05 October, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (9)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

  • 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!

My teaser this week is from the science fiction anthology The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan, with such authors as Neil Gaiman, Margo Lanagan, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, and Ian McDonald (those are just names I recognize off the top of my head).

I don't usually read anthologies (if I'm going to read something I usually like having a full plot) but I did enjoy reading The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2007 and the one for 2008, both of which he edited. (And I love the cover.)

The joke was that I was so quiet and so little trouble, anyone could ignore me if they chose. The joke was that, after some years of trying, of lashing out at Dochi with my crutches and being beaten for it, I would rather sit as I did know at my food, wearing a blank expression, and let the laughter pass by.

-p. 318, "An Honest Day's Work" by Margo Lanagan

(I never finished Tender Morsels, the other book she wrote--it was too graphic. Hopefully this will be better!)

What are your teasers?

-----The Golden Eagle


Misha said...

The teaser does sound interesting. The book seems different from what I usually read but I am tempted to try it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big science fiction fan, but I like your teaser. Hope you're enjoying it!

Unknown said...

I love this piece!!! I should really try it out!!!

Here's my teaser:

Our arrival didn't exactly go as planned. I remember it was almost dawn when we landed because the streetlights were still on.

Novel: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Kirthi said...

Oooh, great teaser! I feel so teased!

Hannah said...

I'm not really big on anthologies either but to be fair, I've never picked up a speculative ficion anthology. I need to remedy that.

Belinda said...

What a great teaser. What a lonely way to live life. Have a fun day!

Misha Gerrick said...


Sorry I had to do that. I love that teaser. It sounds like a fascinating character...


Jules said...

Oh teasers leave me feeling cheated, like always wanting more :)

That was an interesting one though
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Alice Audrey said...

Science Fiction lends itself to shorter forms. Longer forms, too. :)

Great teaser.

Deepali said...

Wow, that anthology sounds perfect for me - even though I haven't read as many anthologies, the authors you listed are amongst my fav.

- Dee from e-Volving Books

Golden Eagle said...

Misha1989: Hope you do! :)

Samstillreading: It's a good anthology so far.

Jen: I really want to read HALO. I've heard/read to much about it. Great teaser!

Hannah: Science fiction, actually, but it could be called speculative, too. I'm not really sure where the dividing line is, if there's even one.

TheBookishSnob: I thought the same thing. It is a lonely one.

Misha: Yes, there is! :D

Doesn't it?

Jules: Me too, but it's fun seeing what everyone's reading. :)

Alice: One of my favorite genres, science fiction. I like it's changeability.

Deepali: I've read a few of the authors' works and that's part of the reason I took it out. I hope you get around to reading it!

Stephen said...

That is a majestic book cover!

I wonder if that character will find his defiance again.

Hannah said...

Speculative fiction includes horror, fantasy, scifi, apocalyptic, magical realism, alternative history and the like. :) Where my heart truly lies.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've heard about this book - need to pick it up!

Golden Eagle said...

Smellincoffee: I love "majestic" covers. :)

Hopefully he will.

Hannah: Really? Well, I suppose that's why it's called speculative. :D

Alex: Do! I'm enjoying it.

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, I like this experiment. We should do it from our own work, yes? Maybe.

Theresa Milstein said...

Neil Gaiman is so talented. I'd read an anthology he's in.

I'm reading Radiance by Alyson Noel. Here's a teaser from page 135:

"Only a handful of seconds in her presence and my Rapunzel fantasy was over, not to mention my previous fascination with castles and turrets and anything else of the sort. It was awful, small, dark, dingy, and damp and completely claustrophobic even for those of us that no longer breathed, and I couldn't even begin to see why anyone would choose to spend even a portion of their afterlife in such a horrible place, much less camp out there for hundreds of years."

Wow - that was a long second sentence!

Unknown said...

Love the teaser!

Clare said...

Hmm, interesting! I hope you enjoy this!

The Words Crafter said...

I've never read a sci-fi anthology. I think I'd like it.

Great teaser!

Golden Eagle said...

Kirthi: Somehow I managed to miss you! Sorry! *facepalm*

But I am glad you like the teaser.

Elana: Sure, you could!

Theresa: I love your teaser! I'm wondering why someone would want to spend their time there, too.

Kelsey: :)

Clare: I am so far.

The Words Crafter: You probably would enjoy it!

Darlyn said...

Great teaser! I've read anthologies before and kind of like the short stories.

N. R. Williams said...

I'm still reading the writer books. But I will share something...here goes.

And, as you see, frequent italics are the typographical equivalent of an elbow in the ribs and a frantic, "Did you get it? Did you?"

Self- Publishing for Fiction Writers, 2nd edition. Renni Browne and Dave King.

N. R. Williams, fantasy author

N. R. Williams said...

Sorry, that was Self Editing for Fiction Writers.


Tyrean Martinson said...

"But this was the boy I'd seen in my Hall of Ages vision - the very handsome boy with the black robes and tousled hair. His dark brown eyes had the most unnerving affect on me, and I was very glad I'd changed out of my glowing chicken outfit."
Novel: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Golden Eagle said...

Darlyn: Then you'd probably like this book. :)

N. R. Williams: I don't use italics that often . . . but I'm not adverse to utilizing them every once in a while. :) Great teaser!

Tyrean: "glowing chicken outfit"? LOL. I really want to read The Red Pyramid; Percy Jackson and the Olympians is one of my favorite series!