Teaser Tuesday: Outlander

Teaser Tuesday post for 14 April 2015
from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
He crept silently to the outer edge of the ring, his shadowy figure disappearing among the larger shadows of the stones.  Beautiful they were, but bloody eerie too.
—————————————————————————————–
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: Deadly Curiosities

Teaser Tuesday post for 31 March 2015
from Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin

Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin
We all flinched.  I lunged forward before anything else could happen, and grabbed the statue's head with both hands.
—————————————————————————————–
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: The Voice of the Night

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsTitle: The Voice of the Night
Author: Dean Koontz
Published: March 2011 (first pub 1980)
Author’s Website: http://www.deankoontz.com/
Genre: Horror

Review:  Colin is a shy kid who idolizes his new friend, Roy, one of the most popular kids in school.  Along the path to becoming blood brothers, Roy talks a lot about killing animals and people, even asking Colin if he’d be willing to join in killing someone for no reason other than it being a real “popper”.  Colin doesn’t really believe Roy has or will kill anyone, but when he crosses Roy, he learns just how crazy Roy is.

Bottom Line:  This is a great horror/suspense story.  No monsters or ghosts.  Not a lot of blood and gore.  Just suspense.  Building and building…and then building a bit more.  When, finally, the suspense is broken, it’s a brief respite before more suspense leading to the final climax.  I highly recommend it to fans of the suspense/horror genre.

 

Review: Shards & Ashes

Shards & AshesTitle: Shards & Ashes
Author: by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong
Published: February 2013
Authors’ Websites: http://www.melissamarrbooks.com/
and http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/
Genre: Science Fiction, YA, teen

Review:  This collection is the result of Marr and Armstrong proposing to this group of authors to each write a short story in which the future is dark and bleak.  To that extent, this collection is a success, some more bleak, some more dark.

“Hearken” by Veronica Roth– Kids with special musical talents are given implants that allow them to hear life or death songs, which are within all humans, so they can recreate the music on their instruments.  While interesting, I found this story boring.

 “Branded” by Kelley Armstrong – Pure-blooded humans have walled themselves in towns/fortresses to keep out supernaturals, hybrids, and outsiders.  Due to the limited food, populations are controlled, and if one of the townspeople is found to have supernatural blood, he are branded and cast out.  Such is the case with Braeden.  When he is found to have werewolf blood, he is branded and cast out, leaving behind his best friend, Rayne, even though he’s never turned and has been a valued member of the community.
"No, we will not," the guard said, his voice growing louder as the parents' footsteps trampled over the hard earth. "Come back and get the child or you are leaving her for the hybrids."

“Necklace of Raindrops” by Margaret Stohl – In this world, everyone has a necklace with life beads. Some use up their beads quickly by being risk takers, while others hide/covet theirs, called lifers.  But maybe there’s a life outside of this.  Could it be possible that life isn’t really tied to these necklaces of raindrops?  While interesting, I found this one boring, as well.

“Dogsbody” by Rachel Caine – A corporate-run government that makes decisions based strictly on numbers, for the betterment and survival of the people, but more for the betterment of their own elite lifestyle.  After surviving a “downsizing”, an orphans works his way up through the system, seeking revenge against those who orchestrated it.  A fairly compelling storyline with good action.  One of my favorites.

I wish I'd never looked into that window and met Pria's dark, panicked eyes.  Seen her press her small hands against the window and mouth my name.

“Pale Rider” by Nancy Holder – Another slow one here.  A mysterious stranger shows up and whisks the heroine away to Europe where a hole to the fey world has allowed their magic to seep into ours with devastating consequences.  Can our heroine help save the world?

“Corpse Eaters” by Melissa Marr – A god walks the Earth and his human worshippers consume human flesh from a corpse stew.  Two youngsters wage a nightly battle against the corpse eating minions, killing as many of them as they can.  The boy continually tries to get the girl to leave the city for somewhere safer, but she refuses, driven by vengeance for the death of her sister and the love of her father, who won’t leave the city.  It doesn’t have the fastest pace, but the creepy factor makes up for it.

“Burn” by Kami Garcia – In a world where the sun is hot enough to burn people in seconds, a girl finds her younger sister has been snatched and the police aren’t willing to help.  She begins to track her sister and gets help from a stranger as they race to save her sister from becoming skin grafts for the rich.  Interesting, fast-paced story that is far too believable.

“Love is a Choice” by Beth Revis – Aboard a city-sized transport ship, the former heir to the leader has quite the conundrum when his girlfriend becomes obsessed with stopping the drug-induced mind control the leader has placed pushed onto the citizens, regardless of the likelihood of violent-overthrow.

 “Miasma” by Carrie  Ryan – Disease runs rampant and once the corrupt doctors come calling, the choices are pay them off to ignore the infected or watch them drag your loved ones away, never to return.  When the handsome son of the wealthy family on whose estate she works catches her stealing flower petals, he life takes a much different turn than she’d expected.  An interesting story.

 

Bottom Line:  Overall, I enjoyed this collection of short stories.  Some are more exciting than others, some are more dark and bleak, some are fairly creepy, and some are quite believable as a potential future for our planet.  A few even have what could almost pass for happy endings.  My favorites are, not necessarily in order, “Dogsbody”, “Corpse Eaters”, and “Branded”, while “Necklace of Raindrops”, “Hearken”, and “Pale Rider” did nothing for me.

Teaser Tuesday: On the Edge

Teaser Tuesday post for 24 March 2015
from On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Georgie's lips shaped one quiet word. "Bye."

A faint sound emanated from the semicircle as if the undead who couldn't breathe exhaled in unison.
—————————————————————————————–
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 Voice of the Night

Teaser Tuesday post for 17 March 2015
from The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz

The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz
from The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz
"People who say they love you will pounce when they get a chance.  You gotta always remember that they're just waiting for the opportunity to get you."
—————————————————————————————–
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: Shards & Ashes

Teaser Tuesday post for 10 March 2015
from Shards & Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Shards & Ashes by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
from Branded by Kelley Armstrong
"No, we will not," the guard said, his voice growing louder as the parents' footsteps trampled over the hard earth. "Come back and get the child or you are leaving her for the hybrids."
from Dogsbody by Rachel Caine
I wish I'd never looked into that window and met Pria's dark, panicked eyes.  Seen her press her small hands against the window and mouth my name.
—————————————————————————————–
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: Beowulf

Teaser Tuesday post for 3 March 2015
from Beowulf:  A Translation and Commentary edited by Christopher Tolkien

Beowulf:  A Translation and Commentary edited by Christopher Tolkien
To him then, strong and bold, the proud prince of the Windloving folk replied, words he spake in answer, stern beneath his helm: "We are companions of Hygelac's table, Beowulf is my name.  To the son of Healfdene, glorious king, I wish to tell mine errand, to thy lord, if he will vouchsafe to us that we may approach him in his excellence."

 

—————————————————————————————–
Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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: Tide of Darkness: The Lost Colony Theater Murders

Teaser Tuesday post for 24 February 2015
from Tide of Darkness: The Lost Colony Theater Murders by Joseph L.S. Terrell

Tide of Darkness: The Lost Colony Theater Murders by Joseph L.S. Terrell
The gun made Keely nervous, and as her depression increased, I decided to get rid of it, and I gave it back to my cousin.  Now, maybe it's time for another one.

 

—————————————————————————————–
Teaser Tuesday logoTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. 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): Dares The Night

NNE_DaresTheNightThe poem

Clouds roll in
as the sun dips low
She surmounts
the hillock,
casts her shadow ‘gainst the sky,
…dares the night to come

 

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.