Teaser Tuesday – 18th 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:

From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters
18% ‘Bix? Bix Rangesh?’ Enki waved the gun vaguely around his head. He was drunk and probably worse. I pinged his Servant for an assessment of his medical status but didn’t get an answer. He’d turned it off.

‘Hey, man.’ Rangesh headed up the path through the garden, slow and casual but with caution. ‘Dude, could you maybe put the illegal firearm down or else give it to me before something really heavy happens? It’s making my new partner all kinds of nervous.’

I jumped out of my pod and my legs almost buckled under Magenta’s gravity. Mercy’s painkillers had made me forget how fragile I was.

BLURB: After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keona Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keona’s relationship with her has grown into something more, something frighteningly dependent, something that verges on love.

Cashing in old favours, Keona uses his return to the Service to take on a series of cases that allow him and the artificial Alysha to piece together his wife’s last days. His investigations lead him inexorably along the same paths Alysha followed five years earlier, to a sinister and deadly group…

As you can see, I’m almost a fifth of the way through this far future murder mystery. It is a steep familiarisation for the first handful of pages, but the writing is punchy, the world vivid and the main protagonist suitably grumpy and hard-bitten. If I have a grizzle it’s that Peters could have been kinder with the names – they are difficult to absorb and tend to crop up with alternative nicknames. Other than this one niggle, I’m really enjoying this offering.

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    • That’s an excellent tip, Laura – thank you! Other than that – and now I’m further into the book I’ve now got the hang of the names – I’m thoroughly enjoying this one.

  1. The writing IS punchy…that’s a good description. What you have included of it, and the cover are indeed intriguing.Here’s my Teaser for this Tuesday from a friend’s autobiography:
    “…The ice man came every other morning and brought us a fifty pound block of ice. He carried it in with a steel pair of tongs and put it in the ‘ice-bin’ which was the top compartment of our icebox. We cooked with a kerosene stove and used heaters that burned coal and wood.
    Every Monday, two Mexican women, using washboards and lye soap, washed work clothes, white shirts, white duck pants, sheets, towels, tablecloths, underwear and pajamas–lots of clothes for the four, and later six men in the family. Homemade lye soap got white sheets and shirts really clean.”
    She gives the most fascinating details of life in the 30’s and 40’s on a cattle ranch/farm.

    • Thank you for that quote, Rae – what a wonderful insight into a life long gone. And I shudder to think what lye soap did to the skin on their hands, because I’m betting they didn’t wear gloves to protect them…

      • This author/friend had enough money to take good care of her hands in her “grown up” years and still gets a manicure weekly. I’m sure the “help” were the only ones who actually put their hands in lye water or made the lye soap. She is today an elegant, classy lady in her nineties who came to Alvin from Dallas where she lives with her daughter to bring forty of her nearest and dearest friends here copies of her book and entertain us at a local banquet hall with coffee and dessert. She signed them for us and gave them to us as gifts. She is
        a super Mom who wants to leave her life’s story for her kids and grandkids (who are amazing individuals in their own rights). The signing was a delightful afternoon, especially for those who knew she was recouping from surgery on a broken hip last fall and had sent cards and notes to check on her progress. She had a walker to use, but made the rounds of the tables wth just a cane…amazing individual with an amazing background.

      • What a wonderful occasion, clearly an acknowledgement of a wonderful life. I always love it when people write their life stories down for their relatives. But this time around, there is also a valuable slice of social history about how things used to be before the advent of computers and mobile phones, which has changed our outlook and lives in so many ways, the youngsters these days really do look at things differently. Glad to know her hands are okay:)

  2. I like some, but I’m not a huge sci-fi girl myself, at least not when it comes to books… I can watch the movies all day. Go figure. But this one does sound interesting. I think I’d give it a chance. Thank you for sharing! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog too!

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