Teaser Tuesday – 14th February, 2016

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
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!

This is my choice of the day:
Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

97% Oh, dear Lord God, I do not want to think about promises.mirandaandcaliban

I paint the fish that dangles from the man’s other hand, using subtle curves to suggest that the fish is yet alive and wriggling in his grasp, I take more time than I ought rendering its fins and gills and scales in exacting detail, for I do not want this moment to end.

When it does, my life as I have known it will be over.

BLURB: Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from?

This is a fitting tease for Valentine’s Day. For it is a love story – not a sweet, sentimental tale but the kind of love that rips into the lovers’ lives, plunging them down desperate paths. Based on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, this alternative version is beautifully written and compelling. Not that you need to know the original in order to get thoroughly engrossed… I shall be reviewing it in due course.

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29 responses »

  1. I’d be honest , I’m curious , will wait for your review and than decide if i want to read this book , best of luck , hope you enjoy it

  2. Can’t wait for your review of this book. I already KNOW I want to read it!
    Here’s my Tuesday Teaser from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland. am picking up where I’m going to be reading this morning:
    “He [young Indian man who has honorably married his dead brother’s pregnant wife and has brought her to his home in the USA to live. They are at a university faculty party.]was relieved to see Gauri mixing with the other women. She was wearing a pretty sari. The child was beginning to overwhelm her. He saw some of the women putting their hands on her belly. He heard them talking about children, about recipes, about organizing a Diwali festival on campus the following year. He was grateful to have arrived with her and to know he would be leaving with her. They were greeted and regarded as one.” ( I think he’s falling for her!)

  3. Nice teaser! The desperation does shine through in it. I am always curious how stories like this are experienced differently depending on whether you have read the original or not.

    • I wouldn’t claim that I haven’t read this one in a particular way – I know The Tempest inside out and back to front, obviously. I’m also writing a retelling… But I’m enormously impressed at just how readable this one is and I think anyone who hasn’t read the The Tempest would be able to follow the story and enjoy it. However, there is another layer for those who do know the original.

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