Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4 January)

Welcome to the first Teaser Tuesday of 2011, hosted by Should Be Reading.

"This is a country that loses a prime minister and that is so vast and so empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed. Clearly, this is a place worth getting to know."  
The taipan is the one to watch out for. It is the most poisonous snake on earth, with a lunge so swift and a venom so potent that your last mortal utterance is likely to be: 'I say, is that a sn---.'

Both from In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson's travelogue of Australia.


  1. This is such a great excerpt and from one of my fav Bill Bryson books, no less!
    Love it.
    Dee from http://readseverything.blogspot.com/

  2. LOL! Your tesaser also sold me when I saw it was about Australia! I'm so homesick *sigh*

    You can find my teaser at The Bookish Snob

  3. A travelogue? Totally love the teasers!

  4. My teaser has an Australian feel to it this week too!

    My teaser can be found here

  5. Haven't read this one yet. Nice choice of teaser!

  6. Ah, that is a good one! I really want to visit Australia...sigh.

    Here's my TT:


  7. Great teasers :) A friend traveled to Australia and loved it - I hope to go some day. Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi

  8. Sounds interesting - I love Bill Bryson's writing. I've always wanted to visit Australia, but those snakes might give me second thoughts! Terrific teaser, though.

  9. What a great teaser! I should read some Bryson.

    My teaser is here, if you want to take a look: http://abookblogofonesown.blogspot.com/2011/01/teaser-tuesday-412011.html

  10. going to look up this one. Taipan hmmm and here I thought it was just an old term for a city in China.

  11. The two sentences are so different! I've been thinking I should read travelogues, but didn't know where to look for a good one. This looks good.

    mine is here: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/teasertuesday/

  12. Hmmm... hadn't heard of this one before!

    Emma Michaels


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