Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 24


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author 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!
Nombeko answered him in English and told the truth: that the Israeli Mossad had just barged into the house with the aim of commandeering the atomic bomb in the potato truck. And maybe, while he was at it, killing one or two of the people in the room.
I don't think this is really a spoiler, nothing would surprise me with this plot of The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (Jonas Jonasson). But I found it hard to be involved - or amused.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mutterings - Aug 22

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Passive :: Voice
  2. Crumbs :: Bread
  3. Grave :: Slow (as in the Italian musical speed indication)
  4. Believe :: Make
  5. Stifle :: Sneeze
  6. Fish :: out of water
  7. Crunch :: Point
  8. Bonus :: Point
  9. Flat :: Fish
  10. Bubbled :: Champagne

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mutterings - Aug 16

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Hiding :: in plain sight
  2. Grip :: Bag
  3. Sticky :: Wicket
  4. Games :: Monitor
  5. Tunnel :: Channel
  6. Japan :: Haiku
  7. Super :: Mario
  8. Map :: Scale
  9. Costume :: Drama
  10. Secret :: Garden
  11. I was going to go with Compton Burnett as an author but I see it's Frances Burnett (but I've not read it for 10s of years!)

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 9


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author 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!
But perhaps this arrangement was the solution to Nombeko's dilemma. She could move in with the engineer, let her wounds heal and run away on the day she felt that the National Library in Pretoria could no longer wait.
The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. Our book group book of the month - I think this was a book set in a foreign country. Fast paced but maybe a little too fast for its own good? Early days yet! Here's the goodreads comments - looks like a book to either love or hate!

Mutterings - Aug 9

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Cackle :: Witch's
  2. $5 :: $10
  3. Olympics :: Rings
  4. Stink :: Bomb
  5. Announcement :: Railway
  6. Polish :: French
  7. Frizzy :: Hair
  8. Name :: Given
  9. Endings :: Happy
  10. Misty :: Glen

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - Aug 4


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author 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!
He was a great worker, something unsuspected by those who knew him only in his public role, dressed in his festive robes to conduct the great Games, or receiving delegations from abroad. He was said to be a cool, even icy rationalist, whose relationship to the arts was one of mere distant civility
Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game I've been meaning to re-read this for a number of years - I'd lost the copy I used to have - so eventually picked up a copy in a charity shop. I read it last - I think -at University - and I seemed to have moved from one elite to another! I find it a fascinating tale of the tussle between elegant systems and the 'real' world. Not to everyone's taste! Here's an enthousiastic review. Hesse writing pre internet (and before television was popular) of isolated elites and the long slow death of culture.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Mutterings - Aug 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Substandard :: Connection
  2. Rude :: Mechanicals (Shakespeare!)
  3. Equality :: LGBT
  4. Smile! :: God loves you
  5. Presidential? :: Pardon? (especially if it's Trump!)
  6. Fish :: Bicycle (needs a !)
  7. Cloudy :: Liquor
  8. Wondering :: Mind (or is that wandering?)
  9. Thought :: Quick (as)
  10. Calculator :: Pocket

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Teaser Tuesday - July 28


Teaser Tuesday
The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author 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!
He knew he had not thought sufficiently of this, that he had been carried away by enthusiasm, and had hitherto not brought home to himself the full reality of his position.
He thought most about his daughter, naturally.
From Anthony Trollope's The Warden - our BATS book of the month - a classic read category - which I've quite enjoyed his dissection of the foibles of the Victorian Church. (getting to this post in the end!)