Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - July 20


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
"Then where has she gone?"
He began to cry and I let him act out his desperation, sobs that began fake and became real.
The beginning of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend - having read the second in this series within our book group I thought I'd try the first novel. Here's my teaser of the second novel.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mutterings - July 19

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Breach :: Once more (unto..)
  2. Cloudy :: Cumulus
  3. Fish :: Flat
  4. Heather :: Moor
  5. Lips :: Purse
  6. Click :: Mouse
  7. Cap :: School
  8. Suggested :: Completion
  9. Infatuation :: Hopeless
  10. Move :: Chess

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - July 12


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
She hears the tap, tap, tap of the women's tobacco pipes.
During the night, fleas or lice feasted on her neck, breast and midriff.
This is a re-read of David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumn's of Jacob de Zoet. I originally read it back in 2010 and had been hoping our book group would get around to it, but it is a bit long for a month and there's some bits that are tough to read! But as a historical novel of the interaction between East and West it is fascinating. Set at the end of the 18th century in Nagasaki, I am much enjoying the re-read - here's my (few) thoughts from first time (with the other entry tagged so that it can be found!).

Mutterings - July 12

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Devastated :: Area
  2. Hello :: Sailor!
  3. Agency :: Job
  4. Guide :: Alpine
  5. Air :: Londonderry
  6. Expectation :: Great (a singular Dicken!)
  7. Click :: Bait
  8. Result :: Return
  9. Member :: Honourable
  10. Infertile :: Leadsom (sorry - but not very!)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Mutterings - July 5

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Argument :: No (or maybe No!)
  2. Firing :: Cylinders
  3. Gesture :: Rude
  4. Conventional :: Staid
  5. Calories :: Desserts
  6. Glasses :: Wine
  7. Clients :: Servers (an IT reference!)
  8. Reception :: Office
  9. Shaving :: Cream
  10. Catastrophe :: Earthquake

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - June 29


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
It was soundly defeated while it was besieging the Danubian city of Nicopolis (Nikopol in the modern Bulgaria); thousands were massacred by the Turks. The disaster prompted the Emperor Manuel II Palaeologos to travel as far west as England appealing for renewed help; he got much sympathy and won much esteem for his dignity and courtliness; but no practical assistance.
The 1396 crusade in Diarmaid MacCulloch's A History of Christianity England opting out again... I'm nearly through this mammoth tome and I've really rather enjoyed it, I teased a few months back from this book when I was starting this epic.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mutterings - June 28

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Reputation :: Good
  2. Annoyance :: Frequent
  3. Gossip :: Huddle
  4. Cleaning :: Fluid
  5. Bottled :: Water
  6. Pet :: Tortoise (one of these was I think) my first pet
  7. Irritation :: Scab
  8. Hearts :: Love
  9. Sighing :: Dolor (Italian and Madrigals!)
  10. I am :: Yahweh (Hebrew name for God)


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - June 22


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
'We have missed you,' I said. 'We have rejoiced at your victory.'
Henry risked a kiss to my icy cheek.
from Anne O'Brien's The Queen's Choice Our book group (BATS) book of the month - historical category - Here's a review and an interview with the author. With some reservations I'm quite enjoying this tale of a piece of English history I didn't know much about.

Mutterings - June 14

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Height :: Depth
  2. Cramped :: (my) Style
  3. Style :: Free (I don't think I'd seen the 'Style' when I entered the word above!)
  4. Butcher :: Do you think so? (shares of Jules and Sand)
  5. Vague :: Nouvelle
  6. Windows :: Gates
  7. Scheme :: Plot
  8. Tradition :: Dead hand of..
  9. Stripped :: Whipped (Lord of the Dance..)
  10. Gentle :: Giant