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Teaser Tuesday

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! (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!

Here’s mine:

From Michael Chabon‘s Maps & Legends:

A third innovative stroke of Conan Doyle‘s was to find a new way to play the oldest trick in the book, to revise the original pretense of all adventurers, liars, and storytellers–that every word you are about to hear is true.

Holmes was not only aware of his status as a subject of Watson’s “chronicles,” he resented it, and mocked it, even as he profited by the fictional version of the very real success that the stories enjoyed . . . .

From We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

It’s 21:30. The blinds are lowered in the room to the left of mine. In the room on the right, I see my neighbor: bent over a book, his bald patch, knobbly with hummocks, and his forehead, a huge, yellow parabola.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in classic, contemporary, non-fiction, quotation


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Moby Dick, Part 1

Illustration from an early edition of Moby-Dick

Illustration from an early edition of Moby-Dick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May’s book club read is Moby Dick. When I saw Moby Dick on the roster, I sort of groaned. I haven’t read it before but it’s reputation proceeds it. I braced myself for boredom once I passed the first sentence: Call me Ismael.

Though I’m only 40 pages in, I want to break the stereotype. So far Moby Dick is witty and engaging. While I’m still suggesting we change our schedule to allow two months for this novel, I don’t dread reading it.

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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in American Lit, classic


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