24 May, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (38)

Teaser Tuesday is here again! This weekly meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

  • 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

  • This week my teaser is from Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov.


    (This isn't actually the cover to the library's copy that I'm reading. But it's more interesting.)

    Seldon said finally, "I fail to see why the two should be mutually exclusive."
       "So do I, Hari, but where's the value of psychohistory if it shows us only what we would see anyway? This is showing us something we wouldn't see. What it doesn't show us is, first, which alternative is better, and second, what to do to make the better come to pass and depress the possibility of the worse."

    -p. 114

    ***I will do my best to get around to blogs today, but the browser I usually use is acting up (it won't open and processes are still running even after I close it) and Internet Explorer is horrible.***

    Anyway. If you have a teaser, or thoughts on the book you're reading, feel free to leave them in the comments!

    -----The Golden Eagle
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    mooderino said...

    Great series of books, used to love them back when I was a kid. wonder if they still hold up after all these years.


    Sunny said...

    The Foundation series is one of my all time favorites! "Foundation" is actually the first Sci-Fi novel I ever read as a teenager. Hope you are enjoying it!!

    Summer Ross said...

    Wonderful teaser, I have not heard of this book thanks for posting!

    ali said...

    Sheesh! It's Teaser Tuesday and here I am AGAIN!! It's a conspiracy! Must. Visit. On. Other. Days. Of. The. Week!!

    And I ♥ Isaac Asimov in a big way. His was the first sci fi I ever read.

    Old Kitty said...

    Blogger has been quite sulky and erratic today!! I'm having to revisit all the earlier bloggers as blogger wouldn't let me leave comments!! :-)

    Ok, nuff about blogger!!

    I love this teaser! I don't think I've read this book though - but it sounds great - psychohistory - I'm hooked! Take care

    Sandy Nachlinger said...

    You can't go wrong with Isaac Asimov. I haven't read this one, however, so I'd better remedy that! Thanks for the teaser.
    Here's mine: Sandy's Teaser

    Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

    Great teaser! I just love Asimov!!

    Here's my Teaser from A Tapestry of Dreams! ~ Wendi

    Alleged Author said...

    Between you and Mood I'm going to go broke buying novels. Great teaser!

    Jemi Fraser said...

    I read tons of Asimov's stuff years ago - loved it. I'll have to pick up one of these again one day!

    I'm currently reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare ...

    "She crumpled in an alley, hearing the hissing scream of something behind her. She knew it was following her, and she was hoping to die before it reached her --"

    Clarissa Draper said...

    Wow, complicated book!

    Here's an excerpt from the book I'm reading:

    "I mean, more, completely distorted and distorting. As I read I thought, either this girl or I are mad. And I don't think I am, do you?"

    From Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.

    Anonymous said...

    Asimov's series is on my RBR list. Its a must. I started them as a kid but remember nothing. I'll do that this summer.

    Brian said...

    That's a great teaser, makes you wonder what's up! Good luck with the browser problems!

    N. R. Williams said...

    That's a great series. I've read them all.
    N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

    Janet Johnson said...

    That's some deep stuff in that teaser. I haven't read this book, but sounds interesting!

    Madeleine said...

    That one looks like quite a technical and serious read. Is it? :O)

    Kimberly Krey said...

    New here- but I'll definitely visit again! Teaser Tuesday - love it!

    ....Petty Witter said...

    Fascinating teaser, thanks for sharing. We have a copy of this on our shelves and its never appealed to me until now.

    Misha said...

    Hmm... that sounds intriguing. Here's a couple of lines from a book I'll be reading in the very near future (I am teasing myself).

    "Impossible!" said she.
    "It is nevertheless the truth, madame," replied the maid.

    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas p272

    Lydia K said...

    Great teaser!
    Ugh, I hate when my computer does that. I usually manually close everything using my activity monitor/task manager and use Firefox, which is a lot less buggy.

    Angela Ackerman said...

    I should grab these from the library one of these days for a reread. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

    Jennifer Hillier said...

    I'm actually in between books at the moment! But great teaser!

    mshatch said...

    love Asimov's Foundation series. love.

    Rusty Webb said...

    I read the Foundation books when I was in middle school - geez, that was like, almost 30 years ago. God, I'm getting old.

    Anyway, it really was my start into reading genre fiction. I'm thrilled to see you're reading it now.

    Emily Rose said...

    It kind of reminds me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.:D

    The Golden Eagle said...

    Mood: They do in my opinion!

    Sunny: I think I, Robot was the first SF novel I ever read. Same author!

    Thanks! I am. :)

    Summer: You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed the teaser.

    ali: I've got to get in the habit of visiting other people on days besides Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday--I know I miss stuff!

    Awesome. It seems like he introduced a lot of people here to SF. :D

    Old Kitty: I had trouble signing in earlier--but it doesn't look like people are losing posts again. :P

    The rest of the Foundation series is based on psychohistory and the main character in this book: Hari Seldon.

    Sandy: Nope! ;)


    Wendi B.: Thanks! Me, too. He's a great writer. :)

    Alleged: LOL. It's too easy to do, isn't it? :P


    Jemi: I love reading his books, too.

    Clockwork Angel is a good book--I enjoyed reading it! Great teaser.

    Clarissa: Asimov's books do get complicated; although I like technical stuff like that. :P

    I don't know. Is the main character mad?

    Excellent teaser!

    Stephen: Hope you enjoy them! :)

    Brian: Thank you! They're fixed now--it refused to open later that day, but when I set the security program to show all alerts I gave permission to the browser and voila. Fixed. :P

    Nancy: All of them?! Wow. I've still got several to go. :D (And I'm looking forward to them!)

    The Golden Eagle said...

    Janet: I love psychohistory--it's an interesting concept, that people could actually predict humanity's future with mathematical equations.

    Madeleine: It is. But it's not terribly technical; there are good explanations either by the character or the people around them.

    Kimberly: Hi, Kimberly! :) Welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. Thank you so much for coming by!

    Me, too. It's a great meme!

    Tracy: I really like Asimov's Foundation Series--the books are well-written and the way it goes through history is fascinating.

    Misha: There's a famous book! :) I've never read it--I hope you enjoy it! Great tease.

    Lydia: Thanks!

    That's what I tried originally, but the Task Manager wouldn't stop the processes, and I kept trying over and over again. Finally (this was random--I was trying to do something else) I set the security program's setting to "Show all alerts" and saw that the browser wanted access to something. I gave it access and it worked.

    Angela: I grab them from the library, too--but I'm reading them for the first time!

    Jennifer: Sometimes I am, too. But I just pick from the next book I'm about to read or the one I just finished. :P


    Mshatch: They're awesome!

    Rusty: I really like them. Asimov was one amazing writer--and not only because he wrote 400+ books!

    Emily: LOL. Same genre . . . very different style. Asimov's Foundation Series (and most of his other books) are technical and adhere to pretty rigid laws of science. No end-of-the-world stuff. :P

    laughingwolf said...

    i read the trilogy as a teen... pleased as all getout to have solved the puzzle long before i reached the end of the series :)

    The Golden Eagle said...

    Good for you!

    I didn't figure it out--I've read in several places that people guessed what happened, but I managed to miss it. :P Enjoyed the Trilogy, though!