As I missed Tuesday Teaser last week, I'm giving you two teasers today. The first is from the book I read last week:
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
'They are very young. And on their Earth, as they call it, they never communicate with other planets. They revolve about all alone in space.'
'Oh,' the thin beast said. 'Aren't they lonely?'
A Wrinkle In Time is a science fiction fantasy book and the winner of several awards. What I admired about the author was the way she created such distinct voices for the characters. The other thing to note is that the book is full of adverbs - something we are advised to avoid in our writing - yet someone how it works; the adverbs do not distract from the brilliance of the story.
The second teaser is from this week's read:
Author: Samuel R. Delany
'It isn't a language of the Alliance. I want to find out who speaks this language - because I want to find out who, or what, in the Universe thinks that way.'
Babel-17 was the 1966 Nebula Award winner (Delany won again in '67 with The Einstein Intersection) and from only reading a few pages, I can see why. This is a science fiction book about language, and how the use and context of words shape our understanding of the world, or, as in this case, the Universe.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.
Do you have any books or stories you'd like to tease us with?