19 June, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (82)

Every week, MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesday. It's a bookish meme where people spread the word about what they're 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 & 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 The Project by Brian Falkner. I really like Falkner's books; they're unusual in their writing style, plot, and setting, especially for YA/MG Action/Adventure.

(In person, this cover is very reflective. It reminds me quite a bit of the cover for Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill, which was also black and red and shimmery with some white text. I can't really say I like it--I think this alternative cover is much more interesting.)

Libraries made Luke nervous. They were full of books, and that seemed like far too much reading all concentrated in one place to him. As if it would reach critical mass and start a chain reaction and explode in a huge blast of words and sentence fragments.
-p. 37

And in case you're wondering, yes, I did in part choose that teaser for its irony. ;)


What are you reading? Got a teaser from it?

And what's your favorite kind of cover? Do you prefer matte, shimmery, ones with people, elaborate artwork, illustration of a plot point, photographs, fancy fonts . . . ?

-----The Golden Eagle


klahanie said...

Greetings my friend,
I'm reading "Dead Witness" by my dear friend, Joylene Butler. Here is an excerpt from it, "Aidan Roth heard a car pull into Valerie’s driveway. He tossed the magazine onto the coffee table and stood up. He’d been waiting an hour for his sister, or for one of her family to return home. He stretched his neck and looked out the front window …. It wasn’t Valerie. A 1996 blue sedan stopped a short distance from the front door. Aidan didn’t recognize the vehicle, but the burly man crawling out from behind the wheel was his old boss; someone he hadn’t seen in six months.

He rushed toward the foyer and threw the front door open. “Inspector?”"

Happy writing to you,
Gary :)

Christine Rains said...

Great teaser! I love libraries myself. My teaser is from Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer this week.

Karen and Gerard said...

Funny teaser!

Here's ours and we have a giveaway too: http://www.ourstack.blogspot.com/2012/06/tuesday-teasers-afterwards-and-dogs.html

Pat Hatt said...

Nice teaser, the cover is interesting, not sure I like it or not though.

Old Kitty said...

I always knew libraries had such power!!! Yay!!!

I like this cover and the tagline of the other one!

Take care

Inger said...

I am not participating, but just wanted to throw my two cents in and let everyone know I do love libraries as well. I have never given any thought to what covers I like on my books or if it would make any difference to me. Of all my books, I thought of the cover to the Known World, by Edward P. Jones. It is very poignant.

Heather said...

You read such diverse books, I love it. This one sounds like it's probably not for me since they break the cardinal rule of don't tell, show. I'm currently between books, so sorry, no teaser from me this week.

Nick Wilford said...

Interesting teaser. I don't really give much thought to covers, as long as I don't feel embarrassed by them I'm fine... I do quite like this one, actually. Simple and striking.

Cally Jackson said...

Great teaser. You get a good sense of the character from that little excerpt.

J. A. Bennett said...

I often had the same thought about libraries ;) and you're right, the other cover is better!

Li said...

I'm intrigued by the cover as well! I just finished a light summer read - India Black by Carol Carr. Good first half, terribly dragged out, silly ending.

David P. King said...

I never felt that way in a library before. My next visit will have a different perspective, I think. :)

Brian said...

I like that teaser, it made me smile just thinking along with it!

Emily R. King said...

My sister loved that book!

I'm reading Fire by Kristen Cashore. It's just as good as Graceling!

Deniz Bevan said...

What an interesting excerpt! It's funny to see a viewpoint that's so different from mine :-)

Jemi Fraser said...

That's an awesome teaser! :) I'm reading New York to Dallas by JD Robb just now - it's great :)

Precy Larkins said...

Love the teaser! I haven't read any of Falkner's books, but now I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

I'm currently reading a book I won from Goodreads (also, I follow the author's blog):

WHITE LIES by Jeremy Bates

So far, so good. :)

This is an excerpt from the page I'm on:

"I hope you're not still thinking we're going to get caught. We're not. We're almost there and there hasn't been a single--"

Up ahead, Katrina made out a set of headlights. She felt as though she'd been punched in the gut with a steel gauntlet. "Someone's there," she said unnecessarily.


Matt said...

That's a good segment, That'd be quite the sight to see, or hear. Sounds like an interesting character.

Michael Pierce said...

Great teaser! I just started reading Ciara Knight's book The Curse of Gremdon. I love covers with full artwork.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm reading Maelstrom by Taylon Anderson, but it's a thick book and hard to hold open while I try to type in the sentences.

Shallee said...

Ooh, love that one! I'm curious about this author after your recommendation, I'll have to check him out!

Paul Tobin said...

The teaser made me laugh. I like the image, an explosion of words and I think there is a poem in there somewhere. I was told that the colours of book covers are aimed at certain audiences, I think red and black are considered to be male colours-not sure I believe it myself though. I think people are much too complex to simply put into two piles by gender.

Anonymous said...

I like the teaser, too. I'm reading A Princess of Mars after having recently seen the movie, and I'm enjoying it. I like covers with raised lettering -- makes me feel like I've gotten my money's worth.

Cherie Reich said...

Fantastic teaser and I do love the irony! I kinda like this simple cover in a way.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm almost done with Blue Angel and wondering where it's leading me. Interesting, introspective book with a glimpse into the writer heart and human weaknesses.

I loved your teaser.

Krispy said...

Ooh, I love your teaser! The writing there is just wonderful!

As for what kind of cover I like, I think it depends. Mostly, I like simple and clean covers - not too much going on. I also tend to like most illustrated covers or covers without people on them (esp. face covers - not a big fan). Shiny is fine, but I do like matte covers and the kind that feel kind of soft. Haha.

Brinda said...

Thanks for introducing a new author and title to me. I'm reading every John Green book I can get my hands on this week. Today's read is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I'm on vacation so I'm reading to my little heart's content. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Gary: Intriguing teaser! I've seen that book around the blogosphere. :)

Christine: Thanks!

I love them, too.

Karen and Gerard: Glad you enjoyed it. :)

Pat: It's not a bad cover, really--I just don't like it overall.

Old Kitty: LOL. They certainly do. :)

Inger: Feel free to offer your feedback on the teaser.

I'm a big fan of libraries as well.

Just looked up that cover--there is something classic about it.

Heather: Thanks. :)

It does do a lot of telling, though I think it works pretty well in this case.

Nick: Embarrassing covers can be hard to deal with. :P I know I've passed up books because of their covers . . .

Cally: Thank you!

Luke's an interesting boy.

J. A.: LOL.

I like the detail the other cover has.

Li: I'm sorry to hear the book ended badly. That's always disappointing.

David: Mine as well!

Brian: I'm glad you liked it. :)

Emily: I'm finding it to be a great read.

Fire is one of my favorite books!

Deniz: Agreed. I love libraries, so the idea of it being stressful is just . . . strange. :P

Jemi: Glad to hear you're enjoying your book!

Precy: They're really good, IMO.

I follow Jeremy as well!

LOL. I guess the character spoke too soon there.

Matt: Definitely would be. :)

He is.

Michael: Thanks!

I'm a big fan of Ciara's blog. What do you think of her book so far?

Charles: I've had that problem, too. "Flip to a random page" it says, which is easy enough, but then they won't stay. And I hate to do anything that would break the spine . . .

Shallee: Hope you like his books, if you read anything by him.

Paul: I agree, it could be an interesting poem!

Absolutely. Sometimes it bothers me that book publishers will "target" male/female audiences--just let readers pick up the book they want.

Milo: I have that book on hold from the library. Glad you're enjoying it. :)

That's as good a reason as any to like a cover!

Cherie: Thank you!

At least it isn't too busy. Some covers seem to try to cram everything into too small a space.

Cleemckenzie: It sounds like a really good book!

Thanks. Glad you liked it. :)

Krispy: I like Falkner's style as well.

Some faces just don't fit the characters, which can be disappointing. It makes the reading experience disjointed to read the description of someone and then see a different person on the cover . . .

Brinda: You're very welcome!

I really like John Green's writing. Have you ever seen his vlogbrothers videos?

Samantha Sotto said...

You always leave me in AWE at the diversity of the books you read! You inspire me to open my mind to stories outside of my usual genres :D

Tony Benson said...

I love the teaser. Writing is most enjoyable when it sparks the imagination.

I'm not a fan of book covers that are too distracting, but I love the one you've shown.

Anonymous said...

Great teaser and I like the irony. I like both covers, but I like the simpler one better.

Rusty Webb said...

Matte covers are so much my favorite. I'm always disappointed when I see anything else.

As for what else I like, well, any of them that are done well I'll probably like. That said, I've seen some beautiful paintings that are ruined by horrible layout on a cover.

Precy Larkins said...

I'm back again just to let you know I gave you a blog award. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

It depends on if I know the cover artist and what they are capable of doing. Some people cannot draw faces...so given that, I would want a cover that shows no faces in it. I usually like something simple, but it has to look good to my eye. And I like it when the book shows something of the story contained therein.

The Golden Eagle said...

Samantha: I tend to get bored if I read just one or two genres for too long. I'm glad Teaser Tuesday is inspiring you. :)

Tony: Me, neither. I'm fine with really good covers, but some just call too much attention to themselves.

Medeia: Thanks!

Rusty: True. There are a lot of covers with great art but poor execution.

Precy: I'll be heading over to pick it up soon. :)

Michael: I do, too. Unrelated covers make no sense to me--a cover should represent the content.

Rachel Morgan said...

Oh I love that teaser! I can't say I feel the same, but I love it nonetheless. I had a look at the other cover and also greatly prefer that one.