21 February, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (73)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly, bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • 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!

This week, my teaser is from Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. I haven't read anything by Maguire in a while; I read Wicked and Son of a Witch almost three years ago. It's mostly because I thought some elements of both books were a little strange, and it isn't the type of Fantasy I usually read. But I always love books that turn the antagonist into the protagonist, so I decided to pick up this one.

(I don't really like the cover for the book. I think the art is detailed and interesting, but nothing really pops and says "Read Me!". I prefer this alternative cover, even if it is more generic.)

"He's taken and flattened all that is attractive in you," says Caspar. "It's like a lie that has enough resemblance to truth to convince for a brief moment."
-p. 51

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What are you reading right now? Have a teaser to share?


-----The Golden Eagle

41 comments:

Medeia Sharif said...

I also like the other cover better. Great teaser. I'm sort of familiar with Maguire. I read half of Wicked and would like to give it another try to finish it.

shelly said...

I haven't read any of those books. Good teaser, though.

Old Kitty said...

You know I never really took to Wicked and Son of a Witch. I don't know - they were oddly un-involving - despite the very sympathetic characters of Elphaba and Liir.

I didn't know G Maguire had another book out - thanks for the teaser and info! Yes, I think the cover here needs a little oomph! The other one (for me, just my opinion so please don't beat me! LOL!) looks like a generic Jane Austen book cover. Ahem! Running away now!

Take care
x

Cherie Reich said...

Great teaser! I really enjoyed his WICKED and SON OF A WITCH, and I've been wanting to read this one too.

My teaser's here.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I should get around to reading these fairy tale reboots. They are what has spawned a nationwide surge in the happily ever after twist, right?

The Dandy Lioness said...

I tried to read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister last year, but I just couldn't get into it. I guess that writing style just isn't for me, because I tried on multiple occasions, and just couldn't quite it.

-Sofie

Rusty Webb said...

Not sure I'd really appreciate that one. I'm reading a military fantasy story right now. I'm not sure if I like it or not.

Sunny said...

I kind of liked this novel when I read it a few years back. Not as good as Wicked, but an interesting spin to the story.

I finally broke down and read The Hunger Games this weekend, so my Teaser is from that:
http://sunnyreads.blogspot.com/2012/02/teaser-tuesday-hunger-games.html

Danielle said...

I loved this book when I read it - I hope your enjoying it as well! Great teaser :)

Here's my teaser: http://danielleheartsbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/teaser-tuesday-12.html

Nezzy said...

I do so love the artwork on the book but like you say...it doesn't scream 'read me'!!!

I'm currently readin' "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn

God bless ya and have yourself a wonderful day!!! :o)

Jemi Fraser said...

That's a great teaser line!

With my sick computer I've been reading quite a bit lately! My latest fave was Shelli Johannes' On the Bright Side - but I don't have it handy for a teaser

Jess said...

I just bought this one a couple weeks ago. Good to know it has an interesting teaser!

Here's mine:

http://www.wickedlybookish.blogspot.com/

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Sounds like a great book!

I'm re reading GOOD NIGHT MISTER TOM, it's a hf mg. (Mood reading for my current wip.)

cherie said...

I agree with you--the other cover is better. :) I'm not familiar with his works (and I read the other comments about Wicked, which coincidentally, another friend has recommended to me. Except they haven't got the book at my tiny/local library, so I may have to search for this elsewhere.)

I just finished reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler (another recommendation from another friend). But I don't have a teaser to share--I've already returned the book. It was an interesting read though, if you're into uncliched vampires. (No Twilight here; think more Anne Rice, only without the romanticism.)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Nice teaser! I'm currently reading Shatter Me.

Rob-bear said...

I'm currently reading a couple of books on Celtic Calligraphy — books that teach the reader how to do that.

Somehow, I don't think there are two sentences which would be appropriate for this tease.

Talli Roland said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I'm with you on the cover - the other one is better.

Traci Kenworth said...

Do you think she could be my mother?

"Kim--before I went unconscious, one of the people who rescued me said something about the pride leader not risking losing 'one of his lives.'"

p. 366 The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Stolen by Liz Braswell.

Misha Gericke said...

The name sounds familiar. Wasn't the book made into a movie at one stage?

:-)

Eve.E said...

I'v never read any of these books. Maybe I should give them a shot. :)

Jay Noel said...

Okay, those two book covers send completely different messages. The artistic one yells "fairy tale," but the other cover looks more dramatic.

I read A TON of "alternative" fairy tales for awhile, as I enjoyed the different folklore. I think Cinderella has been redone and re-imagined more than any other story.

....Petty Witter said...

Interesting to read your thoughts on this one. I read Wicked last year and was highly disappointed.

Josh Hoyt said...

Great teaser

Charles Gramlich said...

I like that cover quite a lot!

RaShelle Workman said...

Love the teaser. I'll have to check that book out.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Golden
Another author I need to read. Ii am so far behind. I love the title and your blurb but I agree with your comment on the cover. Brighter colors might have helped.
Nancy

M Pax said...

I've been past my eyeballs in edits, so haven't read anything but my own stuff...something I will soon remedy.

Morgan said...

This fairy tale stuff is so hot right now! It's crazy how things trend... And thanks for sharing about this book... haven't really heard much about it ;)

Emily R. King said...

Oh my gosh I love this book! How do you like it so far?

Pat Hatt said...

Very nice artwork on it, the other is also okay, but neither screams read me really. Nice teaser.

Anthony said...

Great teaser...I've never read anything by Maguire; I will have to look him up on Amazon.

DWei said...

I'm just reading blogs at the moment. Wish I had a new book to read.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

Theresa Milstein said...

I agree--good cover.

Yesterday I read Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Today I'm going to read the sequel called Peace, Locomotion.

Page 57

"Sometimes, when I see her with her friends and she's smiling, my whole body feels like it's lifting right up into the sky to hang out with the pigeons. Isn't that crazy?"

The Golden Eagle said...

Medeia: Thanks!

It's a hard book to read, isn't it? Took me a while to finish it; and I was powering through books at that point.

Shelly: I'm glad you liked it!

Old Kitty: They are sympathetic characters; I thought Elphaba was quite fascinating as well, though she never completely agreed with me.

You're welcome!

Feel free to say what you think. The comments are open here. :)

Cherie: Thanks!

Michael: I suppose so. There certainly seem to be a lot of fairy tale retellings, at any rate. :P

Rusty: Military Fantasy? I've heard of Military SF, but that subgenre is new to me.

Hope it turns out that you like it!

Sunny: I don't remember Wicked very clearly, so I can't really compare the two; it's mostly the parts that bothered me which I remember. Maybe I should go back and re-read it sometime . . .

Danielle: Thank you! I am enjoying it so far.

Nezzy: It's nice artwork. Just not as eye-popping as some covers--which can be a good thing, really.

Thank you so much. :) I hope you're having a great Thursday!

Jemi: Thank you!

It always helps the reading when there are fewer distractions around, doesn't it? LOL.

Jess: I hope you enjoy it. :)

Sharon: It's interesting.

HF--Historical Fantasy, right? For a moment there I couldn't think of what the acronym stood for. :P

Cherie: Agh, that sounds like my local library. It's a perfectly nice place but they don't have the biggest selection--thankfully there's a inter-library loan system which allows for thousands of books to be transferred through several counties.

I've never read anything by Anne Rice. I want to sometime, just to find out what her vampires are like. :P

Nicole: Thank you. :)

There's been a lot of hype around that book! Do you think it lives up to it?

The Golden Eagle said...

Rob-bear: I love calligraphy. I've tried it, and while my letters never look terribly like the pictures, it's fun. :)

Talli: It is, so far.

Traci: The statement does have a mother-ish quality to it, doesn't it? :P

Interesting teaser! This prince fellow must be more than he seems.

Misha: Yes, it was!

Eve.E: They're quite interesting. Be warned, though, Gregory Maguire's writing can take a while to get through.

Jay: That's true. I still lean toward the one I didn't post, though--it just appeals to me more.

It certainly has been!

Petty Witter: I think I remember you posting about it . . . ?

Sorry to hear you were disappointed!

Josh: Thanks! :)

Charles: The artwork is certainly interesting.

RaShelle: I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Nancy: There are a lot of books out there--sometimes the sheer number of them is overwhelming, especially for writers who are trying to get a sense of the current market, I think.

I think you nailed it there. The colors are a bit dark.

M: I hope you find the perfect book to rescue you from your edits. ;)

Morgan: You're very welcome!

Emily: It's an interesting read--I find myself sneaking in a page or two in places when I can. :)

Pat: I suppose the genericism in the other could off-putting.

Glad you liked it!

Anthony: Thank you!

I hope you enjoy his writing, if you read one of his books. :)

DWei: How about sharing a teaser from someone's post?

Come At Me Bro: Thank you!

And welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. Nice to meet you. :)

Theresa: Aw, that sounds like a sad teaser. Watching this girl, yet at the same time distant from her.

Southpaw said...

The cover here reminds me of a children's storybook.

The Golden Eagle said...

Southpaw: Same for me. Though it's a bit darker than most children's storybooks . . .

Jack said...

Nice teaser! I may have a gander at it when chance permits :)

The Golden Eagle said...

The Dandy Lioness: Sorry I'm so late replying to your comment! For some reason it sent it into Spam, and I only just checked it. :/

I felt the same way about Wicked. After a while I got used to it, but it did take a while to really notice the story and not just the writing.

The Golden Eagle said...

Jack: Thanks! :)

If you do read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, I hope you enjoy it.