Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays: Stoker's Worm

This week, my teasers come from Bram Stoker's The Lair of the White Worm, one of the books I've been reading for the R.I.P. IV Challenge. I debated a little with myself about whether or not to use the book, as I generally think "teasers" should be from a book I'm recommending as something readers might like to try. And I'm not really sure I'd put this work in that category. However, it is my "current read," so I'm using it anyway.

In this excerpt, the young protagonist Adam Salton is conferring with his neighbor Sir Nicholas, who's helping him rid the world of the ancient evil residing in a nearby castle:
". . . being feminine, she will probably over-reach herself. Now, Adam, it strikes me that, as we have to protect ourselves and others against feminine nature, our strong game will be to play our masculine against her feminine. Perhaps we had better sleep on it. She is a thing of the night; and the night may give us some ideas." [p.71 of the online edition at Project Gutenberg]
Well, ordinarily I'd be a little miffed at all that blather about her being feminine and "over-reaching herself," and having to protect everybody from "feminine nature." But in this case, the woman they're talking about may or may not be getting ready to turn herself into a gigantic, antediluvian man-eating serpent creature. So I guess you can't blame the guys for feeling a teensy bit threatened, can you?

(Oops! Guess that's a smidge of a spoiler. But this is such a silly excuse for a horror story, I don't think those same rules really apply.)

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or participate yourself, head on over to her blog. And these are the rules: Grab your current read; Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) "teaser" sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you're getting your "teaser" from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given! Please avoid spoilers!

Bram Stoker, ca. 1912. Photo: Wikipedia's Wikimedia Commons.

14 comments:

  1. Definitely an usual teaser, but not in a bad way. Mine is here: http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/10/swiss-courier-teaser-tuesdays.html

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  2. I like 'she is a thing of the night'. I'd be interested to read a review of this...

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  3. Good teaser. I've never read this classic.

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  4. LOL - Great teaser! I like to read about stuff that gets me riled up. Is it a "silly excuse for a horror story" in the lovable fashion of "B" Movies? Might be worth a read then for the laughter!

    My tease is up too:http://sweetvernalzephyr.blogspot.com/2009/10/tuesday-teaser_20.html

    Happy Tuesday - Miranda

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  5. This was a fun post. The teaser was over the top but he rest of your post blew it away. Fun.

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  6. Hmmm... I've never heard of this one.

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  7. The movie is a cult favorite - I love it. I haven't seen the book in years, though. Thanks - great teaser!

    I've got a football teaser today! And a giveaway!

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  8. Sounds interesting, especially your summary with the gigantic man-eating serpent. I've never heard of this book.

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  9. Wow. I think I might also have to read this for its unintentional humor. Good teaser!

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  10. Sounds good. I like the picture you posted!

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  11. I LOVE this story. I actually enjoy it more than Dracula. The movie is a little cheesey though Amanda Donohoe is gorgeous in it.

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  12. Good teaser, but it sounds like one I'll be skipping.

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