Thursday, July 29, 2010

Teaser and WWW

Between the very poor wireless in the hotel in Oregon, IL, and then the travel misadventures of yesterday, neither Teaser Tuesday nor WWW Wednesday got written. So here they are:

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!

Here's my teaser from Lev Grossman's The Magicians:

... the test gave him a passage from The Tempest, then asked him to make up a fake language, and then translate the Shakespeare into the made-up language. He was then asked questions about the grammar and orthography of his made-up language, and then -- honestly, what was the point? -- questions about the made-up geography and culture and society of the made-up country where his made-up language was so fluently spoken.

It's not the greatest teaser in terms of plot, but it gives you a sense of the writing style. I'm enjoying this book, and it even sparked a conversation with the waitress at Ruby Tuesday's tonight.


WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers for this week:

I Am Currently Reading: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman. The book has been highly recommended by a few people, including new Twitter / blogger friend RoofBeamReader. I put it in my backpack to read on the flight from Chicago to Nashville; actually ended up reading it on the DC to Nashville leg of the revised trip, and then more over dinner tonight. And had one of those wonderful experiences at dinner, where the waitress asked what the book was, and we talked about it and about voracious reading habits and the like.

I Recently Finished Reading: Robert Silverberg's TO OPEN THE SKY. TOtS is long out-of-print, but you can find used copies on Amazon. A few years back I found four copies on the shelves at Powell's Books in Portland and gave them out to friends. This was the first actual science fiction novel not aimed at kids that I ever read, back in 5th or 6th grade, and I still own the same dog-eared, yellowing copy. I reread it every few years, and still love it. I have delayed putting up a review post simply because the book means so much to me I want to give it a lot of thought.

I Think I'll Read Next: The new Gabriel Hunt adventure, HUNT AMONG THE KILLERS OF MEN, is up next. Because even though I'm starting to feel a bit of genre-burn-out, I still need me some Hunt hijinx. Especially knowing this is the next-to-last book as of right now. He's a Jones for our times, Gabriel Hunt is.


Roof Beam Reader said...

Ah, The Magicians! I've been thinking a lot about this book, lately. It had its pros and cons for me, but it has obviously stuck with me, which is a sign of "something" anyway. How are you liking it?

I have never done the WWW but I might start - the only other Wednesday meme I was doing on occasion was "Waiting on Wednesday" but there are very few books I'm waiting on so.. yeah. My memes are not always posted on time either, so don't feel bad. Saturdays, Uncensored have been posting late, too, because I've had to work a couple Satudrays in a row, which is ironic because I never work weekends.. until I start up my own weekend meme, of course!

And, Oregon, IL? What are you doing out there in the country? Visiting family? Are you going into the "big cities" like Rockford while you're there?

Talekyn said...

I just now realized you commented on this! I need to get notifications set to deliver to my email.

I will be posting my review of The Magicians in a few days. Finished it just a few hours ago, and my brain is still processing it. Like you, some of it worked, some of it didn't, but I can't stop thinking about it ... and it inspired several random conversations with strangers in restaurants this week!

I was in Oregon IL for work, teaching a federal regulations class for a customer. I get to Chicago about 3 times a year for work, usually staying at the Four Points by the airport.