11 September, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (90)

But first, I'd like to take a moment to honor those who died on 9/11/01, 11 years ago.

9/11 memorial, public domain image, by Luigi Novi.


Never forget.


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And now, for the more trivial part of today's post. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and is a weekly, bookish meme.

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, I'm actually still reading The Honourable Schoolboy (because my reading pace has tanked in the past few months . . . must work on that) but I'm posting a teaser from the next book on my TBR pile, Ports of Call by Jack Vance, since repeats are boring and THS has a particularly uninteresting cover; also, I've semi-started Ports of Call.

I don't usually hunt down people who've held particular positions (in his case, being a Grand Master of Science Fiction) but after watching this video, I thought, I have got to read a book by Jack Vance. The library system had Ports of Call.

(This cover reminds me very strongly of Star Trek: The Original Series, due to its overall quirkiness and the women. Dear Science Fiction, I love you, but must all your older stories have strange covers?)

Myron, using the full scope of his dignity, stated that, naturally, he would do his best to gratify her demands. However, said Myron, she should realize that they had now entered a relatively remote section of the Reach, and that the worlds of high sophistication and urbanized culture were for the most part far astern.
-p. 67

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What are you reading? Got a teaser? What's the weirdest book cover you've ever seen? (And was it Science Fiction?)


-----The Golden Eagle

45 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amazing memorial.
Can't recall the weirdest cover I've seen. Was probably a fantasy book though.

Aditi Gupta said...

It is nice to see you remembering 9/11.

Interesting teaser!
Here's mine - Teaser Tuesday

Pat Hatt said...

Nice rememberance and hmmm on the weirdest cover, sure there have been a few.

Michael Di Gesu said...

A fitting tribute. Thanks Golden.

I've seen SO many bizarre covers ... who could pick?

Interesting teaser.

mooderino said...

Jack Vance is great. I don't think the link to the video is working though, would love to see what made you track him down.

mood
Moody Writing

Janet Johnson said...

I SO agree about sci-fi book covers!

And thanks for the 9-11 tribute. It still shocks me when I remember that day.

Brinda said...

I feel certain that strange covers are mandatory!

Heather said...

What a great memorial, I'd love to see it someday.

You've got to love old sci-fi, it has such a literary way about it. I'm currently between books.

L.G.Smith said...

Weird cover and, hmmm, interesting excerpt in a free-floating context. O-o.

Lydia Kang said...

Beautiful but sad memorial.

Old Kitty said...

Awww Myron!! What a guy!!! Yay!!!
:-)
Take care
x

Jai Joshi said...

That cover is really Star Trekky! I forgive those sci-fi covers though. No one's perfect, after all, haha.

And that was a beautiful remembrance, Golden Eagle. Thanks.

Jai

klahanie said...

And on this poignant and painful day, the world shares in the memory of those fallen in the atrocity.
The weirdest cover I've seen would have to be thought about for a bit longer....sorry.

Cherie Reich said...

That cover does remind me of the original Star Trek. :)

Nice teaser.

Here's my TT.

Lynda R Young said...

I think the weirdest covers are the old 50s and 60s scifi covers. Weird AND amusing!

Kari Marie White said...

I would love to visit the memorial someday. It looks so beautiful. I'm sure I'll end up weeping while I'm there.

I think the crazies cover I ever saw was probably for a fantasy book, but darn it if I can't remember the name. *old age*

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I'm reading Jules Verne's "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Here's a teaser:

"It would be utterly impossible to depict the impotent rage of Professor Hardwigg. The day passed away, and not the faintest outline of a shadow could be seen at the bottom of the crater."

Jamie Gibbs said...

You've caught me at a weird moment - Ive just finished one book and not moved on to another, so I'm between reads! This is a weird feeling.

DWei said...

Never forget.

Talli Roland said...

Holy commas! :) Interesting teaser.

michelle said...

What a beautiful memorial! I can imagine seeing it up close...

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, on the remembrance. AS for Vance, I've read quite a lot of his work and enjoyed it, but haven't read this.

....Petty Witter said...

Such a wonderful tribute.

Great teaser, that is a weird cover.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That's a gorgeous picture that you've posted there of the 9/11 memorial. I had no idea it was so beautiful.

nutschell said...

Would love to see that memorial one day. It's beautiful.

Yeah, I agree about the weird covers! You should see C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy.

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Bess Weatherby said...

Nice teaser, and a fitting tribute.

Weirdest cover? Definitely "Son of the Shadows." It was just . . . a really unattractive picture of a mannish girl that did NOT do the book or the main character justice. I took off the cover cause it was embarrassing!

Madeleine Sara said...

Fitting tribute. It's also the day of my Dad's birthday.

Interesting teaser, too.

laughingwolf said...

never forget, indeed! :'(

as for the cover, that's how the future was seen... in the 40s and 50s! ;)

M Pax said...

The memorial is beautiful.

Interesting book. I haven't read that one.

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: It is.

Fantasy has some wacky covers, too!

Aditi: Though it deserved mention, 11 years on.

Thanks!

Pat: Thank you. And I know I've come across some weird covers.

Michael: You're very welcome.

Glad you liked the teaser.

Mooderino: I changed the link, so you should be able to see what made me want to read his books now. :)

Janet: You're welcome!

Brinda: LOL. Cover designers/publishers certainly seem to agree!

Heather: Me, too.

There's some amazing early Science Fiction.

L.G.: Teaser Tuesday can by funny that way--I've come across teasers from books I've read and they're always so different away from the rest of the story. :P

Lydia: Yes, definitely.

Old Kitty: I take it you liked Ports of Call? :)

Jai: Nope, they aren't. LOL.

You're welcome.

Klahanie: I certainly remember the day of 9/11 . . .

Thanks for coming by. :)

Cherie: Thank you!

Lynda: It's funny to look back at old covers and think that people actually read the books. Though who knows, maybe people will look back at today's covers and think they're strange.

Kari: I'd probably cry, too, at such a memorial.

I don't think I could come up with a weirdest-ever cover easily, either. I was just curious if anyone else could think of one. :P

Duncan: I love Jules Verne--and that's a great book of his. Great teaser!

Jamie: I know what you mean. I've posted from the next book in TBR library stack for that reason.

DWei: Indeed.

Talli: LOL. That's one thing that struck me about the sentence, too!

Michelle: Well, if you're ever in New York City . . . :)

Charles: He's written many other novels, hasn't he?

Petty Witter: It's a beautiful memorial. I watched a documentary (PBS NOVA, I think) about how they built it; truly impressive.

Thank you!

Michael: I'm glad you like the picture. I hope to see the memorial in person in the future.

Nutschell: Same here. :)

Just checked the Space Trilogy on Google Images . . . wow. Those are definitely weird covers!

Bess: Thank you!

I looked up that cover; it is a strange one.

Madeleine: Oh, Happy Birthday to your dad! :)

Laughingwolf: Thank goodness the actual future doesn't look like that . . . though it's too bad we're not in space. Sigh.

M: I agree!

I'm looking forward to really digging into it. :)

Christine Rains said...

A wonderful tribute, and a great teaser. Sometimes the old covers are funny.

Monti said...

"Never forget."

We cannot!!! Please always remember that day!!!

Monti

Shelley said...

Interesting teaser, and even more interesting cover! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Great teaser and I love that retro cover.

The tribute in the beginning is touching and beautiful.

Cally Jackson said...

Beautiful memorial. I wish I had something cool to share for weirdest cover, but, alas, nothing springs to mind! I'll be on the lookout now though! :-)

Romance Book Haven said...

Amazing memorial and tribute.

Nice teaser!

Nas

Clarissa Draper said...

That is such a weird book cover and it does look like Star Trek.

J. A. Bennett said...

I totally thought of Star Trek too. I'd actually like to read more old sci-fi maybe I'll pick this one up :)

Shallee said...

Yay for good old sci fi! And giggle for good old sci fi covers. :)

Jay Noel said...

The names on the Memorial are not placed where they are by accident. Through a powerful algorithm, and input from family and friends, all the names are listed in conjunction to friendship/relationship with the names surrounding it.

The Golden Eagle said...

Christine: Thank you! :)

Monti: I don't think I'll ever forget 9/11. Later generations, however . . .

Shelley: Glad you liked them!

Medeia: Thanks. :)

It's an impressive memorial.

Cally: Hope you'll come back and comment if you find a truly weird one. ;)

Nas: It is!

Thank you.

Clarissa: Star Trek: TOS gets weird by the end, that's for sure.

J. A.: Jack Vance is supposedly a very good writer.

Shallee: LOL. Indeed.

Jay: I did not know that. I imagine the memorial must have so much more meaning to the family and friends of those who died because of it.

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Paul Tobin said...

I used to read a lot of Jack Vance especially like The Dragon Masters. Good to see him on the post-must look out for this one.

Rachel Morgan said...

It's weird to think that it's been 11 whole years ... It doesn't really feel that long ago to me.

The Golden Eagle said...

Paul: I'll have to check out some of his other books when I'm done with Ports of Call.

Rachel: In some ways it feels like it was just recently, and in others a very long time ago--to me, anyway.