Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teaser Tuesday and word origins

Teaser 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!

  • Last week for my Teaser Tuesday I mentioned that I might have to do a teaser from the same book twice - oh the mortification. This week I am doing a teaser from the same book as last week because I still haven't finished reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It isn't truly a teaser though in some ways because I have specifically chosen a section to share (which I don't normally do) and it is more than 2 sentences, but I did think it was a fun little piece of information so that is why I am choosing to share it this week. This quote comes from page 356-356:

    Since the days of Michelangelo, sculptors had been hiding the flaws in their work by smearing hot wax into the cracks and then dabbing the wax with stone dust. The method was considered cheating, and therefore, any sculpture "without wax" - literally sin cera - was considered a "sincere" piece of art. The phrase stuck. To this day we still sign our letters "sincerely" as a promise that we have written "without wax" and that our words are true.

    I also will do a true Teaser Tuesday teaser from one of the other books I started this week, The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick. I have to read Pendragon's Banner before the end of the month for a blog tour, but I didn't want to read that book without haveing read this one first, even though I am assured that it wouldn't make a big difference to my reading experience! This teaser comes from page 375:

    It tooks five days for Fidelia to discover more. Five days of walking with her man on the hills, of pretendng to enjoy helping with those stinking sheep. Steering the conversation, probing and questioning, she found answers as hard to come by as wild strawberries in midwinter.


    1. your teaser just reminded me to start reading The Lost Symbol. To think I've been waiting for its release...:p

      Thanks for the visit. :)

    2. I've been wanting to read The Kingmaking forever! Great teaser.

    3. Awesome teaser and a book I cannot wait to read.
      Mine is here: http://rundpinne.blogspot.com/2009/10/swiss-courier-teaser-tuesdays.html

    4. Both are books I want to read. Love your choice of excerpt from The Lost Symbol, fascinating!

    5. That's why I love Dan Brown's novels. They have such research and truth behind them. Some people may complain about his writing style (or lack thereof).. but I love and appreciate the research that goes into every one of his novels. You always learn so much!

      Great teaser!

      Thank you for commenting on my site. Comments always make me smile! :)

    6. Two teasers for the price of one, very nice. I want to read The Last Symbol and now I will have to add The Kingmaking to my list. Thanks for stopping by.

      Calico Contemplations

    7. Sometimes you need to add more than 2 lines. I learned something new today.

    8. The Lost Symbol teaser...how funny for me, I was just talking to one of the doctors I work with about this book. He shared the exact same info as your teaser did!!

      The Kingmaking - I loved this book. I hope you do too.

      Here is my Teaser Tuesday

    9. I teased twice with The Lost Symbol too. I love Dan Brown, but his books require one to think, so I think they take a little longer to read. I have the Pendragon book in my TBR list, I'll had the other on your advice. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

    10. LOVE the teaser from Dan Brown, and I'm glad you chose to share it with us. :) I had no idea that was how we got "sincerely"

      Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi

    11. The Kingmaker is something I very much want to read, especially since the latest book has just come out. I liked your teaser and will be trying to get my hands on a copy soon!