16 October, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (94)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly, bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Can't believe it's Tuesday again--it feels like I was just posting for this a few days ago!

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 Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay, the first book in The Fionavar Tapestry series. This is the third book by him that I've tried; the other two being Under Heaven and Ysabel, both very good.

(I really like this illustration on this cover. I just wish there was more of it and less of the bright red title panel, which seems a little busy, IMO.)
Beyond the gates and the walls of the town, the depredations of drought came home. The impact of a rainless summer could be measured in the heavy dust of the road, in the thin grass peeling like brown paint on hills and tummocks, in stunted trees and dried-up village wells. In the fiftieth year of Aileill's reign, the High Kingdom was suffering as no living man could remember.
-p. 82


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

-----The Golden Eagle


David P. King said...

Nice one. You always pick the best passages to tease with. :)

mooderino said...

Nice. I'm currently reading Little Big Man set in the old west.

Moody Writing

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Ghadeer said...

Yes, very catchy illustration on the cover. (They say don't judge books by their covers, but a pretty one doesn't hurt).

Old Kitty said...

It's a stunning paragraph! I can totally see the devastation wrought by drought! Yay! Take care

M.J. Fifield said...

That's a great teaser. Looks like I have another author to add to my Must Read list.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

These days, publishers are reducing the amount of art on covers and replacing it with letters cause it's cheaper. At least in America.

You should look at the covers of books in foreign countries like Japan. George R.R. Martin's covers are frickin awesome.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah the bright red and all the words is very busy, nice passage too.

Emily R. King said...

Great indication of the mood. Talk of the drought and suffering really sets up the story. Nice!

Donna Hole said...

It is a cool cover :)


Charles Gramlich said...

Being at work, I don't have either of my current fictional reads with me. One is a Blade series book and the other a novelization of Doom3, the video game

Anonymous said...

That is a great cover -- I always like real artwork, know what I mean?

cleemckenzie said...

Stopping to find out what book you noticed! Great job at picking a good one out. I really loved the excerpt. The language was beautiful.

Jayne said...

Nice teaser! Let's see.... *opens page at random*

'As the rain fell in torrents, the cortege was eventually forced through the city by the crowds'.

The book is Underworld London by Catharine Arnold - a factual, quite grisly book of crime and punishment, oo-er.

The Golden Eagle said...

David: I'm glad you enjoy my teasers. :)

Mooderino: Thanks!

I've never read a Western. Do you like Little Big Man?

Ghadeer: Nope, definitely doesn't hurt. And I'll admit, I've picked up books for their covers.

Old Kitty: It's great descriptive writing. :)

M.J.: I've really enjoyed the couple books by Kay that I've read.

Michael: I looked up the Japanese covers for Martin's books as you suggested. You're right, they're stunning. I wish there were covers like that in the USA.

Pat: Glad you liked the teaser!

Emily: Guy Gavriel Kay is a great writer.

Donna: I agree. :)

Charles: I've read a couple books based off of video games. How's Doom3?

Milo: I do. It's clear some cover artists really put a lot of work into their pieces.

Cleemckenzie: Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. My blogfest choice is actually posted above this now. :) I hadn't meant for Teaser Tuesday to double for the 'fest as well.

Jayne: Sounds like they're dealing with exactly the opposite situation! Lots of people and lots of rain, as opposed to scarcity and drought in my teaser.

Thanks for sharing! :)

Shelley said...

Wow, so descriptive! Nice teaser! :)

laughingwolf said...

thx for plugging guy gavriel kay... he is so good, christopher tolkien, [yes, THAT tolkien's son], chose him to help finish the writing of 'the silmarillion'...


The Golden Eagle said...

Shelley: Thank you!

Laughingwolf: I'm always happy to post about a good author. :)

I love that his next novel will also take place in China--the setting for Under Heaven was amazing.

Paul Tobin said...

I like the cover, very arresting, The story sounds interesting.

The Golden Eagle said...

Paul: It catches your eye, that's for sure. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, that's a good teaser. I haven't read any of his books yet, but he's on my wishlist.

Anonymous said...

I love Guy Gavriel Kay. He's an amazing writer. Thanks for sharing this tidbit. :)