Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dusty Reads (1)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme from Giselle at Xpressoreads.com.  Every week, those that wish to participate can post a book that's been getting "dusty" on their shelf.  The book doesn't have to be years old... just one that's been sitting there for a little while (a couple months or more) that you haven't gotten around to reading yet.

For full details of the meme and to get the above button, follow the link here.

My Dusty Reads for this week is:

From Goodreads.com

SILVERLOCK is one of the all-time great fantasy classics. In this richly picaresque story of a modern man's fruitful adventurings in legendary realms of gold, John Myers Myers has presented a glowing tapestry of real excitement and meaning. In essence, this is the tale of Silverlock's wanderings in the Commonwealth, the land of immortal heroes real and imagined, in search of his true destiny. In form, it is sheer headlong narrative, with occasional clangorous verses woven into its fabric. In content, it is something between a many-peopled, incident-studded story of high emprise, and a morality for our time. Always it is fresh and bold in concept, superb in its execution ... How A. Clarence Shandon came to the Commonwealth, exchanging his everyday name and Chicago-bound life for that of a traveler beyond time; what great ones of old legend and modern story he encountered, and to what purpose; what loves he knew and what fights he fought; what trials befell him in the Pit, and what truth he discovered when at last he won to the Hippocrene Spring--these are matters of such crowding variety and implicit significance as the reader must discover for himself ... And in the discovering, the literate reader will have a wonderful time. He will be amused by the wicked wit that illumines the vast panorama, and intrigued by the challenge it offers his own learning. Most of all, he will be impressed by its profound knowledge, of our cultural heritage, and stirred by its vital interpretations.

This is a book that was suggested to me by my friend Paul from Blog, Jvstin Style.  He highly recommends it, particularly for one who enjoys fantasy as I do.  I bought a used copy several years ago and have wanted to read it but far too many other shiny things have come my way.  It is, however, on my list of reads for 2012.

Teaser Tuesday

Life has finally slowed down for me, enough that I can start participating in some of the wonderful memes that are out among the Reading Blogger community.  Expect more regular updates in the near future! (Including book reviews for the many books I've read over the last several weeks.)

Today, I am participating in Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can participate. Here are the rules:

  • 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!

  • I'm usually in the middle of several books, but for this week, I'm only going to choose one.  This is one of the books that I've won through Goodreads First Reads Program, though to be fair, it is one that I won awhile ago.  I'm trying to make my way through those as well.

    I looked at an expanse of wall over a fireplace that had been bricked up. On top of the fireplace were a few trophies =, and the wall was decorated with a number of glass-framed photis and a medal I assumed was his Purple Heart.

    The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini by Peter Johnson