27 November, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (99)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. I'm finding it hard to believe I've done this thing almost 100 times, though of course some established bloggers have been doing it for far longer than that.

  • 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 House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. I was ecstatic when I found out Arthur Conan Doyle's estate had allowed a Sherlock Holmes novel by someone other than Doyle to be written, because I'm a big fan of the original stories. I'm 70 pages in right now and Horowitz seems to be living up to Doyle's style, and the voice of John H. Watson, very well.

(I would call this a bland cover, but since Sherlock Holmes is such a famous character, I like the simplicity of just the title and fabric background. You certainly wouldn't want something distracting.)

Holmes slept in late the next morning and I was sitting on my own, reading The Martyrdom of Man, by Winwood Reade, a book that he had recommended to me on more than one occasion but which, I confess, I had found heavy going. I could see, however, why the author had appealed to my friend with his hatred of 'idleness and stupidity', his reverence for 'the divine intellect', his suggestion that 'It is the nature of man to reason from himself outwards.'

-p. 51


Are there any other Sherlock Holmes fans out there? 

What are you reading now? Have you got a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


running4him said...

An outside author?? Wow, have to check it out!!)

JeffO said...

I just started Jennifer Egan's 'The Invisible Circus', but don't have it at hand for a quote. I wasn't crazy about 'A Visit From the Goon Squad', but thought I'd give her another chance.

Ash-Matic said...

'Her mouth was filthy. Arya hoped she hadn't been eating mud again.'

-George R.R. Martin; A Clash of Kings.

I bet she had been eating mud again. Frickin' mud eaters.

Brinda said...

I'm sort of freaking out that you've done this 100 times. Way to persist!! I love Sherlock Holmes.

Camille Picott said...

Wow, someone else gets to write Sherlock Holmes books?? That's got to be a good gig, though that sure is a big pair of shoes to fill!

Romance Book Haven said...

Have to check this out now that I've seen your persistence!

I have highlighted a new publisher and you're welcome to come and ask questions regarding submissions.



mooderino said...

I'd be interested to know how you feel about it when you finish the book. Always a bit dodgy trying to recreate someone else's character.

Moody Writing

Elise Fallson said...

This is very cool and if the story is properly woven, I'd be very interested in getting a copy. Plot is just as important to me as character, even though sometimes I feel I shouldn't say that out loud.

Angela Brown said...

Very intersting that this book was given the green light. Must speak to the quality antisipated from the author. Thanks for sharing this teaser and piquing my curiosity.

Anthony said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

Old Kitty said...

*Waving hand and jumping up and down*
Me!!! Me!! Me!! LOL!!!

Take care

Pat Hatt said...

Love Holmes stories and yeah the cover is rather bland, but he can get away with it.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I do love Sherlock Holmes - maybe I should read this book! Sounds like a great one. :)

Adam said...

I love holmes

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

That's a great title.

I'm currently reading a book that may be more filled with arresting imagery than any I've ever read: "The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan.

Here's a sample: "The sea was gray with white dabs of temper all over it; the sky hung full of ragged strips of cloud."

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

Thanks for sharing this teaser. I see you've also exceeded expectations on your NaNoWriMo, so a congratulations is in order!

Duncan In Kuantan

cleemckenzie said...

Yep! I'm here. I've read Sherlock Holmes stories over and over. I know the twists and ending, but I can't help myself. The beauty of the language--the elegance of the period--that insanely brilliant Holmes. What's not to crave?

So glad to find an excerpt here.

Jamie Gibbs said...

I'm a TV/movie Sherlock fan but I've not read any of the books. I've got them on my Kindle waiting, it's just getting the time to read them.


Charles Gramlich said...

From "The Greatest Show on Earth" by Richard Dawkins: "Once again human breeders have only been building on the earlier selective breeding efforts of female birds.Over generations, wild female canaries inadvertently bred males for their singing prowess by choosing to mate with males whose songs were especially appealing."

Jack said...

When the Doyle estate approves a new Sherlock Holmes book I trust them. They did one series of Sherlock when he was a boy. I might have to look for this one though, it sounds, from the snippet, very much in the style of the original.

At the moment, I am reading a great many books. Five at once, or maybe I am down to four...(One of my bad habits. Starting a new book without finishing the old)

The Golden Eagle said...

Running4him: I thought the same when I first found out about it!

JeffO: I've never read anything by Jennifer Egan. I hope The Invisible Circus proves better than her other book!

Ash-Matic: LOL. Great teaser.

I've only read A Game of Thrones--I took out A Clash of Kings from the library but decided I wasn't really motivated to read through it. :P

Brinda: Thank you!

Me, too.

Camille: I'd panic if I was chosen to write another Sherlock Holmes story. There are so many expectations to live up to.

Nas: It's a fun meme. :)

I'll have to check out your post!

Mooderino: Yup. And Sherlock Holmes and Watson have developed distinctive images over the years.

Elise: I agree! Sometimes I consider plot even more important than character--nobody shoot me, please.

Angela: You're very welcome!

Anthony: I finished it earlier today and found it very well written.

Old Kitty: Awesome! :)

Pat: The author's popularity and the provenance of Sherlock Holmes pretty much allow him to do a lot of things.

Bethany: I enjoyed it!

Adam: Hooray for SH fans. :)

Tricia: Agreed.

I started reading another book Margo Lanagan wrote but couldn't get past about 50 pages in . . . descriptive writing is wonderful, though, so maybe I'll check out The Brides of Rollrock Island.

Wonderful teaser!

Duncan: Thank you so much! :)

Cleemckenzie: Not much. Doyle was a really good writer, in addition to creating a lasting character.

I'm happy you liked it!

Jamie: I'm all of a stories/TV/movie fan. LOL. I know what you mean about finding time; there are an awful lot of stories featuring Holmes.

Charles: You always have such interesting scientific teasers. Sounds like another example of evolution represented in birds, after Darwin's original example of the finches' beaks.

Jack: I didn't know that! Holmes's past is always rather obscured; I'll have to see if I can find the series.

I've been doing that a lot lately. I keep telling myself I should finish one book before moving on to the next . . . but it hasn't been working. :P

Krispy said...

Oh wow, I had no idea a non-Doyle Holmes book existed! That's cool! I have to admit I've never read any of the Holmes stories, but I love the character's recent incarnations on TV and film. It's definitely made me want to read the source material. :)

Dazzling Mage said...

I like this teaser! I generally enjoy Anthony Horowitz!

....Petty Witter said...

Not normally a fan of Holmes and Watson but I was given this as a present and loved it.

Paul Tobin said...

I though Anthony Horowitz made a good fist of this Holmes story, if I am honest, I had clocked what the H of S was at the start but I enjoyed the story. He handled the plot well, but he usually does, his Alex Ryder books are fun, my children read them as they came out and so did I. If you like more of a spy story then they are excellent YA.

Bess Weatherby said...

Sounds like a good book!

Carol Kilgore said...

I like Holmes OK, but Husband likes him better than I do.

I'm reading SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM on Kindle, so I don't have a page number. This is the first page of Ch.11:

'He didn't know exactly where to go. Eight o'clock was early on a Saturday night.'

Carol Kilgore said...

Oops, forgot. SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM was written by Jennifer Shirk.

mshatch said...

I have never read Holmes but I am thoroughly enjoying the new British series, Sherlock.

Random sentence from The Great Night by Chris Adrian:

Will had lost a shoe, and couldn't decide whether this was a disaster or a stroke of luck.

M Pax said...

I've loved the new Sherlock Holmes on the BBC. Have you seen those?

I should read more of him. His stories abound with cleverness on a level that is foreign to me... scams and sneakiness and crimes and the like.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a huge Sherlock fan, but I'd still like to read this. The cover doesn't give away much, but I like its simplicity.

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Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, I've read this one! I liked it quite a bit, I thought he captured the mood and tone of Holmes stories very well.

The Golden Eagle said...

Krispy: Yup! One exists. :)

You should check out the original stories. The adaptations are good, but there's nothing like the original Sherlock Holmes.

Dazzling Mage: He's an interesting writer. I wouldn't have guessed they'd pick the author of the Alex Rider series!

Petty Witter: I remember your review of it. :)

Paul: Yeah, the ending was a huge surprise to me, either. Their description in the blurb as the contents being "shocking" for the times didn't leave a whole lot of options . . .

I read one of the Alex Rider books. Can't say I really loved it, but it was a good action story.

Bess: I really liked it!

Carol: Interesting teaser! I've never read anything by Jennifer Shirk.

Mshatch: I love the BBC series. :) I can't wait for Season 3 to be released.

Great teaser. I wonder why he'd be glad he lost a shoe.

Mary: Yes! One of my favorite TV series.

Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant character.

Medeia: I agree. It's nice how they didn't use a lot of embellishments.

Deniz: I do, too. He made his writing style a lot like Doyle's.