Daily Archives: December 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays – 29th Dec



This is a regular item featured on the wonderful A Daily Rhythm site, hosted by Jenn. The rules are:-

• 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!

So… my Teaser Tuesday today is The Just City by the awesome Jo Walton that Himself bought me as a Christmas present, after he read my blog (bless him!). And it’s every bit as good as I’d hoped – better in fact…


Here in the Just City you will become your best selves. You will learn and grow and strive to be excellent.thejustcity


Name: Kallisti

Nickname: The Just City

Population: 10,520 children, 300 philosophers, Sokrates, Athene, An unknown number of robots

Languages: Classical Greek, Latin

Location: Thera (aka Atlantis)

Climate: Mediterranean

Government: Philosophical Monarchy

Religion: Hellenistic Pagan (with onsite gods)

Sports: Wrestling, Running in Armour, Archery

How to get there: Read Plato’s Republic and pray to Athene. Or be a ten-year-old. Or be a god.

How to leave: You can’t.


I put myself through all of this because I didn’t understand why she turned into a tree – why she chose to turn into a tree. Her name was Daphne, and so is the tree she became, my sacred laurel with which poets and victors crown themselves…