Teaser Tuesday – 11th April, 2017

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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:

Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele
23% Roger climbed down the ladder from the control room to the middeck. Pausing in the galley, he opened a wall locker between the curtained bunks to collect ankle weights. He strapped on a pair and left two more on the galley table for Elaine and Simon—Roger smiled as he wondered how long it would take Curt to adapt to one-sixth g: this would be interesting to observe—then continued climbing down to the third level where the ready-room and airlock lay. He didn’t need to suit up again. A glance at the indicator panel beside the outer hatch as he stepped into the airlock told him that positive pressure lay outside the ship.

BLURB: It was an age of miracles. It was an era of wonder. It was a time of troubles. It was all these things and more . . . except there were no heroes. Naturally, one had to be created.

Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. This unlikely trio of guardians has kept his existence a closely guarded secret since the murder of Curt’s parents. Curt’s innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilize the Solar Coalition. There’s only one way to uncover the evil mastermind—Curt must become Captain Future.

With the permission of the Edmond Hamilton estate, Allen Steele revives the exciting adventures of Captain Future.

It has taken me a while to acclimatise to the old fashioned feel of the storytelling in this tale – but of course, it’s entirely deliberate, given Steele is evoking the original pulp fiction tone of the Captain Future adventures. However, I’m now getting into the groove of the story’s rhythm and settling into the narrative. It’s very enjoyable to witness Curt’s struggles to relate effectively with other humans, given he’s been brought up by robots and I look forward to more of this as the story progresses.

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25 responses »

  1. At the risk of being too serious or sounding pompous, I am reading some non-fiction to stretch my sluggish mind. I have always been fascinated by the debate Nature vs. Nurture, and I’ve read many a student paper on the subject. Here are a few words, a teaser MAYBE from Jesse J. Prinz’s Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape the Human Mind:
    After discussing “years of schooling,” the author adds, “But we also learn a lot of things without ever opening a book. We learn that three cookies is more than two, that insulting people makes them mad, that pet puppies grow, and that a glass of milk will fall to the ground when dropped. Such commonsense wisdom constitutes what psychologists call folk knowledge–things known to most ordinary folk.” This trait of “readability” permeates the entire book.

    • This is a really fascinating one… I’m coming to the conclusion that the scales are more heavily weighed towards nature – though I do believe that poor nurturing can really mess up a young person’s potential. It is also something that I think varies from person to person. How resilient and adaptable we are – that is a huge puzzle. One child in a large family can break away from their upbringing in a totally different way to the others… What is the influence of drugs and alcohol on a developing teenage brain? That’s another issue. Fascinating stuff.

  2. Oh! It sounds so much like the sci-fi I fell in love with when I was oh-so-much younger and would nab the random pulp from my grandparents’ bookshelves! The only good thing about their house was the fact that their bedroom was jampacked with floor to ceiling shelves overflowing with every type of book imaginable 🙂 (And I think you’d LOVE Cindy Anstey! Her next book is on NetGalley now and from what I gather they’re standalones but similar!)

    • Oh thank you so much for the heads-up. Yes – this definitely harks back to an earlier style of sci fi and, being Allen Steele, is a smooth, accomplished read. It’s due to be archived today on Netgalley, but you might be able to nick in and grab a copy of the arc…:)

    • It certainly has that feel about it – though without some of Heinlein’s views… Now I’m into the style and vibe, I’m really enjoying it. Thank you for swinging by:).

    • Yes – it’s a cracking cover and the writing very much reflects the feel and style of the time. Now I’ve got used to it, I’m really enjoying the story.

    • Yes – this one makes no pretence to be cutting-edge, the narrative style and tone is harking back to the 1950s when we were all headed to the stars – it was just a matter of time before we got there…

    • It has a very retro feel – deliberately so – therefore it won’t appeal to anyone who likes all their story telling funnelled through the characters, as there is a lot of ‘tell’. I’m guessing that will jar with a chunk of the audience – and although I haven’t yet finished this one, although Curt has sworn to avenge himself on the perpertrators of his parents’ murder, he won’t appear to have been emotionally affected by their deaths or his very solitary upbringing. But that is part of the convention that goes with this sub-genre. A number of sci fi fans grew up on this type of story-telling and mourn its passing – this is clearly a nod in their direction…

    • Yes… I think it’s really important to bear in mind that the retro style is completely intentional – Himself hadn’t appreciated that and is now restarting this one with that in mind. As for me, now I’ve settled into the rhythm of the writing, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

    • I’m glad my review helped you decide this book isn’t for you – much better to make your mind up at this stage than to go to the expense and trouble of getting the book to THEN discover it isn’t an enjoyable read.

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