This week, I'm just getting started on Douglas Preston's Blasphemy; reading it for the Suspense-Thriller Challenge. And here, not for the squeamish, are my two teasers (from p.65 of the paperback edition):
"I brought my cat – I couldn't bear to be parted from her. Two days after we arrived, I heard a howl and saw a coyote running off with her."Well, that was pretty awful, wasn't it? So, since I'm still reading A.S. Byatt's Angels & Insects as well, I thought I'd include a quote from that one, too – maybe lighten things up a little. No such luck, I'm afraid. These are from p.273:
Cecilia's lost children approached from the spirit world through the voices of Sophy Sheekhy and Mrs Papagay. Cecilia's marriage had been happy, but the boy Edmund, the child invoked into being in the poem, had died long ago, aged thirteen, followed by his two sisters Emily and Lucy, over the slow years, at nineteen and twenty-one, breaking poor Cecilia's heart.Well, I guess you can't really expect a lot of laughs from Byatt. But I'm hoping the Preston doesn't turn out to be as gloomy as those teasers make it sound. Otherwise, I may have to limit my reading adventures to P.G. Wodehouse and Fannie Flagg for the rest of the year.