Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

We are in the middle of an election campaign at the moment. On August 21 we could have a change of government, or we could have the same government with our first elected female prime minister! Currently, Julia Gillard is our PM and so she is our first female PM, but she got the job by ousting the previous leader of the party.

When I read a section in my current read, Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, on how the Archchancellor of the Unseen University got the job, I thought it might be a fun teaser, given our political environment at the moment. My teaser comes from page 14:
A kind of spring had even come to the ancient University itself. Tonight would be the Eve of Small Gods, and a new Archchancellor would be elected.

Well, not exactly elected, because wizards didn't have any truck with all this undignified voting business, and it was well known that archchancellors were selected by the will of the gods, and this year it was a pretty good bet that the gods would see their way clear to selecting old Virrid Wayzygoose, who was a decent old boy and had patiently waiting his turn for years.
And then again from page 25:
The higher levels of wizardry are a perilous place. Every wizard is trying to dislodge the wizards above him while stamping on the finger of those below; to say that wizards are healthily competitive by nature is like saying that piranhas are naturally a little peckish.

And just because Terry Pratchett makes me laugh, and this isn't a political comment, here is another teaser from page 62:
'Not much call for a barbarian hairdresser, I expect," said Rincewind. "I mean, no-one wants a shampoo-and-beheading."

"It's just that every time I see a manicure set I get this terrible urge to lay about me with a double-handed cuticle knife. I mean sword," said Conina.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. Head on over to find out all about it, and how to join in!


  1. I am completely over the election campaign already Marg and so absolutely adore your teasers this week. A perilous place indeed!

    Mine is from The Little Prince:


  2. Good teasers. I particularly liked the second me.

    Here's my teaser - http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog/2010/07/26/teaser-tuesday-lady-be-bad/

  3. Funny teasers! I especially enjoyed the one describing the competitive nature of wizards.

    Mine's from Devil May Cry.

  4. I love Pratchett! Haven't read this one yet, though.

  5. That's a brilliant teaser. I love the way you've mixed real life with literature.

  6. Great teasers! Piranhas naturally peckish. :-) I need to pick up some Pratchett.

  7. I love the one from page 62. I am embarrassed to say that I have never read Pratchett..... and I like fantasy.

  8. Love 'em. Very tongue-in-cheek in those first two! I've never read Pratchett, but already this is the second teaser I've seen from him today!

  9. Terry Pratchett is a hoot. I love his books. It'll be sad when he's gone because I don't think anyone could fill his shoes.

  10. I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett, and I'm not sure he'd be my cuppa. But those are great teasers! I especially love the idea of a "barbarian hairdresser." Think I might have been the victim of a couple of those in my time!

    My Teaser

  11. These are funny! (And creepy, lol!)

    Hope you're enjoying the book.

    Here's mine:


  12. Loved these teasers! My husband loves Pratchett. I have not yet had the pleasure of reading him, but I am sure going to do it soon!!

  13. Great teasers. This sounds like a fun adventure book. My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

  14. A Pratchett book I haven't read! Have to check it out! Love the last teaser!


  15. Your teasers are great and thank you for posting more than one! I especially love the shampoo-beheading line! lol It's awesome how you connected your reading to the political climate where you live. It's cool when stories reflect a bit of real life.

    Happy Reading!
    ~ Amy

  16. A couple of great teasers. The second one especially made me laugh. My post: Scandal Sheet

  17. I've read a ton of Pratchett but Sourcery is still on my TBR.

    Mine's from Devil to Pay, a book I wrote.

  18. Nice teasers from Terry Pratchet. I've never heard of the author so this opens up a whole new world for me. Will have to take a further look into it.

    Posted mine on Aisle B and the theme is polyandry :)

  19. Those are fantastic! I am adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks. :) My TT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/07/teaser-tuesdays-queen-pin.html

  20. never read Pratchett. I think I should.

    Here's mine! Comment and enter the GIVEAWAY of the ARC.

  21. LOL a barbarian hairdresser! I like that.

  22. Fantastic teasers :) Love Pratchett too.

    My teaser, and also my first contest is at