Tuesday Teasers

Good morning and welcome to another Tuesday Teaser!  I am back from my short vacation (mostly work travel and a bad head cold), so I’ve got 2 teasers for your reading pleasure.  You know the rules: open your current book, pick two teaser sentences that will entice us to run off and read it, but don’t spoil the plot twists for us!

First, from my current book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, a snippet form Dr. Marinus’ lectures on botany and scientists:

“It’s true that Linnaean taxonomy underlies botany, but he taught also that swallows hibernate under lakes; that twelve-foot giants thump about Patagonia; and that Hottentots are monorchids, possessing but a single testicle.  They have two.  I looked.”

That would be a fun guy to have dinner with!  The book is fabulous and I can’t wait to review it for you.

Now, a BONUS TEASER!  This is from a book that has languished on my shelves a bit, mostly because I have been traveling a lot.  It’s a pretty amazing set by Richard Galbraith called Concrete Operational.  I should be posting the review this week and giving away a set – which includes the novel, an art book and a dvd – this week or next.  BE SURE to chck back and get yourself entered!  This is a really unusual work and I think you’re going to enjoy it.  So, to whet your appetite, a teaser from the novel…and just for reference, Germany is a person’s name in this passage:

“Germany, I will give you justice, I will give you your dreams.  I will provide you with the knowledge of all time and all I ask in return, is the destruction of the universe.”

Now, try and tell me you aren’t curious!  I won’t believe you.  Check back on Thursday for my review and information on the giveaway.

What’s teasing YOU this week?

  12 comments for “Tuesday Teasers

  1. October 19, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Wow. Powerful!

    My TT involves an angelic confession :)

  2. October 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    If (s)he doesn’t ask for more…who cares about the universe?:D What is going on in this book? Teasing! If you like to check out my teaser:

  3. October 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Concrete Operational’s teaser is really intense. Going to look up the premise of this one and really interested after the morsel you’ve showcased.

  4. October 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    LOL “They have two. I looked.” Great teasers, both.

  5. October 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Great teasers. The first made me laugh and the second brought curiosity to the surface. Thanks for visiting me :)

  6. October 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I heard great things about The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. I loved Cloud Atlas by Mitchell.

    thanks so much for stopping by On the Bookcase

  7. October 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like Linnaeus was to botany what Herodotus was to history!

  8. October 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Oh.. lol. I’m not going to pretend I understood the first teaser but it sounds kind of interesting. I shall have someone to explain it for me. Lol. The second teaser, however, is epic. I love the sound of it! Destruction of the universe! Oh, yes! Thanks for stopping by on my blog :)

  9. October 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Two really great teasers, Lisa! I can commisserate with you on the head cold, as I am just getting over a sinus infection myself. Gotta love this time of year!

  10. October 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I admit it, I am curious, I won’t deny it! Thanks for stopping by my teaser today!

  11. October 20, 2010 at 12:50 am

    lol i’m glad you clarified about germany being someone’s name b/c i was picturing a political speech to the entire country! great teasers!

  12. Amy
    October 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Great teaser! Dr. Marinus’ sure would make an interesting dinner date! lol I’m looking forward to your review of this book.

    As for Concrete Operational, so all he wants is for Germany to destry the universe…that’s not a lot to ask! You have captivated me with this teaser…I have so many questions spinning around in my head re; this story!

    Thank you!

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