I ran across this meme via Holidailies, "a free community writing project that promotes sharing your writing and other online creative endeavors during the winter holiday season." I'm participating this year, even though it's not really my writing I'm sharing. I rationalize it by remembering how much time I spent selecting the poems and formatting them and so on. And I do write a little paragraph or two at the top of each entry, so it's not as though I'm contributing nothing other than my time. Anyway, one of the other participants today posted her contribution to a weekly meme project that seems kind of fun, so I thought I'd do it too.
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!
"About two-thirds of the way in, I found found what I was looking for—a page, completely missing. It had been ripped free, leaving a scar of jagged, yellowed paper behind."
p. 232, Demon Ex Machina by Julie Kenner
Demon Ex Machina is the fifth book in Kenner's "Tales of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom" series, which I think any any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan would get a kick out of. Indeed, the first book in the series, Carpe Demon, was solicited to attracted exactly that audience; the promo materials prominently featured a blurb by Charlaine Harris that explicitly referenced Buffy. And, good call on their part, at least so far as I am concerned; I doubt I ever would have picked it up if not for that. If the teaser above interests you, I would really recommend starting with the first book. Demon Ex Machina is part of an ongoing arc started in the earlier novels, and while I think the background information Kenner provides would be enough for a new reader to follow the plot, you'll get more out of it if you start from the beginning.