Teaser Tuesdays: 61 Hours by Lee Child

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!

Well, I had some trouble today choosing a new book to read. I’m a bit worn out from Niffenegger and have piles and piles of TBR but need something easy and juicy. So, I walked over to James Lee Burke and Lee Child on my library shelves (luckily they live close to one another, ha) and took stock. I’m choosing 61 Hours by Lee Child today, because the obscure location in South Dakota sounds like a smart strategic move to make in the Where Are You Reading? challenge (I don’t recall noticing any books about South Dakota recently) and because I like what I see on the dust cover in the way of teaser. But you, instead, get these few lines from page 163:

“Tiny eddying drafts were stirring odors out of the rugs and the drapes. They were not unpleasant.”

Sorry so short! This is how Child writes: short, declarative sentences (or in some cases, fragments!) that are very, very expressive. Perhaps you could use more of them in this case; but I’m sticking with two sentences because I’m following the rules today 🙂 and because I think it’s a fine example of mood. I would say that serial character Reacher is somewhere he doesn’t belong in this moment, since he’s smelling odors that seem unfamiliar. (I guess I’m also assuming it’s Reacher experiencing the odors. I may be wrong.)

I’m excited to be started something new that I expect to be fast-paced, engaging, fun, and not too intellectual, like the other Reacher novels I’ve read before.

I also want to point out to any participants in Sheila’s Where Are You Reading? challenge, a cool link I found this morning. Flavorwire has made a list (oh boy! we all love lists don’t we?) of 10 Great Works of Literature for America’s 10 Most Literate Cities. View it here for inspiration.

3 Responses

  1. Glad to have you in the challenge! 🙂 WOO HOO!

  2. hey, it’s great fun!

  3. […] still working on Lee Child’s 61 Hours but I already gave you a Tuesday Teaser from it, so I’ll refrain from moving backwards to begin it. Instead I’ll give you a few […]

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