Teaser Tuesday, Dec 4

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!)
- Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

I had a VERY hard time picking a teaser for today.  Michael Williams' Vine: An Urban Legend is sort of mythpunk -- think Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, the Canongate Myth series -- set in Louisville, KY. A struggling small-town theater director wants to stage Euripides' Bacchae, and his production invites immortal interest. Written a bit in the style of a Greek play, with various parts and voices, Williams' tale is dark and hilarious, poetic and grim. This excerpt is from a conversation between Stephen, the director, and George, his huge-personality-fading-star actor.

A car rushed uphill over the cobbled street below them -- one of the few left unpaved in Louisville, a picturesque and suspension-crippling obstacle course of masonry. As always, the sound passed like a remote and remembered thunder.

"I think we should assume that's the way things will be, Stephen. It's the way in our town: we're Jesus-haunted and judgment-drunk, like we've been since the Great Awakening. Nothing's going to change in this town. Unless..." (p85)


  1. Replies
    1. I'm really enjoying it -- sort of artsy and readable, all at once!

  2. "Jesus-haunted and judgment-drunk" is a good phrase.

    1. Isn't it just? The language in this book is marvelous.

  3. I love the book's "voice"

    1. That's a perfect way to describe it -- the 'voice' is vibrant and catchy!

  4. Interesting "Unless". Great teaser. Please check out my teaser.

  5. Good teaser...Sounds like a very interesting book.

  6. "On March nineteenth, 1977, Madison McGuire, code named Scorpion, had stepped off the military transport at Andrews Air Force Base, a detail of six filed agents forming a human wall around her and escorting her to a government limousine. Each man and woman in the field had been issued top priority clearance for his or her assignment because Madison's return to America, the first in years, was highly classified." p. 7 of Amanda Kyle Williams, Club Twelve, first in the Madison McGuire adventure series.


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