Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays (March 3)

Should Be Reading hosts the Teaser Tuesdays weekly event.

My modified rules are as follows:

Grab your current read. Pick two or three “teaser” sentences more or less at random from the book, anywhere on the page. You also need to share the title 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! (Please avoid spoilers!) (Read the official Teaser Tuesday rules.)

My teaser:

“Over the last several months Jacob had managed to impart to Taglieri a decent number of English verbs and nouns, which Taglieri had duly committed to memory. Currently he was strangling on tenses. Tonight Jacob worked through the labyrinth of was and is and will be and has been, hoping for some glimmer of understanding, but he sensed Taglieri stacking the verb forms like bricks, deaf to the music” (p. 18).

This is from “The Fields of Abraham” in The Perseids and Other Stories by Robert Charles Wilson.


  1. Sounds interesting. Teaching his robot to speak English? Great teasers.

  2. Interesting teaser. Makes me want to know what's really going on.

  3. Definitely not an easy subject to teach.

  4. I love anything to do with language, so this quote interested me. :)

  5. Thanks, all, for your comments. I love the language in these stories and have already found more quotes I'd like to use in another Teaser Tuesday (though I may be reading something else by then). Oh and nope, it's not a robot he's teaching...

  6. Hey Avis,
    Here's my teaser. I've never done this before so it's kind of an unusual way to look at a book. (I am tempted not to go 'at random')--but this is:
    "Despite the abundance of fruit grown in sub-Saharan Africa, it is impossible in most countries to find any indigenously produced fruit juice. Soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Fanta, and now the new caffeinated 'energy' drinks made by the same companies, are to be found everywhere. Yet local fruit such as watermelons, mangoes, oranges, guavas, papayas, tamarind and a wide variety of indigenous fruits not known on the world market, can be found rotting in roadside markets because of seasonal surpluses."
    from _Dust_from_our_Eyes_ by Joan Baxter (a book of non-fiction, by a Canadian writer/journalist who has lived in West Africa for the past 20 years...I would call it political and approachable. Angry & passionate & beautiful to read.)

  7. I haven't read a short story collection by just one author in quite awhile. I hope you're enjoying yours!

  8. Brogan, I hardly ever go random in my Teaser Tuesday posts! (Pretty much the only time I do is if I've just started the book and haven't come across any quotes that stand out yet.) Thanks for sharing your teaser; that sounds like a great book!

    Ladytink, I hardly ever read short stories, but I really enjoyed these. I should be posting my review soon!