire is slumbering there, calling out to the insane and the murderous for centuries, begging for release - an invitation that has finally been answered. One man is following that voice, cutting a murderous swath across the country, bent on a terrible resurrection of the ancient horror... plunging the town and all its people into an endless night.


  1. This sounds different and that opening pulled me right in. I'd like to read this!

    My Friday 56 from Dead Spider

  2. I actually forgot about read The Epic of Gilgamesh, so I guess that would be my earliest read as well.
    Yeah, pretty graphic 56, but I love it! Happy weekend!

  3. I'm guessing my oldest reads are from Rome and Greece in my Latin class. Interesting question...

    Enter, Night sounds really creepy. Even the cover makes me shiver.

  4. Book Blogger Hop

    I haven't heard of The Epic of Gilgamesh, I'll have to Google it. ;-) I had a look on my Goodreads shelf and my 1988 copy Sourcery (Discworld #5) by Sir Terry Pratchett was the oldest but I was reading books before I discovered Goodreads 😉 and was forever picking up old books from my local charity shops – it’s where I found my little copy of A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that was published in the early 1900s, the 1970’s paperback copies of Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out and my treasured 1930’s copy of Dion Fortune’s The Sea Priestess.

    However, I have also read a loved an number of William Shakespeare's classics - A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably my favourite. I've also read classic folk tales like Beowulf and The Mabinogion.

    Flora x
    My BBH Post

    1. Yes, it sounds like your folklore reads are probably the oldest.

  5. When I sorted my books on GoodReads, it showed the oldest book I had read as The Iliad. I actually have read Gilgamesh, but I didn't think of it. I wonder why it didn't show up?

    1. Perhaps because they don't know an exact date for it, so one isn't listed on the edition you shelved?

  6. I love this BBH question! Great idea! :)

  7. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  8. What an intense 56! I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  9. For the BBH, I got Ancient Rome, too. We had to study Latin in high school so my oldest reading comes from there. Have a nice week!!