Teaser Tuesday: The Dilbert Principle (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 28 July 2015
from The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Nothing is more effective for deflecting work than sheer incompetence. The more incompetent you seem, the less work you'll be asked to do.
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Teaser Tuesday: The Dilbert Principle

Teaser Tuesday post for 21 July 2015
from The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Remember, you can't be wrong unless you take a position.  Don't fall into that trap.
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Teaser Tuesday: Cell (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 14 July 2015
from Cell by Stephen King

Cell by Stephen King
Turned away as he was, Clay could only see one of his son's eyes, but one was enough when you were watching the lights go out.  Johnny's shoulders slumped.
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Review: CV by Damon Knight

CV by Damon KnightTitle: CV
Author: Damon Knight
Published: May 1985
Author’s Website: Wikipedia on Damon Knight
Genre: Horror, Science-Fiction

Review: Sea Venture, CV, for short, is a massive floating city that uses tug boats and ocean currents for movement. It can seal itself up so that it can submerge. It produces its own food and has a sizeable permanent staff, in addition to guests that use it for travel/vacation.

So, what happens when an alien presence is dredged up and released aboard?  One that’s only symptom is a short feeling of faintness when it enters a new host and a coma when it leaves?  How do you track it down and, more importantly, catch or eliminate it?  Will it take killing the host or destroying CV to prevent it from getting free into the world?.

Bottom Line: I think the concept of Sea Venture is cool – a huge self-sufficient city moving around the ocean by changing depth to catch different currents. Neat.  Add in an alien that’s more curious than malignant…it’s the side effects that cause the problems…and you’ve got an intetesting story. Unfortunately, Mr. Knight introduces too many characters and their stories into what could have been a much tighter (and shorter) story.   CV gets bogged down in multiple backstories and too many people, which often leads to disjointed transitions.  I don’t recommend this to any, but the most dedicated sci-fi lover, and then, only as a cool concept story.

Teaser Tuesday: Cell

Teaser Tuesday post for 7 July 2015
from Cell by Stephen King

Cell by Stephen King
And so, standing there in front of a shop window filled with old books surrounding a Royal typewriter hailing from long before the era of cellular communications, Clay did.  He cried for Power Suit Woman, for Pixie Light and Pixie Dark, and he cried for himself, because Boston was not his home, and home had never seemed so far.
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Not Necessarily Ekphrasis (NNE): New Heroes Are Born

NewHeroesAreBorn.jpgThe poem

in waning moments
in one shot
new heroes are born

 

 

Ekphrasis, boiled down, is art describing another work of art.  For poetry, the example most sites provide is John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”  I call this category of posts ‘Not Necessarily Ekphrasis’, because all of the poems won’t necessarily describe the pic on which they will be placed.  I may find the picture a good match for the mood of the poem, or it may actually be an ekphrastic poem.

Teaser Tuesday: Siren’s Fury

Teaser Tuesday post for 30 June 2015
from Siren’s Fury (Storm Siren Book II) by Mary Weber

Siren's Fury by Mary Weber
"I don't know. Maybe power comes in different forms, and maybe we get a choice how we use it."
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Teaser Tuesday: Once Burned

Teaser Tuesday post for 9 June 2015
from Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
I'd just gotten a glimpse into a future where I was in bed with the man who'd tortured him.

"Nothing's set in stone."
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Teaser Tuesday: Crystal Keepers (Five Kingdoms, Book III) (again)

Teaser Tuesday post for 2 June 2015 from Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull

Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull
"Possession of that crystal is treason, punishable by death.  Many organizations here in Old Zeropolis would enforce that punishment as eagerly as the authorities in the new city."
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!

Teaser Tuesday: Crystal Keepers (Five Kingdoms, Book III)

Teaser Tuesday post for 26 May 2015 from Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull

Crystal Keepers by Brandon Mull
Cole blinked and strained his eyes, but there was absolutely no light.  He could hear the thundering approach of the mounted Enforcers.
—————————————————————————————– Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:• 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!