Tag: Books: Suspense


Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

Been a while since I’ve done this meme too…

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

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘Here and there blue flames rose from the mud and ooze itself, rather like the flames that flicker on a Christmas pudding, Wilkie, and some of these wretched human forms huddled near these gaseous eruptions for light and warmth, And then, just as I thought Venus and Mercury were going to keep poling us down these dark, watery avenues forever, the way widened, and we came to an actual landing…broad stone steps carved into the rock wall of the tunnel with bright torches blazing on either side.'” – p. 193, Drood by Dan Simmons

I picked this book up two weeks ago because I was stuck waiting for an appointment and I desperately needed something to read. Drood has been in my want-to-read list for some time so I decided to check it out, seeing as it was available. I haven’t been able to read much from it but it’s been interesting so far, especially given that the main characters are two authors I’ve read (Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins). Am curious to see how everything plays out.

Review: A Whole Slew of Them

Posted 12 August, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

I’ve been meaning to make post a couple of reviews from a couple of books I’ve read recently but have been too busy with things offline. And because I’m gearing up and wrapping up a number of things before I go off on vacation next week, I’m just going to post them all in this entry (albeit really briefly).

Reviews ahead:

  • Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger
  • Christopher Reich’s Rules of Betrayal & Rules of Vengeance
  • Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited
  • Lev Grossman’s The Magicians
  • Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated

Spoilers ahead!
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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 13 July, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 2 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

I actually have two teasers this week because I’m reading two novels at the moment xD

Teaser #1: “Even before the coming of the cautious Alberico from overseas in Barbadior to rule over Astibar, the city that liked to call itself ‘The Thumb that Rules the Palm’ had been known for a certain decree of asceticisn. In Astibar the mourning rites were never done in the presence of the dead as was the practice in the other eight provinces: such a procedure was regarded as excessive, to fevered an appeal to emotion” – p. 50, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Teaser #2: “‘I need them to slip up…I nee a break,” murmured McMahon.
“I wouldn’t count on it,” replied Heaney.”

– p. 348, Term Limits by Vince Flynn

Been meaning to get around to both books for some time now and I finally have. Heard wonderful things about Tigana and I figured it’s time to really tackle an amazing book written by Kay (I guess it doesn’t hurt that they re-released all his books recently in mass paperback with gorgeous new covers *is a sucker for amazing covers*) and it’s quite interesting so far. Haven’t gone far in it partially because it’s quite a brick in the new releases but I’ll be reading more soon enough =) As for Term Limits, I’m in the mood for some suspense and this novel caught my attention. It’s doing its job nicely, lol.

Review: The Club Dumas

Posted 31 May, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

The Club Dumas
By: Arturo Perez-Reverte

Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas”s The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment.

The task seems straightforward, but the unsuspecting Corso is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas”s masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer.

I picked this book up as a result of my search for books with similar themes to Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind: love of books, a mystery, focus on a particular classic—what’s not to draw me in? Spoilers ahead!

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Review: the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries (1 – 4)

Posted 25 May, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

by: C.S. Harris

I found out about these books from someone on my flist over at GoodReads; the premise of the series sounded interesting so I checked them out. I won’t post the premise for each of the books but suffice to say that they all take place in the early 19th century in England during its time that it was engaged in the Napleonic Wars. There’s plenty of action, mystery, suspence, espionage, family drama and romance to interest anyone who’s an avid reader of historical fiction. Spoilers ahead!

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