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Teaser Tuesday – Rain Storm

Hello, and happy Tuesday! I haven’t managed to fit in a Tuesday Teaser for a while, but decided to try again today. I am continuing my gradual progression through Barry Eisler’s thrillers about the assassin, John Rain, and today’s teaser is from Rain Storm, the third book in that series.

As you already likely know, the Tuesday Teaser proceeds by people opening their current book to a random page, taking two non-spoiling(**) sentences from the page, and posting them as a “teaser.” (** That is, sentences that won’t give away anything important about the plot or the end of the story.)

The Tuesday Teaser is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. Head on over there and leave your own teaser, and/or leave it here. And explore other people’s teasers, and maybe discover some great new book you want to read.

My sentence – there’s only one, but it’s long – is from when Rain is following another guy through a casino in Macau. I had to post these because of the great description of the attitude of the casino prostitutes, their potential customers, and their employers. The subject matter may not be wholesome, but the description is wonderful.

We moved with them, past gamblers flush with fresh winnings, whom the girls eyed with bold invitation, eager to retrieve a few floating scraps from the casino food chain; past middle-aged men from Hong Kong and Taiwan with sagging bodies and febrile eyes, their postures rigid, caught in some grim purgatory between sexual urgency and commercial calculation; past security guards, inuured to the charms of the girls’ bare legs and bold décolletage and interested only in keeping them moving, circling, forever swimming through the murk of the endless Lisboa night.

Rain Storm, p. 18/19

Isn’t that wonderful description? “Floating scraps from the casino food chain.” And especially the “grim purgatory between sexual urgency and commercial calculation.” Excellent.

Teaser Tuesday – Limitations, by Scott Turow

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I picked up this book at the library last week because I’d just seen an interview and book signing with Scott Turow. (Did you know his last name rhymes with Burrow, and has the accent on the first syllable?) I’ve read one Turow book in the past, but don’t remember which one. So when I saw this one on the shelf, I grabbed it as my personal introduction.

The Teaser Tuesday meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. Head over there to see other people’s teasers, and to link one of your own if you wish.

You know the drill for Teaser Tuesdays: pick up your current read, and let it fall open to a random spot. Then take two sentences from that page and post them as a “teaser,” to get others interested in the book. And you shouldn’t post spoilers, that is, sentences that will give away an important plot point.

This moment takes place in a parking garage for the Central Branch Courthouse.  The judge in the story, the main character, is sitting in a car in this garage. I couldn’t really narrow things down to two sentences, so I’ll cheat this time and post three:

At one point, he feared they were actually circling him, but they disappeared soon afterward. Either way, he is not about to move. The vague tingle of lurking danger has always been one of the attractions of the garage for George, whose entire professional life has been founded on the conviction that he knows himself best under these shadows.

Limitations by Scott Turow – p. 43

That’s my Teaser for today. Got one of your own?

Teaser Tuesday – For Matrimonial Purposes

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That is, I’m not doing this Teaser Tuesday for matrimonial purposes – heaven forfend! That’s the name of the book. 😀

But anyway, I’m back after a bit of a hiatus. Let’s see if I can manage not to drop out again for a while.

You probably really know the drill by now. This is a meme hosted by MizB over at the Should Be Reading blog. Go over there to see other people’s Tuesday Teasers, and leave a link to your own as well.

You take your current read and more-or-less randomly open it to a page. Take two (2) sentences from that page to quote as a teaser for the book, but being careful not to choose sentences that will give too much away.

This is a book I just grabbed, that someone had sent me. So I have no idea about how good it is, or what. But I seem, lately to be encountering books about young women from the Indian culture, and their matrimonial prospects. Must be something in the air.

Anyway, here’s my teaser, from the opening scene in Bombay, when the narrator is attending her younger cousin’s wedding:

Nina was about to become a wife in the presence of three hundred people, most of whom she had never met. I felt self-conscious standing there on the sidelines, the older, unmarried cousin, aware that people were glancing over at me – yes, to see what I was wearing, but mostly to detect any hint of pain or jealousy on my face as yet another younger cousin married.

For Matrimonial Purposes, by Kavita Daswani, p. 5

I have a feeling this is going to be entertaining. Perhaps another relatively light summer read?

Teaser Tuesday: The River by Tricia Wastvedt

teasertuesdays2Time for another Tuesday Teaser! This is a meme hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. It involves taking your current read, opening it to a more-or-less random spot, and pulling two teaser sentences from it.

And no spoilers for people who don’t want to know the ending or the whole plot before they read the book!

In today’s case, however, the information I provide will seem like a spoiler, but isn’t. Because you know from the very first chapter that a young brother and sister drowned in a boat on the river. And the story veers, from chapter to chapter, between events that took place in the thirty years since then, events that led up to the drowning, and events that surrounded it.

So the photographer taking pictures in my teaser was doing it thirty years ago. And by this time in the book, the reader knows exactly what he is seeing, even though he is completely oblivious until a few hours later. (And sorry, I cheated again: this is three sentences instead of two.)

Something else moved on the river. It was a boat. Xavier caught only a glimpse of the stern before it disappeared under the trees.

The River, by Tricia Wastvedt, p. 152

It’s not so much the sentences themselves that make the hair want to stand up on the back of your neck. It’s the reader’s knowledge of what is really going on. We want to yell at Xavier to run, run down to the river, and save the kids before it’s too late! But he just goes on, enjoying the sunny day.

I’m not always fond of a style that skips back and forth quite so much between time periods and characters. But in this case, it works really well, and creates a lot of tension.

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