Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Silence of Ghosts


This week my teaser lines come from The Silence of Ghosts, by Jonathan Aycliffe -- one of several spooky books I've read lately.
We opened the door and made for the hallway. The sound was louder here, and when I looked up the staircase I could make out a shape, large and inhuman, as it thumped and slithered its way down. (p.94 / loc. 1490)
Ah, yes -- slithering on the stairs. Sounds like Lovecraft, yes? I actually enjoyed this one quite a lot, but I've really got to get away from all these nameless horrors for a while.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Beginnings: Jack of Spades


Jack of Spades, by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press, May 2015). First lines of the book:
Out of the air, the ax. Somehow there was an ax and it rose and fell in a wild swath aimed at my head even as I tried to rise from my squatting position and lost my balance desperate to escape as my legs faltered beneath me and there came a hoarse pleading voice -- "No! No please! No" --
My Thoughts:

Well, why not just jump right into the mayhem? I love Joyce Carol Oates, especially her thrillers. But I have to admit, that opening seemed a little extreme -- even for JCO. Not that there's anything wrong with that. This one grabbed me right away. You?



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Book of Speculation


This week my teaser lines come from The Book of Speculation, the debut novel by Erika Swyler (St. Martin's Press, June 2015). Please note that they come from an advance reader's copy of the book, and might be slightly different in the published version.
They die on the twenty-fourth, all the women, Mom's relatives. They all drowned and they drowned on July twenty-fourth.
These really were the first lines that caught my eye as I skimmed through my copy of the book -- and they definitely had me immediately interested. Hoping to get a review of this one posted very soon.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Truth and Other Lies


This week my teaser lines come from The Truth and Other Lies, the debut novel by German screenwriter Sascha Arango (Atria Books, June 2015).
The liars among us will know that every lie must contain a certain amount of truth if it's to be convincing. A dash of truth is often enough, but it's indispensable, like the olive in the martini. (p.73)
Of course, I wouldn't know anything about that because I obviously ALWAYS tell the absolute truth. Well, don't you?

Oh, and I never drink martinis, either.

Really.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: A Head Full of Ghosts


This week my teaser lines come from A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow, June 2015), Paul Tremblay's chiller about a teenaged girl's apparent descent into madness, as remembered years later by her younger sister. This quote is from page 52 (Loc. 839 of the Kindle edition):
That night, standing in Marjorie's doorway, when I knew nothing of night terrors and old plaster, I saw Marjorie clinging to the wall like a spider.... Her arms and legs were spread-eagled, with her hands, wrists, feet, and ankles sunk into the wall as though it were slowly absorbing her. 
Just hangin' around, Sis?

For some reason, I've been reading a ton of ghostly and gothic tales this year. I didn't set out to do that, so I'm not really sure how it happened. This book seems to be made up of bits from just about every horror film/novel/TV-show I've ever read or seen. But I think that's deliberate. So far, I'm enjoying it just enough to keep on reading.

So, what do you think? Sound like something you'd continue with? Do you read spooky books, or do you prefer something a little more "down to earth"?



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

One of the many thousands of editions

The 4th of July is right around the corner -- Independence Day, one of the most important days in our calendar here in the US. But the date is important for another reason, too. July 4, 1862, is traditionally remembered as the day Charles Dodgson (aka, Lewis Carroll) first began telling his tale of Wonderland to the ten-year-old Alice Liddell, as they were rowing (along with her two sisters and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth) on the Thames near Oxford. A fateful day, indeed.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its companion book, Through the Looking-Glass, were my favorite books when I was a child; and I still love them and still re-read them from time to time. And since this is a commemorative year (the first Alice book was published 150 years ago, in 1865), I thought I'd use an Alice quote for my teaser this week. This snippet is from Chapter VI ("Pig and Pepper") -- Alice has been holding the Duchess's crying baby, but notices that it seems to be turning into a pig (yes, an actual pig -- that sort of thing happens a lot in Wonderland):
So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away quietly into the wood. 'If it had grown up,' she said to herself, 'it would have made a dreadfully ugly child: but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.' And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself, 'if one only knew the right way to change them—' when she was a little startled by seeing the Cheshire Cat sitting on a bough of a tree a few yards off.
The Alice books are true classics that appeal to both young and older readers, and so much literature and art references them. If you haven't read them, you're really missing something.
Alice with pig baby. Drawing by John Tenniel.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Beginnings: Love May Fail


Love May Fail, by Matthew Quick (Harper / June 16, 2015). First paragraph of the book:
I'm kneeling in one of my own bedroom closets -- peering E.T.-like through the white door slats -- when the following epiphany hits me harder than a lawn dart to the eye: I am a disgraceful woman.
My Thoughts:

Pretty good opening, I think. Mysterious and humorous at the same time. I think it's hooked me -- at least for now.

Wish the cover was a little more interesting (even though I'll be reading it on my Kindle, I still check out the covers).

Matthew Quick is the author of the best-selling Silver Linings Playbook, which I haven't read. I did read The Good Luck of Right Now, his humorous novel from last year -- which I loved. I've heard great things about this latest work -- haven't actually started reading it, but it's probably next on my list.

So, what do you think? Would that opening inspire you to go on reading?



Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.