Tag: Books: Suspense

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 26 December, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 10 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

Once again, I come bearing three teasers xD Here’s my first teaser:

“Not all supernatural activity was seen as good. Saints’ lives and sermons are full of alternative wonder-workers, witches, magicians and soothsayers, who could cast spells, cure, affect the weather and tell the future. These were bad people in the eyes of the writers, but they were clearly numerous. People disagreed over whether they were fraudulent or had real (demoniacal) powers.”
– p. 180, The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400 – 1000 by Chris Wickham

Okay, so that was four sentences instead of two, but I thought that passage was interesting. I’ve been reading this book on and off for the past few weeks since it’s a history tome but it’s been a fascinating read so far. A little disorienting that it’s covering several geographical sections of Europe (after specialising in such a specific time period and region for so long), but it’s an enlightening read of what the continent was like after the collapse of the Roman Empire. I’m currently on a chapter about society, culture and values during the immediate post-Roman period.

“‘Alan, just tell me. I need something. If I can’t use it you have nothing to worry about.'”
– p. 72, The Silent Oligarch (ARC) by Chris Morgan Jones

I won an advanced reading copy of this novel a few weeks ago on GoodReads so I’m reading it in hopes of producing a review before the book is formally released next month. The plot has to do with business and politics in Russia (very fitting given a) the situation unfolding over there at the moment and b) given that I studied the region when I was at school). It’s been a slow start but this chapter I’m reading at the moment (which the following quote came from) has been pretty intriguing. I’m hoping it’ll pick up steadily soon enough.

“Now certainly Bilbo was in what is called a tight place. But you must remember that it was not quite so tight for him as it would have been for me or for you.”
– p. 67, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

After flailing to no end about the trailer that was released for the first movie, I decided it was time to re-read the book (which I actually never got around to after reading it the first time years ago. Very weird considering I’ve re-read LOTR numerous times over the years since I first read it). It’s been a lot of fun re-reading it, I forgot how flummoxed Bilbo was at the beginning for having been chosen by Gandalf. Martin Freeman is going to be fantastic =D

Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Posted 25 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
By: Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

I got around to reading (at least the first book) the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson last year (you can read my review of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this post). I didn’t get around to writing a review of the second book but I recently got around to reading the final installment (after realising that they’re never going to be releasing the final volume in the mass bound paperback format). Some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Flanders Panel

Posted 23 June, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Flanders Panel
By: Arturo Perez-Reverte

While restoring a 15th-century painting which depicts a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight, Julia, a young art expert, discovers a hidden inscription in the corner: Quis Necavit Equitem. Translation: Who killed the knight? Breaking the silence of five centuries, Julia’s hunt for a Renaissance murderer leads her into a modern-day game of sin, betrayal, and death.

This is the third book I’ve read by Perez-Reverte and I have to say, this has to be my favourite from him. Some spoilers ahead!

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