Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: The Exploding Grandmother

This week my teaser lines come from The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant. It's a strange book, and I'm enjoying it so far, but it's a bit slow getting started. This snippet comes from the end of Chapter 3 and has the book's main character, eleven-year-old Pia, speaking about her grandmother's death:
My mother was right about a lot of things, but on one topic she was spectacularly wrong, and that was the fascination with Oma Kristel's death. Even now, so much later, and after all that happened that terrible year, I am quite convinced that if you mentioned the name of Kristel Kolvenbach to anyone in Bad Munstereifel, they would instantly say, "Wasn't she the woman who exploded at her own Advent dinner?" (p.14)
Well, that would be a memorable way to exit, now wouldn't it?


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

47 comments:

  1. Good one -- yes, I think that would be just a bit memorable.

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  2. That's a great teaser! I haven't even heard of the book before.

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  3. haha, pretty memorable :)

    My Teaser today is from a fiction book set in Ancient China, which reads like fairy tale fantasy.
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  4. This book sounds intriguing. And I love the cat book cover.

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  5. What a way to go... there one minute, gone the next.

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  6. Nice teaser. i'm on the fence about this book myself, I might give it a try

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  7. Wow, what an exit! Sounds fascinating...I like that cover, too.

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  8. Nothing that interesting ever happens in my family ... for which I think I'm grateful!

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  9. Exploded?...what a way to go!!
    CMash

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  10. Sounds awesome, and yes a memorable exit indeed! My Oma didn't go out that way... wouldn't been something if she had.

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  11. Intriguing and disturbing at the same time. Thanks for dropping by Calico Contemplations.

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  12. Interesting teaser! And a great cover.

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  13. Cute teaser! he-he, What a way to be remembered. Thank you for stopping by my teaser.

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  14. That would make an impression. Great teaser!

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  15. Exploded?!

    That's going to be a memorable teaser. I'm sure I'll be wondering about it right up until I can get a hold of the book.

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  16. Interesting teaser! That's a very nasty way to die.

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  17. That would definitely make a lasting impression. Good teaser!

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  18. That is unforgettable moment!Nice teaser ;p

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  19. That certainly is making a statement. Great teaser.

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  20. Wow. I'd have been interested in the book for the cat shape on the cover alone. But that teaser sent my eyebrows waaaaay up. Extra incentive to read it! Excellent choice.

    Meanwhile, my own teaser is at Bookishgal.

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  21. The title for post really caught me eye -- I just had to know about how she exploded! Nice teaser!

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  22. I've been curious about this book. I enjoyed your teaser very much.

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  23. I do agree that it would certainly be a memorable way to exit and very dramatic!
    Thanks for stopping by to read my teaser today which I quite appreciate!

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  24. Goodness! What a visual!

    Thanks for visiting!

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  25. Wow! Memorable teaser, that's for sure. I like the cover too. I'll be looking forward to your review.

    Mine's from Devil to Pay, a book I wrote.

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  26. That would certainly be memorable! Makes you think what really does happen... Thanks for the comment on my Thanks for the comment on my post!

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  27. That's a great teaser! I'll have to check out that book.

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  28. It certainly IS memorable! That's the best teaser I've read so far today!

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  29. Reminds me a bit of the Harry Potter novel in which that mean aunt blew up like a balloon and floated away... :-D

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  30. Exploded huh? Well that certainly grabbed my attention. Great teaser.

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  31. Fantastic teaser! Definitely makes a memorable exit.

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  33. WOW! Absolutely awesome teaser! Now I wanna know what happened!

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  34. Wow! Now that's what I call a twist! Jeez... haha Please tell me the book's something I read (i.e. not horror or such)!

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  35. Definitely. Such a memorable death could hardly be forgotten.

    Mine's from Devil May Cry.

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  36. Haha, I love it! Definitely a great teaser, I bet everyone's dying to read more about the exploding woman :D

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  37. Eek! Talk about a dramatic way to go! Excellent teaser! :)

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  38. Definitely the best teaser :) Sorry about the late response, didn't get to everyone's pages on time!
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  39. That certainly would be a memorable way to go! This is a great cover.

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  40. Exploded at her own Advent dinner... oh my. Apoplexy? Intriguing teaser!

    And thanks for dropping by mine! :)

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  41. HA! That's hilarious. I love little bits of absurdity like that. I think I probably need to read the book. Great teaser! And thanks for coming by mine earlier in the week. *grin*

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  42. Nice teaser...and I love the cover...it's so cute

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