Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson

Before I get to today's post, I just want  to send my thoughts and prayers to the people of Christchurch and surrounds in New Zealand. 

I visited Christchurch a number of years ago, and it is a beautiful city. To see the pictures of the cathedral collapsing, for example, knowing that you have walked the steps that used to go up to a viewing area where you could look across the city of Christchurch seems somewhat unfathomable.

It has been a very strange few months in terms of natural disasters in the Southern Hemisphere when you consider floods, cyclones, fires and now earthquakes. Here's hoping this is the end of it now.

I missed last week's Teaser Tuesday because even the thought of doing a Teaser Tuesday post last week was a blog post too far, but I am back this week with a teaser from an e-galley that I am currently reading. The book is called Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson and is set in modern day Nigeria. I always have a bit of a fondness for books set there.

The teaser comes from page 134:

We wanted to make play-dough models of ourselves and Mama; it held together well enough for us to make two figures holding hands, but then it became too gloopy to make any more. I watched the two stick men for a long time until one of them melted to nothing but the hand, which seemed to be reaching up from the earth.
Please note that this quote does come from a galley copy and as such may change in the final copy of the book.

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!

40 comments:

  1. What a very interesting teaser. We both had hands in our teasers today. Very interesting. Thanks for visiting. You have a great blog here.

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  2. Oh, sorry, forgot to add, my prayers are with ChristChurch as well. It sounds horrific.

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  3. I am with you Marg, I can't believe the wreck that is ChCh. I saw our hotel in the background of the news footage this evening and was dumbfounded at how awful the devastation is. I have a friend who was caught up in it all and acted like quite a hero to free a woman who had been trapped.

    I also loved your teaser, a beautiful snippet of life.

    here is my teaser.

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  4. What a great teaser! Somehow it makes me feel abit sad....

    Thnx for the comment on my blog.

    Kyanara

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  5. Great teaser! Makes me curious about the rest of the book.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog!

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  6. Sounds funny! Stopping by from TT, here's ours: http://ourstack.blogspot.com/2011/02/tuesday-teaser-rose-in-storm.html

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  7. Thanx for stopping by.Regarding my teaser.. its about Lord Shiva...we hence the term destroyer of evil..!

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  8. That sounds powerful. And I too hope the Southern Rim area is done with disasters.

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  9. Hi Marg,

    We have been getting breaking news of the quake in New Zealand, here in the UK. Your thoughts echo mine exactly, we will be thinking of everyone who lives and works in the affected area, and of course any fellow Kiwis out there in blogland.

    Your teaser lines were very intriguing and made me need to know more. The synopsis was quite difficult to track down, but thanks to Waterstones, the book has now been added to my wish list. A very emotional read in store I think, look forward to hearing your thoughts about it later.

    Yvonne

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  10. What a fascinating teaser...now I'm really curious about this one!

    Here's MY TEASER TUESDAYS POST

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  11. What a beautiful Teaser, thank you for remembering the people in New Zealand. Since you have seen and walked different places there, this must be hard for you to take. Take care.

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  12. Great teaser, sounds like a good book. I love the cover.
    Sally.

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  13. What an unusual teaser - the writing style seems very lyrical.
    You are really right about this spate of events in my part of the hemisphere. Lots of water-related problems here.

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  14. Great teaser!

    I haven’t watched/read the news yesterday or today. I’ll have to see what natural disaster you’re talking about.:( I know it seems to be happening so much more often than it should.

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  15. Sounds like a beautifully written book!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2011/02/teaser-tuesday_21.html

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  16. Interesting teaser!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog Mysteriousbooks

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  17. Very interesting teaser. I hope you're enjoying your book!

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  18. I too am thinking about the people of beautiful ChristChurch today. Visited this great city and surrounding gardens in '05. The Cathedral is such a sad loss, among many.

    Your TT reminded me of making clay figures from creek mud as a child. Thanks for stopping by for my TT at Summit Musings .

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  19. Something especially sad about the loss of a Cathedral. Let's let this unstoppable natural disaster increase our resolve to try to head off the kind of global-warming-related disasters that human beings can indeed do something to avoid.

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  20. Interesting teaser this week!
    You can find mine at The Bookish Snob

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  21. What a great teaser I hadn't heard of this book but might have to check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  22. Thanks for your thoughts! I'm a Kiwi living in Canada and have been glued to NZ websites keeping abreast of the situation. Just devastating! Fortunately friends & family are all ok, but it's going to take a while to piece the city back together again.
    My teaser for today:
    http://thebookgatherer.blogspot.com/p/teaser-tuesdays.html

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  23. Oh I like this teaser! It's got a beautiful cover on it as well:)

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  24. That's a great passage. I was very sad to see the pictures from Christchurch this morning, especially the cathedral. I hope to get to visit New Zealand some day. Here's my teaser from The Arrow Chest.

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  25. I haven't listened to the news for a day or two, and today my husband was telling me about the earthquake in that area. It is always heartbreaking to hear this kind of news.

    I haven't seen that book before, may have to be on the lookout for it when it comes to the bookstores.

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  26. Such heartbreaking tragedy. Enough is enough, mother nature!

    your teaser is quite sad in it's own way. I hope you are enjoying the book. Here's my Teaser Have a good week and happy reading!

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  27. I couldn't believe it when I saw it on the news. It seems that nothing can go right these days without the fear of the earth falling apart.

    Sending out some thoughts and prayers for NZlanders.

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  28. A beautiful and sad teaser all in one. I hope you enjoy(ed) the book!

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  29. That sounds like an intersting book. Good teaser! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

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  30. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  31. We certainly have had our share of natural disasters in the Southern Hemisphere. My Dad lives 150km south of Christchurch and felt the quake and the aftershocks. It's just awful, but I'm glad the Australian government was quick off the mark to offer assistance.

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  32. Very poignant teaser. Here here - no more natural disasters please!

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  33. I'm adding this book to my wish list. Sounds good!

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  34. Now that's nicely written! Good teaser!

    Thanks for dropping by mine! :)

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