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Teaser Tuesday – The Darwin Conspiracy by John Darnton

teasertuesdays2And once again, I’m doing the Tuesday Teaser, which I’ve been so sporadic at in recent months. My excuse this time was a bit o’ surgery a couple of weeks ago. But I’ll try to do better now. 🙂

You undoubtedly know the drill by now: you grab the book you’re currently reading and you open it to a random page. Choose two (2) sentences from that page to use as teasers (but with no spoilers), to try to entice others to want to read the book.

This meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. Head over there to see other people’s links to their own Teasers, and to leave your own.

So without further ado, here’s mine:

“…and then he fixed me with a frightening look and said, in that singular singsong, those horrible words, ‘So that’s how it is, eh, Mr. Darwin?’ After which, he laughed; a low-pitched, hollow, evil sound.”

– p. 149, The Darwin Conspiracy, by John Darnton

This is from a book about two modern-day scholars trying to uncover a mystery connected to the voyage of Charles Darwin on the Beagle, and what might have happened there that affected his family, and especially his daughter Elizabeth, for the rest of their lives. This Teaser is from a section the scholars are reading from a secret journal they’ve found, written by Elizabeth. In it she’s describing a visit she made to Robert FitzRoy, who had been the Captain of the Beagle, as she tried to find out what had actually occurred on the voyage.

Tuesday Teaser – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Once again I have a book for the Tuesday Teaser! This regular weekly event is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog, so head on over there and see other people’s teasers.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the procedure by now. You grab the book you’re currently reading, let it fall open to a (more or less) random page, and choose two sentences to quote, that will hopefully tease people into wanting to read the book.

(And I try as much as possible not to cheat, unless it’s absolutely necessary to have more than two sentences for the teaser to be effective. It’s usually not.)

Most importantly, you don’t post spoilers that give away important plot points or the end of the story.

So, without further ado, here is mine for this week:

“A laotong relationship is made by choice for the purpose of emotional companionship and eternal fidelity. A marriage is not made by choice and has only one purpose – to have sons.” – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, page 43

This is a book about Lily, a woman in mid-19th century China, who recounts the life she led in her village. She talks about her traditional foot-binding at age seven (a truly horrific procedure), the rituals of matchmaking and eventual marriage, and what women’s role was in the society. She also talks about nu shu, the “women’s writing” that was invented in China by women, to be read only by women, so they could express their real thoughts to each other without the knowledge of men.

But woven through it all is the laotong relationship Lily has with another girl, Snow Flower, from age seven onward. This was an officially contracted relationship based on eight criteria, and it made two girls into pen pals and best friends. It was the closest relationship they could have throughout their lives, transcending family and marriage connections.

I’m almost done the book, and have been loving having the chance to find out about these customs and a bit of Chinese history. It’s not the sort of book I’d normally have picked up, but I’m glad I did.

Tuesday Teaser – An Evil Spirit Out of the West

teasertuesdays2I haven’t done the Tuesday Teaser for a while, so here’s another one from the book I’m currently reading.

You must know the drill by now: you take your most recent book, and open it to a random page. There you pick out two sentences to serve as teasers, that may induce people to want to check out the book.

This meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog, and that’s where you can go and leave a link to your own teaser, and check out the teasers of others. You can get some pretty good ideas for reading material there!

So. Here’s mine for today:

They stood fascinated as Tuthmosis climbed onto the cart and pulled away the veil. He then did a strange thing: despite being elder brother and Crown Prince, he bowed before the Veiled One sitting on his thronelike chair.

An Evil Spirit Out of the West (Ancient Egypt Trilogy), by Paul Doherty – p. 54

I’m very excited to read this book. It’s the first historical novel I’ve ever read that features the “heretic Pharaoh,” Akhenaten. I’m fascinated by ancient Egypt to begin with, and of course the story of this man, his queen Nefertiti, and all the events that surrounded his reign, is an intriguing real-life tale.

This book is the first of three, and I accidentally read the second book first, which dealt with the events after Akhenaten died. So I’m very excited finally to be reading book one.

Tuesday Teaser


Yes yes, I know I’m cheating. But I just could not find the time to do this yesterday. So here I am doing it today.

The Tuesday Teaser drill is this: grab the book you’re currently reading and let it fall open to a random page. (Or at least, moderately random; sometimes it just doesn’t work.) Pick two sentences from that page and post them as a teaser, to tempt people to read the book.

This meme is hosted by MizB at the Should Be Reading blog. Head over there and check out the rest of the teasers (there are a lot of them!) and leave your own if you like.

Here’s my teaser for this week, a day late:

There was a southerly when Alexander set out, but you know Alexander, he just kept on going, and the wind switched just in time, lasting just long enough for him and his men to get through. Some people say that it was the seed for the story of Moses parting the Red Sea.

The Alexander Cipher, by Will Adams, p. 196

This is the prequel to Adams’ book that I reviewed back in May, The Exodus Quest. I’m enjoying it just as much too. Gotta love those mystery thrillers about archaeology! But choosing a Teaser a tough choice: was it going to be one of the dangerous scenes, or one of the more scholarly? Obviously I chose the scholarly. 🙂

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