Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: A Thing of Beauty

So here we are, already five days into the new decade. Can you believe it? I can't. Of course, I'm still sort of stuck in 2009 – finishing up reviews, wrapping up challenges, wondering where the time went.

But this week, I'm looking forward, too – starting my reading for the new year. And today my teaser sentences come from one of those books, The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears. It's the first in a series of detective novels set in the world of art, artists, galleries, and museums. This is the first of the books I've read – for once, I'm starting at the beginning of a series instead of jumping in, midstream. I haven't gotten this far in the book yet, so I'm not sure who's speaking here, but I can certainly appreciate what they're saying:
"What people find beautiful changes over time; you only have to look at the pale, flabby women painted by Rubens to realise that. They were reckoned to be the peak of sensuality in the seventeenth century, now they're overweight matrons; the modern age prefers the skinny Botticelli types. " [p.67]
Pale and flabby? You know, it's just possible I was born a few centuries too late!


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizb17 at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or do a little teasing 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 somewhere on that page. 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!

36 comments:

  1. The story seems like it can be a beautiful one, look forward to your review.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesday-bad-mother.html#comments

    ReplyDelete
  2. Alas, I'll never be a Botticelli type. Good teaser! Sounds like the book might be very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  3. did someone say detective series?

    I prefer to start at the beginning of a series, hopefully one that is not too long. If there are 15 books already, I feel discouraged.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This sounds like something I'd like - a detective novel set in the world of art! Nice tease.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Back when I was the Botticelli type, the kids teased me!

    Now of course I'm not a Botticelli type. But I can't quite fit into Overweight matron, so I guess I'm a nothing? LOL
    I own The Dream of Scipio by Pears, it looks great. I hadn't realized that he wrote these other detective novels as well. I can't wait to hear what you think of this one.

    oh yeah.. my teaser!!
    My teaser is up at The Burton Review

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yes, I had to laugh at the image! I, too, was born too late!

    My teaser:

    http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays.html

    ReplyDelete
  7. Pale? Isn't my memory of Reubens but maybe I've not seen one for two long. Need a reading/art gallery cultural trip!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Seems like a good one...

    here is mine:http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. I always start at the beginning of a series, unless there are like 20 books or something. These sounds intersting. Enjoy :)

    Oh and I'll NEVER be a Botticelli, and I'm fine with that.

    ReplyDelete
  10. A new detective series - sounds good. I usually find them somewhere in the middle.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love it, great teaser! Thanks for visiting mine!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks for the heads up on the book. I will have to add to my buy list. Have a great week :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a great teaser! I am off to check out this book.

    Here's my teaser...http://westietherapy.blogspot.com/2010/01/teaser-tuesdays-look-again.html

    ReplyDelete
  14. I've had mixed views on Iaon Pears but this does sound interesting. One to investigate!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great teaser. :) What comes to my teaser of 'The Love Ceiling', I must say that the book is sad in the beginning but when it goes on it builds up into a lovely story about a woman who realizes that there are so many things she has always been wanting to do and she starts to do those things because she realizes that she never can't now is the going to be tomorrow for her to do those things.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Excellent teaser this week. This looks like an interesting read :)

    I am re-reading Watership Down by Richard Adams this week. You can find my teaser here.

    ReplyDelete
  17. You and me both, born in wrong century. Interesting teaser. Thanks for visiting mine.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Me too girl!! Loved that teaser!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Despite art history being my field I've never gone for fiction set in the world of art - but this does sound intriguing!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I haven't heard of this book before. Sounds good!

    Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great teaser! And how true! I too was born a few centuries too late. My goodness I would have been popular back then. lol.

    ReplyDelete
  22. This sounds like an interesting series...and I love the teaser.

    ReplyDelete
  23. sounds interesting - and so true! Thanks for stopping by my blog

    ReplyDelete
  24. LOL - I was born centuries too late as well! Great teaser.

    ReplyDelete
  25. LOL, looks like I was born a few centuries too late as well! Got this book in my library too... Iain Pears is good!

    And thanks for dropping by my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  26. This sounds like a very interesting series. Good teaser!

    My teaser is here.

    ReplyDelete
  27. This book sounds great, will have to look it up when I'm next book shopping....

    ReplyDelete
  28. I like it! Bring back the BIG is Sexy. :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Very interesting teaser! Thanks for visiting me!

    ReplyDelete
  30. love the teaser and thanks for the comment on my page! Clicked follow!

    ReplyDelete

Welcome and thanks for leaving me a comment. I love to hear from visitors.

Please note that A Little Reading is an "award-free" blog.