18 December, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (102)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It's a weekly, bookish meme.

Rules:
  • 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 Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. How I found this book is a bit of a story--remember when Google had Ada Lovelace on their homepage a little while ago? Following the links in the search results, I noticed Wikipedia mentioned The Difference Engine under Cultural References as a steampunk novel that included Ada Lovelace. I thought it sounded cool, especially since I read Neuromancer by Gibson (and liked it). I'm not very far into this story yet (only 20 some pages) but Lovelace has already been mentioned.


Her room above the Hart seemed distant as childhood's first memories, here in the smell of slaughter, in this dark where giants moved--Houston reeled suddenly to slash at the curtains with his cane, tore them open, gas-light catching the patterns of frost on the glass of each mullioned pane, illuminating the Texian's kerchief and the grim eyes above it, eyes distant and merciless as winter stars. Houston staggered at the sight, the striped blanket sliding from his shoulders.
-p. 67

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Have you ever tried a book because it contained a particular character, either a real or fiction person? What are you reading now? Got any teasers to share?


-----The Golden Eagle

32 comments:

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I picked up Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel because it was about Thomas Cromwell. :-)

Summer Ross said...

Great teaser! Thank you for sharing.

Jai Joshi said...

Isn't it great the kind of gems you can discover by following random links on the internet? I'm always discovering stuff like that, love it!

Jai

David P. King said...

Nice tease! I've been itching for a collaborative novel lately, so maybe this is the ticket I'm looking for. Thanks, Eagle! :)

Funny Pets said...

Sounds fun!

Jack said...

It sounds like a very exciting book! I wonder if I can find it...oh dear, my list keeps growing.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah I've tried some because they had a character I knew, looks like an interesting read.

Jessica G. said...

I've read a few steampunk novels and like the genre. Thanks for teasing this one!

Here's mine: http://duckduckcow.blogspot.com/2012/12/teaser-tuesday-haunted-utah.html

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Steampunk has risen so fast in popularity but I've yet to read a book of that genre.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I love anything Gibson.

Cherie Reich said...

Great teaser! Yes, I've picked up books because a particular character or real person was mentioned in them.

Here's my TT.

Lynda R Young said...

Aah the Difference Engine. That takes me back... :)

Madeline Jane said...

Great teaser! Right now I'm reading Betwixt right now, but it's not too good. The way the teenagers talk is really unrealistic and I feel like it's too forced. I may have to post a rant about that. ;)

Jamie Gibbs said...

I gave my copy of this to a friend before I realised that it was a precursor to steampunk. Curses!

Jamie

mooderino said...

Steampunk seems to be the genre du jour, so this is probably a good time to read this one.

mood

Maurice Mitchell said...

Very powerful. I'm starting Life of Pi today. We'll see! BTW You should join our blogfest. Sign up!

M Pax said...

I really like the passage you posted. I'll have to add this book to my TBR.

I have Charlotte in my pile because it has characters from Pride & Prejudice in it.

The Golden Eagle said...

Misha: Cool. :)

Summer: You're very welcome!

Jai: I don't do a lot of random surfing, but it's a lot of fun.

David: Thanks!

I hope you enjoy The Difference Engine if you check it out. :)

Funny Pets: It's interesting.

Jack: I know, mine too. I'm never going to put an end to my TBR list.

Pat: It is!

Jessica: You're welcome. :)

L. Diane: I love the genre; the technology element really attracts me.

Michael: I've only read Neuromancer by William Gibson, but I liked the book.

Cherie: Thank you!

Lynda: Really? Funny how some books stick with you over the years. :)

Madeline: Thanks!

I'm sorry to hear the book isn't good. I hate unrealistic dialogue, too.

Jamie: That's too bad. Maybe your library has a copy? (That's where I found the one I'm reading.)

Mooderino: My current novel is steampunk, so I've been reading more from the genre lately.

Maurice: I started that book months ago but never went back to finish it . . . though I keep meaning to.

Mary: Glad you liked the teaser!

Shelley said...

Nice Teaser! I'm not reading anything at the moment, but I am looking forward to a few books I may or may not be getting for Christmas. *wink* :D I'll have to share a teaser from them when I get a chance! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Shelley: Thank you!

Books make great Christmas presents, don't they? :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Sounds like a very different kind of book. Enjoy!

The Golden Eagle said...

Carol: Thank you. :)

Paul Tobin said...

I thought it was ok, it's actually a set of novellas rather than a novel. It was certainly influential, I thought Michael Moorcock's (another steam punk precursor) Warlord of the Air was a better story and better written.

I've read WolfHall excellent.

Romance Book Haven said...

Great teaser, thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Nas

anthony stemke said...

Am reading "Fit for Life" by Marilyn and Harvey Diamond.

Let me please wish you and yours a very merry Christmas.

DWei said...

Now that I'm free, maybe I should read that book that's been sitting on my night table for some time...

Trisha said...

Haven't really, no - unless someone has recommended a book to me because of a certain character, and I think the character sounds interesting. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Paul: Really? I didn't know that it was broken up into different stories.

I'll put Moorcock's book on my TBR list! And Wolfhall too.

Nas: You're very welcome!

Happy Holidays to you, too. :)

Anthony: Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

DWei: No time like the present to read a book. :)

Trisha: I've picked up books because of recommendations, too.

cleemckenzie said...

I low on teasers at the moment. Blame it on Christmas. Needed to stop in before the end of the year to say hi and wish you the best for 2013.

I loved this teaser, btw. The prose was excellent and made me want to keep reading. Thanks.

laughingwolf said...

merry christmas to you and yours :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Lee: The same to you. :)

You're very welcome!

Laughingwolf: Thanks! Merry Christmas. :)

Paul Tobin said...

I think that the different sections were originally different stories-am i making this up? Its been a while since I read it.