Teaser Tuesdays – 3/24/09

Teaser Tuesdays~

tuesday-tMiz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title 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!

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full_swirsky_weber_340_4001My Teaser this week doesn’t come from a book, but from a short story on the Science Fiction and Fantasy website called Tor.com.  

I’ve been seeking out short stories in preparation for a book I need to review for a virtual book tour next month.  This story is wild and beautiful and unlike anything else I’ve ever read.  It’s called Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky and you can read it in it’s entirety on the Tor.com site.  The illustration is by Sam Weber.

“Sometimes, her laughter held a bitter undercurrent, and on those occasions, he understood that she was laughing more at herself than at anyone else. Sometimes when that happened, he would go to hold her, seeking to ease her pain, and sometimes she would spontaneously start crying in gulping, gasping sobs. “

Please go read this story, and then come back and tell me what you thought of it!  I need to discuss it with someone because it blew me away.  Rachel Swirsky’s talent is staggering.  Go see.

Kandide and The Secret of the Mists

Our book club has taken an odd turn–

This fall we will read Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, a book meant for 9-12 year old readers (let’s just say we are all a wee bit older than that).  It’s all faeries and magical worlds and enchanting adventure, not my usual interests!  But one of our members is a friend of Diane Zimmerman, the author, and she will be attending our meeting in person.  That’s a rare opportunity and one we did not want to pass up.  Ms. Zimmerman is also a professional magician at the Magic Castle in LA- pretty cool! Several of us (myself included) have children that fall into the 9-12 age range, so we’re going to ask them to read the book along with us and include them in our meeting.

The trailer is quite good!  Check it out:

 

 

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Has your book club ever read something completely different like this?  If so, how did it go?  

Review: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is an enchanting little book.  It is the story of two sisters, Claire and Sydney Waverly, who have been estranged for many years.  Claire is living in the family home in Bascom, North Carolina, when Sydney arrives with her daughter Bay in tow.  Sydney is running from Bay’s abusive father and has nowhere else to go.  Claire, a caterer, has trouble getting close to people for fear they will leave.

The Waverly’s have a reputation around town for being different.  They possess special gifts.  Bay has an uncanny ability to know where things belong, from forks to people.  Evanelle, an elderly cousin, is compelled to give people things that they will need in the future; things that will alter the course of their lives (although she never knows how they will be used when she gives them).  Claire’s gift is her very special culinary skills.  She uses edible flowers and herbs from her garden in her cooking, which can make people remember or forget,  fall in or out of love, and any number of other mystical things as she sees fit.  Sydney is determined NOT to be special as only a Waverly can be, but soon it’s clear that she is gifted as well.  And then there’s the Waverly apple tree, which has it’s own brand of magic.

I was captivated by Garden Spells.  It is romantic and sweet and the story flows nicely.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy or magical fiction.  Is magical fiction an actual genre?  If not, it should be.

Garden Spells comes out in paperback in April.  Sarah Addison Allen’s new book, The Sugar Queen, comes out in May.

A big THANK YOU to Softdrink for sending me this little gem.  I’ll be sending it off to another favorite bloggy friend of mine to keep the magic moving around.  I wouldn’t want to be the one to break the spell.