Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (14 December)

Every week, ShouldBeReading hosts "Teaser Tuesday", in which participants share two-sentence excerpts from their current reads. Some of us are terrible at counting.

"Which of you is Rolf?" I shouted as I drew near them.
"I am," a black-bearded man urged his horse toward me. "Who are you?"
"Your death, Rolf," I said, and I drew Serpent-Breath [...].

p. 231, The Lords of the North. Bernard Cornwell

Writing, a cultural tool, has evolved to make use of the inferotemporal neurons' preference for certain shapes. "Letter shape," Dehaene writes, "is not an arbitrary cultural choice. The brain constrains the design of an efficient writing system so severely that there is little room for cultural relativism. Our primate brain only accepts a limited set of written shapes."

p. 74, The Mind's Eye. Oliver Sacks

"Tell her I'll be on Earth as soon as Enterprise can get us there," he said, "And with bells on."
One of T'Pol's eyebrows launched itself skyward again. "Respectfully, Captain, I would recommend a more dignified choice of apparel."

p. 18, Kobayashi Maru, Martin and Mangels


  1. An interesting batch!
    Good picks.

  2. All books new to me. Interesting choice!

  3. I love Cornwell, but I haven't read this one yet.

  4. Three different but interesting teasers! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. I hope that you are enjoying them. Wanna see what my Teaser for Tuesday is?

  6. Here is my teaser from Out of Touch by Brandon Tietz (Page vii):

    I used to be the kind of guy that would have no problem reading Playboy or Hustler on an airplane, but that me in "the before," and nearly everything has changed since that time in my life a little over a year ago.

    This is not a coming of age story.

    If that's what you're wanting then I suggest you put this down and read something else: something with a happy ending. Like Penthouse.

    Or: the funny pages.

    This is me giving you your official warning.

    Because where this goes, you might not be ready for.

  7. I love the first teaser especially--great mix!

  8. Great teasers - especially that last one. Don't ya just love those Vulcans?


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