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Teaser Tuesday: The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

I’m still reading The Way of All Flesh, the semi-autobiographical novel written by Samuel Butler. At Butler’s request, it was published posthumously because it chronicles Butler’s oppressive childhood and boldly attacks the hypocrisy of Victorian society.

Here is another not so random quote:

The Way of All Flesh“Fortune, we are told, is a blind and fickle foster-mother, who showers her gifts at random upon her nurslings. But we do her a grave injustice if we believe such an accusation. Trace a man’s career from his cradle to his grave and mark how Fortune has treated him. You will find that when he is once dead she can for the most part be vindicated from the charge of any but very superficial fickleness. Her blindness is the merest fable; she can espy her favourites long before they are born. We are as days and have had our parents for our yesterdays, but through all the fair weather of a clear parental sky the eye of Fortune can discern the coming storm, and she laughs as she places her favourites it may seem in a London alley or those whom she is resolved to ruin in kings’ palaces. Seldom does she relent towards those whom she has suckled unkindly and seldom does she completely fail a favoured nursling .”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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Teaser Tuesday: The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

I set a goal in 2011 to read (or re-read) the books on the Modern Library’s Top 100 list.  My goal this year is to make 10 of the 50 books I plan to read from that list. It’s been since September that I’ve read any from the list so I thought I’d better return to it. The last two I read (1984 and Brave New World) ranked high on the list (13 and 5, respectively), and I enjoyed both. The Way of All Flesh is ranked # 12, so hopefully I will like this one just as much. Plus, George Orwell, the author of my favorite read from 2013 (1984) praised the book. Here is an excerpt:

The Way of All Flesh“Those were the days in which all great things seemed far off, and we were astonished to find that Napoleon Bonaparte was an actually living person. We had thought such a great man could only have lived a very long time ago, and here he was after all almost as it were at our own doors. This lent colour to the view that the Day of Judgement might indeed be nearer that we had thought, but the nurse said it was all right now, and she knew.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiantI’m almost finished with the third book in the Divergent trilogy now. I thought the first book, Divergent, was brilliant.  I had a hard time putting it down. The other two, while still good, didn’t quite meet the standard Roth set with that first one. Here is an excerpt from the last book in the series, Allegiant:

“Ahead of us is the Hancock building, and beyond it, Lake Shore Drive, the lazy strip of pavement that I once flew over like a bird. We walk the cracked sidewalk side by side, our clothes smeared with Edward’s blood, now dry.

It hasn’t hit me yet: that Edward, by far the most talented transfer initiate we had, the boy whose blood I cleaned off the dormitory floor, is dead. He’s dead now.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: Divergent by Veronica Roth

divergentI’m finally getting around to reading the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Here is an excerpt from the first book in the series, Divergent:

“People are everywhere, all dressed in black, all shouting and talking, expressive, gesturing. I don’t see any elderly people in the crowd. Are there any old Dauntless? Do they not last that long, or are they just sent away when they can’t jump off moving trains anymore.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: See by Jamie Magee

seeThis week’s teaser comes from See by Jamie Magee.

“I’d stopped talking about the whispers when I was thirteen; by then, I’d discovered how to muffle them: headphones. In the beginning, it was only when I listened to my father’s music, but as the months and years passed, I found that almost any music–at least music with a guitar–could hinder the fearful sounds around me.'”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read

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  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: The Seance by Tricia Drammeh

the seanceToday’s teaser comes from fellow WordPress blogger and Indie Author Tricia Drammeh. As an author who has experience with both traditional and self publishing, she shares many valuable lessons with the rest of us aspiring authors. She blogs about social media, promoting and pricing your work, and dozens of other related topics like this recent post.

I wish she had a category menu or category cloud on her site so the posts were easier to find (hint, hint, Tricia), but I suggest you dig for them because they are well worth the read.

I started to read her book, The Seance, last night, and I must say the experience caused me to take a second glance at the shadows in the corner of my room. Here is an excerpt:

“A sudden ache reminded me of the one piece of solid evidence that we weren’t imagining things. I glanced down at my own wrist, not surprised to see an emerging blue and purple stain.”

realswellblog.com
realswellblog.com

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

story engineeringWhen I hit a wall during NaNoWriMo, I started reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. It helped me break through that wall and reach my goal for NaNoWriMo (more about that later). I purchased it several months ago, but never got around to reading it. Big mistake. This book is now at the top of my list of craft writing books that all writers must read. It is that good. I’ll be posting a review in the future. Here is an excerpt:

“Human beings bring only a handful of facial features to the blueprint of how we look—two eyes, two eyebrows, a nose, a mouth, a pair of cheekbones, and two ears, all pasted onto a somewhat ovular-to-round face. That particular blueprint doesn’t often vary much, either. Interestingly enough, this is about the same number of essential storytelling parts and milestones that each and every story needs to showcase in order to be successful.

Now, consider this: With only these eleven variables to work with, ask yourself how often you see two people who look exactly alike.Where we humans are concerned, the miracle of originality resides in the Creator, who applies an engineering-driven process—eleven variables—to an artistic outcome.”

realswellblog.com
realswellblog.com

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower by Charles Yallowitz

Cover Art Credit: Jason Pedersen  http://www.jasonpedersen.com/
Cover Art Credit:
Jason Pedersen http://www.jasonpedersen.com/

After some pretty depressing reads lately (1984 and Brave New World, anyone?), I’m ready to be whisked off to the magical world of Windemere again. The teaser for today comes from the Prodigy of Rainbow Tower by Charles Yallowitz.

“Luke is about to say something to Nyx when a servant’s scream from the doorway cuts through the air. Everyone turns to see a panic-stricken butler backing into the mansion and staring with wide eyes at the edge of the porch. Luciana screams and scrambles out of her chair when she sees the rotting form of a zombie dragging itself over the railing.”

Oh, zombies. This should be good.

realswellblog.com
realswellblog.com

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Something Wicked This Way Comes

something wicked this way comesI woke up this morning in a fog… literally. It seems a portentous fog rolled in with the month of October, enveloping my neighborhood in its eerie haze.

Why does the fog give one such a sense of foreboding? It’s the same thing with the night. That which we can’t see fills us with fear of the unknown. The fog, like the night, seems to carry something with it, something sinister hidden within its gossamer layers.

I stood on the back porch, drinking my chai tea, and the words “something wicked this way comes” entered my mind.  After a moment, I thought, “That’s the next book I’ll read.”

I headed to the local bookstore to buy a copy. I found it, along with a few others (seriously, how often do you leave a bookstore with just one book?), and headed for the exit. As I opened the front door of the store, a black cat crossed my path. I’m not kidding. It walked right in front of me. I could have stepped on it if I hadn’t halted mid step.  Shouldn’t feral cats be timid? This one seemed pretty bold. It looked at me for a moment as if to say, “You getting the message?” and then bolted underneath a car.

the-birdsHumph, that’s odd. I shrugged and headed toward my car. As I pulled the car keys from my purse, two black crows swooped down near me. I glanced up, half expecting an attack like a scene from The Birds. Thankfully there were no other crows in the area to give credence to my imaginings. I looked down at the title of the book in my hand and smirked. No one is going to believe this. Evidence, I need photographic evidence.

The birds had flown away, but the cat was hiding underneath a nearby car. I backed out of the space and parked across the parking lot. I’d wait for it to emerge or maybe I’d honk to frighten it from its hiding place. Then I spied something in my peripheral vision: a shadow lurking among the cars farther down the road. I drove in that direction, and yes, there was the cat. It was looking at me from the underbelly of a truck. Its eyes were glowing emeralds. I snapped a picture. And then, I noticed the hitch cover of the truck it was hiding underneath. At first glance, I thought it said EVIL LIVES, and started to get a little spooked. Upon closer inspection, I noticed it said EVIL LYN. But seriously, I’m not making this stuff up. Here are the pictures I was able to get with my phone.

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Now, here is an excerpt from Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury:

“How do you hear it, how are you warned? The ear, does it hear? No. But the hairs on the back of your neck, and the peach-fuzz in your ears, they do, and the hair along your arms sings like grasshopper legs fractioned and trembling with strange music.”

This was the first page I turned to. Does anyone else have goosebumps?

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser Tuesday: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

NeverwhereThis week’s teaser comes from the book Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. The book was published in 1996 and I’m ashamed to admit I never read it until now. If you’ve followed this blog, you’ll know that for years I spent most of my time working and rarely allowed myself to read anything other than “business” books. I was such a masochist back then. As a result, I’ve had a lot of catching up to do and hadn’t gotten to this one yet.

“Until that moment, she had never thought she could do it. Never thought she would be brave enough, or scared enough, or desperate enough to dare. But she reached up one hand to his chest, and she opened….”

realswellblog.com
realswellblog.com

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!