Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday Two-fer

"I rewrapped the wound, using the last of the gauze . . . . and that was when I looked up to see the iguana hissing in my face.
"I knocked the safety off the gun, cocked the hammer, and pulled the trigger."
-- A Small Fortune by Audrey Braun. Yes, she killed the giant, poisonous iguana. I just hope I would have the wherewithall to do the same if I were escaping through the jungle with a bullet wound. 

This is a great book. It is a lot of fun and exciting enough to keep me thinking of it until I can get back to it.

"He was surprised to read 'Bornholmer Strasse' on a sign on the Western side.  He had never considered that, on a city map, the connecting routes might continue uninterrupted, that the names might simply go on as before the Wall was built."
-- "The Road to Bornholm" by Durs Grunbein in The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain, published by Words Without Borders Anthologies.
This book is full of powerful stories and essays about post-communist life in the former Soviet Bloc. But the most powerful are those, like this one, describing the actual fall of the Berlin Wall. 
When this book gets too dense, I take a break with A Small Fortune.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


  1. These both sound interesting! I hope you are enjoying them both. My teaser is here.

  2. A giant Iguana????? I would have done exactly the same thing. I like the little green Australian Gecko who comes on the tv commercials not this kind.


  3. Kathy -- Thanks for visiting and for leaving your link.

    Tea -- A giant, poisonous iguana, at that! Thanks for leaving your link.

  4. oh my, a wound and an iguana! great teaser. Thanks for stopping by. I have found a lot of great book blogs by playing this meme too.

  5. oh my, a wound and an iguana! great teaser. Thanks for stopping by. I have found a lot of great book blogs by playing this meme too.

  6. Great teasers! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll look forward to following you here!

  7. I like the teaser...different and suspensful! Thanks for stopping by the blog...I'm a new follower and can't wait to check out the blog some more.

  8. Kaye -- TT is a great way to find new blogs. It is one of my favorite weekly events.

    Lit Witch -- thanks for coming by! Glad I found your blog.

    Katelyn -- thanks for following! I love followers.

  9. Both books sound great. My grandfather always said that to see that wall go up and then come down in his adult lifetime was an amazing thing. Thanks for stopping by Calico Contemplations.

  10. Such very different teasers. The first one was fun, but I love the second one - thinking about how the Berlin wall was just a line on a map. Reminds me a bit of how, in San Francisco, there are some streets that have black line drawn on them. Doesn't seem like anything - until you go to the street and realize that the line is a giant wall, and on one side of the wall, road is two stories higher than on the other.

  11. I haven't heard of either book I'm going to have to check out both they both sound like good reads from your teaser! Hope you enjoy...

  12. A small fortune sounds great.

  13. Great teasers.
    the second book sounds very interesting.

    And thanks for dropping by on my blog :)

  14. NIce teases. I can see how you would need to pull away from the heavy stories with a light drama.

    Thanks for stopping over at my place too.

    Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr

  15. Iguana? Bullet wound? OK, that's just too cool.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday.

  16. Calico -- I can understand how your grandfather feels because I am fascinated by the Berlin wall.

    Lorin -- I had forgotten about those black lines on the SF maps. I used to go on long walks when I lived in SF and was always amazed by the split-level streets.

    Heidi -- Thanks for visiting!

    Marce -- I only wish I could sit still and finish it! I was tearing through it last night, but I still have 50 pages to go.

    Sheila -- Thanks for stopping by!

    Sullivan -- The Wall book is really cool. I will have to re-read some of it.

    SVZ -- I often switch back and forth between books, but I have a couple or three too many going on right now. I need to finish some of these.

    Laura -- A Small Fortune is definitely an adventure!


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