Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Currently reading...

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

I'm in Tokyo, Japan, remembering my high school days before my sister, and a girl I was sort of friends with then, were murdered.


Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
Share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … and please avoid spoilers!

It was close to Christmas, and the scarf that Kazue was knitting for Takashi was now over a yard long. It was incredibly ugly: black and yellow stripes that reminded me of a honeybee's butt. (p. 199)
-- Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino


  1. That is a teaser - which book is it from??

  2. BooksPlease - It's also from Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. I've just added that after the quote as well to make it clearer.

  3. My 14 year old daughter is fairly obsessed with Tokyo. Would she be okay reading this or is it more adult oriented?

  4. Ha ha ! great quote, made me smile:}

  5. Oops, sorry - I didn't realise the two were connected.

  6. lol I'm totally using the teaser I used on Florinda's blog...it's so good!

    "Even having seen the outsized dinners that she brought to my room, I could scarcely comprehend what was available. Turkey, ham, roast goose, chicken, meat dumplings, curried goat, boar, venison, meatloaf, carp (carp? who eats carp?), cod, haddock, lutefish, shellfish, cold cuts, a dozen types of sausage, roasted eggs, oxtail soup, meat broths, onion soup, more cheeses than you could shake a cow's udder at, brown beans, gungo peas, onions, pickles, rutabaga, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweeter potatoes, sweetest potatoes, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, squash, pumpkin, basmati, white rice, brown rice, wild rice, tame rice, antipasto, stuffing, assorted breads, bagels, buns, cheese scones, green salad, Caesar salad, bean salad, pasta salad, jellied salad, whipped-cream-and-apple salad, spaghetti, fettuccini, macaroni, rigatoni, cannelloni, tortellini, guglielmo marconi (just checking to see if you're still reading), bananas, apples, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries, mixed nuts, mincemeat pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas bread, coconut shortbread, pecan pie, chocolates, chocolate logs, chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, fudge, sugar, spice, everything nice, epiphany cake, fruitcake, gingerbread men, torte Vigilia di Natale, snips, snails, puppydog tails, cranberry punch, eggnog, milk, grape juice, apple juice, orange juice, soft drinks, coffee, tea, you say to-may-to juice, I say to-mah-to juice, and bottled water." (page 167)
    - The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson

  7. Oh this sounds like it's going to be another great book by Kirino. I look forward to your thoughts on it!

  8. Interesting teaser!

    Here is a link to my first Teaser Tuesday post:

    ~ Wendi

  9. shelburns - Thanks for stopping by! :)

    gautami tripathy - I'd recommend 'Out' by the same author, if you haven't read it.

    Kylee - I think I'd say it probably wouldn't be a good idea for your daughter to read this one, for now at least. Kirino is famous for her dark, gritty, at times violent storylines. In this one the 2 girls that were murdered were prostitutes and there aren't really any graphic sex scenes (so far anyway) but sex is mentioned a fair bit. And some of the characters aren't very nice to each other.

    I'm trying to think of one to recommend... although it's not set in Tokyo, one I really loved was 'Socrates in Love' by Kyoichi Katayama. A couple of high school students fall in love but the girl gets leukemia. It's a really moving story if she wouldn't mind something like that either now or in a couple of years.

    Madeleine - LOL. The quote made me smile too! :)

    BooksPlease - No problem. I obviously wasn't clear enough.

    Janet - I saw it in the comments on Florinda's blog. It's such a great quote! The nod to Harry Potter is fun with Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. :P
    I'm definitely buying this!

    Nymeth - LOL. It still makes me chuckle! :P

    Iliana - It's certainly a much slower read than Out, but I'm curious how it will all turn out.

    Wendi B. - Thanks for stopping by!

  10. tanabata, thank you! If you happen to think of anymore you can e-mail me at kylee {dot} challenge2009 {at} gmail {dot} com

  11. I don't see enough references to honeybees' butts in literature these days. lol

    Great teaser!

  12. Kylee - If I think of any others I'll definitely let you know.

    Andi - So true! There really should be more mention of honeybees' butts! ;)


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