MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 "teaser" sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.
We walked up the drive and across the drawbridge into the courtyard. Notices were posted everywhere that contained useful directions such as THIS WAY TO THE DENOUEMENT or NO BOOTS TO BE WORN IN THE BACKSTORY and even DO NOT FEED THE AMBIGUITY. The contractors were making last-minute adjustments. Six were arranging the clouds, two were wiring the punctuation to the main distribution board, three were trying to round up a glottal stop that wasn't meant to be there, and two others had just slit a barrage balloon full of atmosphere. The ambiance escaped like a swarm of tiny midges and settled upon the fabric of the book, adding texture and style.—From One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde (Penguin / Viking, 2011)
"Hello!" I said to the cast, who were standing around looking bewildered, their heads stuffed unrealistically full of Best Newcomer prizes and a permanent place in every reader's heart. They were about to be published and read for the first time. They would be confused, apprehensive and in need of guidance. I was so glad I wasn't them.
"My name's Thursday Next, and I just dropped in to welcome you to the neighborhood." (pages 30–31)
I love the idea of BookWorld, and it's fun to think about what all our favorite characters are doing when we're not reading their books. Fforde's Thursday Next series gives us a hint of what really goes on between the lines and pages of our beloved novels.
In celebration of the release month of One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, the publisher has generously given me an extra finished hardcover copy of the novel to offer to one of my readers. This giveaway is open internationally, and all you have to do to be entered in the drawing is fill out the form. I'll pick one winner via random number generator on April 10. After I notify the winner, all personal data will be deleted from my computer.
You might recall that I spotlighted this fun mystery as a don't-miss read for March, and I want to thank Viking (an imprint of Penguin USA) for sponsoring this giveaway.
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