10 July, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (85)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It's a weekly, bookish meme that is the lifeblood or the killer of TBR lists, depending on how you look at it, because it's usually hard not to find a new and interesting book to add.

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 The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury since it's the next book in my library TBR list, and I've already posted a teaser from Don Quixote, which I'm still reading.

Mister Iii was a tall, vaporous, thin man with thick blind blue crystals over his yellowish eyes. He bent over his desk and brooded upon some papers, glancing now and again with extreme penetration at his guests.
-p. 30

(Would you believe my browser thinks "Iii" is a word? *irritated muttering* . . . I give up trying to figure out what dictionary it's using. At least it has good taste in literature.)


What are you reading? Got a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Safe to say the book is better than the movie!

Cherie Reich said...

That's ironic about Iii being considered a word. I wonder who his guests are.

Here's my TT.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I haven't read this book. I look forward to hearing what you think about it.

Charles Gramlich said...

It's a pleasure just to see a fragment from Ray the man.

Pat Hatt said...

haha too funny about Lii, who knows what it's using. Never read the book or saw the movie, out of the loop.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

According to Dictionary.com:


being two more than fifty

So score one for the browser's dictionary! And now we've all learned something.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

It does seem weird dictionaries would count Roman Numerals as "words" though.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, thanks for posting a Ray Bradbury snippet. That man's stories always are so visual and visceral. Plus, he always cared so deeply about writing and reading.

My next read is Martha Brockenbrough's Devine Intervention. So here's a snippet from early pages.
"Sometimes I can still feel what it was like to throw a ball, a million complicated moves you couldn't think about without screwing it up."

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teaser! I haven't read this one and I really need to!

Christine Rains said...

Great teaser! Sometimes the dictionary is weird, but hey, I see someone looked it up. It is a word!

Jamie Gibbs said...

I like the teaser!

I'm reading "The Universal Mirror" by Gwen Perkins. I'd give a teaser but it's an ebook and it'd take ages to flick through to the right page, hehe

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Ray Bradbury is great! I need to read more of his stuff. :D

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! Lii is such a fun word! LOL! Oh one of my very first sci-fi novel I've ever read! Wonderful! Take care

Nancy Thompson said...

Maybe if it said Mr. instead of Mister??? Ach, who knows!

Carol Kilgore said...

Browsers are weird :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Hum, my browser thinks lii is a word too. Funny how stuff like that happens. I like the depth of the teaser :)

Anonymous said...

How bad is it that I've never read any Ray Bradbury? I definitely need to add him to my reading list. Great teaser! :)

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, good teaser! That is so interesting about lii, who knew?

Cacy said...

From Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

"I hurried upstairs and powered up my labtop. I checked the review I'd posted last night. No comments. People sucked. But I did gain five new followers. People rocked."

This quote doesn't really reflect anything about the book's storyline (aliens, teens, romance) but this is one of the many lines that had me laughing out loud as I read it. Plus, I figured bloggers would relate to it;~)

DeniseCovey _L_Aussie said...

From Sister Pact by Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter: p.209 'Jodi realised as she watched him, standing there, oiled and nearly naked, that Nick was exactly the sort of man she herself had always gone for.'

A bit of a trashy read, but that's what you do on vacation.I left all my classics at home, lol.


Paul Tobin said...

Great book, he could certainly write, I read most of his books in my teens and there are certain phrases and images that stay with me, the day it rained forever, the astronaut falling toward the planet, the illustrated man-oh I'm doing that male lets talk in lists thing again!
Here's mine:
There is some good elemental machinery in my skull, left over from the million years of hunting, of eating and being eaten. I am delighted to have that machinery.

John D. MacDonald: The Empty Copper Sea.

Anonymous said...

Love Ray Bradbury. Like others, I discovered him in JHS/HS, and just went through all his books. Hope you enjoy it.

Sangu Mandanna said...

Your browser is hilarious! Is it Google Chrome? Because I've often noticed Google is something of a sci fi geek.

Anonymous said...

I downloaded a free book called Stigma from Philip Hawley Jr. Its a medical thriller. Just started it and its pretty good so far.

"We have a four-year old boy, apparently breathing well a few hours ago, who suddenly decomensates."

"Leukemia could explain this."

Ciara said...

I haven't read this one. I look forward to your review.

Anonymous said...

I read this long ago. I love Bradbury.

I just checked and Google Chrome does accept Lii as a valid word.

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: I didn't know they'd actually made a movie until I started searching for images of the book cover. :P

Cherie: I have no idea . . . still haven't gotten to that point!

Michael: I'll have to review it, then.

Charles: I love his writing style.

Pat: I'm pretty much out of it, too. I didn't know there was even a movie.

PT Dilloway: Actually, it's three i's in a row--not LII--as far as I can tell from the printed version.

Tricia: You're welcome!

Fascinating teaser. I take it the character isn't human, or doesn't have a body anymore?

Lisa-Marie: Thank you!

Christine: Thanks. It's actually a different word in the teaser, though; I think it's three i's, not an l and and i.

Jamie: Glad you liked it!

I wonder what will happen to TT as e-readers are used by more people. There's no practical reason for them to have a "random page" button. :P

Bethany: Same here. :)

Old Kitty: That's awesome The Martian Chronicles was one of your first SF books!

Nancy: I sure don't. LOL.

Carol: Indeed.

J. A.: I'm glad you enjoyed the teaser. :)

Madeline: I hadn't read anything by him for a while, either!


Lydia: I sure didn't. :P Three i's is not something I'd immediately call a word!

Cacy: Intriguing teaser! And yeah, it's definitely something I can relate to as a blogger.

Denise: Nothing like a bit of light reading while on vacation! :)

Paul: He has a wonderful way with description; his scenes are vivid.

Interesting teaser! If the person's talking about the brain (and it sounds like the character is) then I'm quite glad to have the machinery as well.

Stuart: I get the feeling I will. :)

Sangu: LOL. Yeah, it's Google Chrome all right--though it's III, not l and two i's.

Stephen: Oh, dear. I feel bad for the four-year-old boy. Interesting teaser, though!

Ciara: Hadn't planned on reviewing it when I first picked it up, but I guess I'll have to now, with two requests. :)

Medeia: I do, too.

It's actually three i's, but it intrigues me that it accepts Lii, too!

Tanya Reimer said...

This book looks interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing this one.

Emily R. King said...

Nice description. I'm glad someone else looked up "lii" 'cause I didn't have a clue what it meant. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Great teaser. I've not read this book. It's one of the many I've been meaning to read.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Great teaser. It gives a real sense of the character.
My excerpt:
Two men, with official expressions, stand side-by-side on the doorstep. It is their crisp, smart uniforms and stiff features that send a starchy surge through my heart. The news must be bad.

Excerpt from Ultimate Sacrifice Madeleine Sara Maddocks

Krispy said...

Eee! I love Bradbury! Though can you believe I've never read this? It's the whole Sci-Fi being a hard sell for me thing. I have to be in the right mood.

But this is in my TBR as well, and I love his writing regardless. Looking forward to seeing what you think!

shevz said...

looks like a great book

nutschell said...

aww. i love Ray Bradbury. STill have yet to read this particular book though.

M Pax said...

I loved the Martian Chronicles. I read it many years ago, but it has always stuck with me.

The Golden Eagle said...

Tanya: You're welcome!

Emily: I don't usually know what character names mean--if I ever come across "Iii" again, at least I'll know that Chrome thinks it's a word. LOL.

Lynda: Thanks!

Same here. Though Bradbury's books are always on my TBR pile.

Madeleine: Thank you.

I love that you posted a teaser from your own book!

Krispy: I don't know why I haven't read it yet--I like SF (almost) all the time, and Bradbury is one of my favorite authors.

Shevz: Haven't started it yet, but am looking forward to it. :)

Nutschell: Me, too!

M: Can't wait to start it myself.

laughingwolf said...

a thought-provoking book, one of his better ones...

still reading marion zimmer bradley's 2-book novel, 'heritage and exile'... discovering how much more depth she has, as a person and as a writer....

Jay Noel said...

Ray...one of the great ones.

I'd give you a little snippet from what I'm reading, but I'm not home. I'm typing this from a hotel room. Away on business!

Brinda said...

I read this one a long time ago. I started Amy Plum's Die for Me this morning on audio.

The Golden Eagle said...

Laughingwolf: Cool. It's interesting to watch writer's grow along with their books.

Jay: Definitely.

Brinda: I've never heard of that book. Do you like it?

Candace said...

Hi, great blog and interesting teaser! I am a new follower from Teaser Tuesday. I would love a follow back!