Tag: Books: Suspense


Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 16 May, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 9 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

My teaser for this week: “‘It’s nice to finally have a face to put with your voice,’ Ben said as they shook hands. ‘After all the advice you’ve given me in the last two months, I figured it was time to find out what you look like.'” – p. 41, The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer

After reading a fairly large book as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (finished it yesterday; I absolutely loved it! So many details to think over and comment on! I posted a blog entry about it yesterday), I figured I needed something lighter. I was scanning my Mum’s shelf (because most of the books on my TBR pile are pretty hefty at the moment and there’s a few I’m deliberately putting off until after my thesis is done and defended) when I came across this book. The premise seemed interesting so here I am reading it =) Seems promising so far.

Review: Last Snow

Posted 11 April, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Last Snow
By: Eric Van Lustbader

When an American senator who is supposed to be in the Ukraine turns up dead on the island of Capri, the president asks McClure to investigate. Jack sets out from Moscow across Eastern Europe, following a perilous trail of diplomats, criminals, and corrupt politicians. His task is complicated by two unlikely, unexpected, and incompatible companins-Annika, a rogue Russian FSB agent, and Alli, the president’s dauther.

Thrust into the midst of a global jigsaw puzzle, Jack uses his unique dyslexic mind to put together the pieces that others can’t even see. As he struggles to keep both young women safe and to uncover the turth behind the senator’s death, Jack learns just how far up the American and Russian political ladders corruption and treachery have reached.

Okay, so I pretty much gravitate towards novels that take place in Russia or Ukraine. If the story interests me enough, I’d pick it up. I had just finished a science fiction anthology book and figured I needed something light to keep my mind off my thesis and my language translation exam that’s coming up. So I picked up Last Snow. Some spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 April, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 7 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

My teaser for this week: “These days Dennis Paull never slept; he never stayed in one place for very long, either. It was as if he needed to keep one step ahead of the banshee that was on his trail.” – p. 256, Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader

I’m in the mood for a thriller (given the amount of schoolwork that I have to get through this month ;_; It’s just not ending!) and this book has been on my radar since it came out in hardback since, well, the setting is in Russia and Ukraine. I’m about halfway through at this point and I like the story for the intrigue and the mystery. The characters are also interesting in their own way; apparently this is the second book in the McClure/Carson novels so the characters are fairly established already but Lustbader provides enough of a background on the main characters to give newcomers a heads up of what happened before.

The only downer I have about it is the stylistics itself; sometimes I find the dialogue a little unrealistic and the narrative is a little clunky. I’ve always felt that the thriller genre has its own style of writing going on that reflects the fast-paced nature of the genre but sometimes in the introspective moments Lustbader writes as though he’s not writing a thriller but out of another genre. It boggles my mind and I personally don’t think it works in a setting and story like this. But otherwise, I’m curious to see how the story plays out and the pieces come together.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 18 January, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 6 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

My teaser for this week: “‘That’s okay. I’m not really looking for him anyways, just the jewelry.'” – p. 30, The Shanghai Noon by S.J. Rozan

I picked this book up on a whim at Costco and the premise sounds interesting; am in need of a good mystery these days to get my mind off school stuff. Apparently the author’s pretty awesome because she’s one an Edgar award for one of her novels. That’s all I can say about it at the moment because I only started reading it today xD

Review: Drood

Posted 27 October, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, lol. To be honest, I haven’t been reading as much as usual (which makes sense since I’m on exchange, don’t have a lot of English books on me, and have far too many other things preoccupying my time for the past month and a bit). But at last, a review (albeit a somewhat short one?)!

Drood
By: Dan Simmons

On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever . Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?

This book has been on my want-to-read list for quite a while actually. I was in desperate need of something this one time I was out waiting for an appointment and ended up picking this book up because unlike in North America, it’s in mass bound paperback form here (though it looks like it’s coming out in mass paperback over there soon too). The plot and setting intrigued me especially as I’ve written some of the books written by both Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

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