06 March, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (74)

Before I get to Teaser Tuesday, though, my apologies for slacking off on blogging this past week or so, in posting, replying to comments, commenting on other blogs, and (most severely) keeping up with your posts in my feed aggregator.

I'll try to catch up later this week--and also post my Campaigner Challenge for the Fourth Platform-Building Campaign.


Teaser Tuesday is 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 Flatterland by Ian Stewart. It's fiction, but heavily uses math and incorporates some . . . interesting/amusing ideas, like Space Hoppers and Virtual Unreality Engines. It is also the sequel (albeit by a different author) of Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott. And yes, that is his name.

"What's happening is that when a peak of one set of semicircles meets a peak of the other set of semicircles, the two peaks add up to make an even higher peak; and when a trough of one set of semicircles meets a trough of the other set of semicircles, the two troughs add up to make an even lower trough. And if a peak meets a trough, they cancel out and the result is in between."

-p. 171


What are you reading right now? Got a teaser to share from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


M Pax said...

You are a fast reader, Eagle. Looks like a good book you're reading.

Cherie Reich said...

O...k. LOL! Interesting teaser, and that's okay to slack off now and again. :)

Here's my TT.

Jeremy said...

I will have to read this. I really enjoyed Flatland!

Li said...

I read Flatland years ago! No idea there was a follow up - yet another book to add to my list :-)

klahanie said...

Hey Golden Eagle,
Yes, you can relax, your wait is finally over, for it's me, shy and humble me, visiting from my not worth reading, blog.
I admire your confidence to apologise for not blogging. I would be the reverse. I would apologise for blogging. It can be very difficult trying to keep up with it all and I do understand that. I mean, look how long it has been since I delighted you with one of my much loved, highly sought after comments :)
In so far as what I'm reading right now, well pedantically, I'm reading your article. Actually, I haven't read in a book in ages. Too busy being proactive and skimming through, sorry, reading through blogs to find the time to read a book.
You take care and happy writing.
Your friend in the great blogging community, Gary

muzette said...

Thanks for the teaser, mine is at http://www.upallnightreading.wordpress.com

shelly said...

It's okay to slack sometimes. It gets stressful.

Medeia Sharif said...

This looks interesting. I added it to my wish list. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Is that a 20-sided die on the cover?

Beth said...

I picked up Chimed from the library today, but really haven't started.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Never heard of flatland, but the concept it pretty interesting so I'll check it out :)

I'm reading from a Kindle so opening a random page will be difficult. Damn technology!

Belle said...

Don't worry about keeping up. It is very hard to do!

I'm reading, "Life As I Blow It," by Sarah Colonna. "Eventually I broke up with Tony...I had big dreams and I couldn't let a man stand in my way. I also knew Tony was not going to college, since you couldn't major in pot."

Laura Barnes said...

It sounds like your busy. I hope you don't mind that I tagged you on my blog. :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh the title has put me off! I see "Fatherland" - oh dear! I don't know if this is clever or not! LOL!

Take care

Traci Kenworth said...

Wonder was what I felt at first. When the real meaning of the revelation burst on me, I was frozen in place by fear.

This is from Fires of Winter by Roberta Gellis.

Stuart Nager said...

I didn't know there was a "sequel" to Flatland. Been a long time since I read that. Thanks GE...ordering from the library.

Charles Gramlich said...

I outslacked you! ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Sometimes slacking is good :)

Carol Riggs said...

Ha, wow, that's fiction? Interesting excerpt/teaser. Sounds like something my hubby would like as a "fiction" read (blurring the lines between math and literature). :) Enjoy! I haven't read FLATLAND...and actually, I'm not reading anything at the moment. My next book will probably be DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, however. :D

Gina Gao said...

This is an interesting post. I really enjoyed Flatland, and I really like reading your blog. Nice background by the way.


DWei said...

I'm considering pre-ordering a book later on this week, does that count?

Heather said...

You read the most interesting, diverse books, I love it! I'm reading Hereafter by Sara Hudson. Excerpt:

Inexplicably, my breath quickened. A pulse, one I knew I didn't have, began to race through my arms and along my neck.

Shallee said...

What a fascinating book! At least, it sounds like it. Thanks for sharing!

Krispy said...

I love the concept, but I don't know if I could handle so much math-speak! Hehe. Thanks for sharing!

Joshua said...

"Flatterland" uses math, you say? Have you read "Contact" by Carl Sagan? If so, how does it compare? I'm actually intrigued.

The Golden Eagle said...

M: It's quite interesting.

Cherie: Thanks!

I feel bad about it, though. I hate not keeping up with the rest of the blogosphere. :/

Jeremy: Once I realized it was entirely satirical, I liked it as well. :)

Li: Teaser Tuesday always adds to the TBR pile.

Klahanie: It's great to see you, Gary!

I know what you mean. After being absent, sometimes I feel like I'm not worth enough for the blogosphere.

They certainly are much sought after. :)

You too!

Muzette: You're welcome!

Shelly: Yeah . . . but I feel guilty when I don't read blogs or comment on most in my aggregator.

Medeia: It's a fascinating book.

Michael: No, I think it's one of those origami blow-up boxes or water balloon things. Though I suppose it could be!

Beth: I love getting new books from the library. :)

Jamie: I recommend reading it!

Another commenter said they couldn't flip to a random page since they read on a Kindle. It's too bad you can't.

Belle: Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to try to major in pot, don't they?

Interesting teaser!

Laura: Another . . . tag? LOL. Thanks for tagging me! I'll be right over to pick it up. :)

Old Kitty: Not sure if the author did that intentionally, but with all the satire in both novels he might have. :P

Traci: Doesn't sound good for the character!

Great teaser. And I love the title of the book!

The Golden Eagle said...

Stuart: You're very welcome!

Charles: Maybe, but you announced your blog break. Me? I just tried to skim by on the least I could do for a little while there. :P

Carol: Still don't like the feel of it, though. When it comes to me, I need to stay active.

Carol: LOL. Yup, it's fiction!


I hope you enjoy the book. It's unique (and I mean that in a good way). :)

Gina: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed visiting my blog.

Flatland was an interesting read.

DWei: Sure, why not? :)

Heather: Thanks! I try to keep it mixed.

The character suddenly has a pulse she doesn't think she should have? Very intriguing teaser!

Shallee: You're welcome!

Krispy: It does have a lot of math . . .

You're welcome. :)

Joshua: No, I've never read Contact, though I did read Billions and Billions by Carl Sagan and I read a book of interviews of him.