I first heard about The Scorpio Races in a writing workshop a handful of years ago. The first line was read aloud as a great example of how to start a book.: “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
Slight confession: I totally thought the book was about galactic drag racing.
Cars aren’t my thing. I’d be happy in a buggy, so I only now braved it. And can’t believe I missed out for so long. But here’s 5 reasons why you should ignore any preconceptions you might have, leave your day job, visit to your nearest bookstore, and buy all copies:1. The island of Thisby sounds like the perfect inspiration for an artistic getaway. Gray skies? Check. Fishy smells? Check. Weird people? Check. Warm, gooey, honey filled November cakes? Check.
It’s the details that bring this setting to life.
2. Hullo?? Magical seahorses!!
They sound just as awesome as unicorns, except a lot more frightening and bloodthirsty and…okay…maybe not quite like unicorns. But still.
3. The long, slow romance between Puck and Sean Kendrick. Not all loves are loud. Not all loves need the burning tingles to be real. In a world where our entertainment always shows us burning passion, I enjoyed the quiet, subtle romance.
4. The relationship between Sean and his capaill uisce really depicted for me the tenuous connection between man and nature. Also, the relationship between Puck and her brothers–like her, I’d do anything for my siblings.
5. The horse culture felt so real. Granted, I only rode horses for a couple years in elementary school since my friend owned a horse. And even then, I was half terrified of the mondo beast. But the culture totally reminded me of my horse phase because it felt so authentic.
Bonus: That last paragraph of the book. This was me: