Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!

Her father, who had observed her for so long and spoken so little, had tried again to find words with which to approach her. But silence can breed silence, and the language of his own home had somehow become a mystery to him.

Martin Davies – The Unicorn Road (2009)

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And he happened to stand on one of the thin places that Jane and Anthea had darned, so that he was half on plain Scotch heather-mixture fingering*, which has no magic properties at all. The effect of this was that he was only half there – so that the children could just see through him, as though he had been a ghost.

Edith Nesbit – The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)

*fingering: fine wool for knitting

See these old ads I found through Google search.
Click on the images to get to the original web-pages.

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Clutha Leader, Volume XVII, Issue 875, 24 April 1891, Page 3

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Wanganui Chronicle , Issue 12873, 20 March 1913, Page 1

As I’m reading both books on my Kindle, there are no page numbers. I just took the quotations from where I happen to be in each book.

16 comments:

  1. My kids absolutely loved The Phoenix and the Carpet when we read it aloud last year. Enjoy! Here is my teaser for this week.

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  2. Gosh. The Wanganui Chronicle advertising wool from Scotland at opposite ends of the earth! I shall be in Wanganui in a few weeks.

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    1. I was both surprised and amused when the old ads turned out to be from New Zealand. You must try and find Roberts' Satisfaction Store when you visit Wanganui! :)

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    2. The person I'm staying with has, I think, lived in Wanganui most of her life. If it survived long after that advert she may remember it.

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  3. That first one sounds sad. Here's ours: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2013/01/tuesday-teasers-mighty-inspiration-and.html

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  4. i was about to ask if this was from a book or your kindle. in my kindle i can't go to a random page with out clicking clicking clicking and then the same to get back where i went. that is one thing about kindle i don't like... never heard of fingering since i don't knit and neither did mother...

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    1. Sandra - Yes, half-random flipping through pages is probably what I miss the most with the Kindle as well, even if I seem to have more search-possibilities on the Touch than you have on yours. There's also a drawback with some collections - like the Edith Nesbit one - that the list of links is only for each book, but not for each chapter in the individual books. Well, one learns as one goes along...

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  5. What a great quotastion the Edith Nesbit one is. I must add The Phoenix and the Carpet to my TBR list. I didn't even realise Five Children and It had a sequel.

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    1. Scriptor - There's even a third: The Story of the Amulet. I think I'll get on to that too in a not to distant future. But probably best to finish The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies first, as that one too has a bit of fairytale-adventure atmosphere to it, including a search for mythical beasts!

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  6. Both of these sound like books I'd enjoy. Love the ads!
    My Teaser is from CONFESSIONS OF A PREDATORY LENDER.

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  7. Love how lyrical the first teaser is. Mine: Mrs. Dalloway

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    1. I'll probably be writing a review when I've finished it.

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  8. These old ads are really something, I didn't know you could still find things like this on computer.

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  9. I'm afraid I can't post anything from my current read. The "f" word features so prominently in it that I'd be banned not only from ever commenting on your blog again, but from blogger altogether. That (the inflationary use of that word) is the reason why I have decided not to finish this book but give it back to the person who lent it to me.

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    1. It's very tiresome indeed when bad language takes over a story to the degree that you feel you can't stand it. I should probably thank you for not quoting, then! :) and wish you better luck with your next read.

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