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‘The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician’ By Tendai Huchu

This book is intriguing and interesting in so many different ways. Not least being that when a chapter concentrates on one certain protagonist, there are pages and pages of close written text, with no paragraphing. My teaser lines this week are therefore sentences taken from three separate places upon the the page.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story and its author, simply click here, or on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

He tried to see what the woman was reading, but the cover was hidden. He was caught up with a sudden, violent urge to find out what the book was. He absolutely had to know!

The woman got off at the stop in Haymarket and the Maestro followed her.

She picked up her paperback and opened it. The Maestro saw it was a Nora Roberts romance and he smiled. There was something about the status of the Romance genre that infuriated him. It was pulp, no different to Sci-Fi and Crime, but it had followed a different trajectory in the bullshit hierarchy of literary works.

Paperback Edition – Page 169

A complimentary paperback copy of this book was provided by the author and publisher in return for promotion and  review.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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  • The more I see of this book, the more I think I would enjoy it. I really like the excerpts you included here! I always am nosy enough to try and see what others are reading when on a plane or sitting in a waiting room 😉

    I’m currently reading The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. It’s filled with many passages that I would love to share, but I’ll just grab the first I see… from page 219.

    “The schoolhouse was in Emerson, with grades one through twelve all scrunched together in one building. Swan had plenty of experience enrolling in new schools where she didn’t know anybody, so that didn’t bother her. What bothered her was that she didn’t know who ‘she’ was anymore.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m just the same, if someone opens a book in a public place, I am itching to get a glimpse of the cover to spot which author and genre they are reading. Just consider it, not as being nosy, just taking a healthy interest 🙂

      It is great when a book has loads of share worthy passages and after checking out ‘The Homecoming Of Samuel Lake’, I can see why that might be. I couldn’t believe all the amazing reviews and ratings this book has amassed and I just wanted to get hold of a copy straightaway and start reading! It didn’t even bother me that I could work out what was happening in your teaser lines, I am just so pleased that you shared them this week, so that I could add the book to my ‘Want To Read’ list 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      You are miles out I’m afraid, this one is definitely not a romance!

      There are some relationship building scenarios going on, but they certainly don’t place the book in the romance category of the book shelves.

      This is definitely a work of literary fiction and a very good one at that. I have found reading the book very time consuming, as each and every word needs to be read carefully, so as not to miss any of the subtle nuances in the storyline …. but it is well worth the effort.

      Sorry if the teaser lines misled you rather, I can see why you might have gone down the romance route 🙂

  • “He tried to see what the woman was reading, but the cover was hidden. He was caught up with a sudden, violent urge to find out what the book was. He absolutely had to know!”

    This is me on public transportation. One of the downsides of e-readers. What’s everyone reading?

    Also, I think the title of this book is enough of a teaser 🙂 Thanks for bringing the book to our attention.

    I’m reading ‘House of Intellect’ by Jacques Barzun about the modern-day degradation of the intellect (including at the hands of people you think would be intellectual, like scientists and artists). It’s not exactly a cheerful read…

    • Hi Hila,

      I hadn’t thought about the Kindle and e-reader aspect of checking out what someone is reading … almost impossible I think, unless you have 20/20 vision and are sat directly behind the person! At least ‘The Maestro’ has the advantage that the woman has a print book with a cover.

      Now that’s another great reason for ‘real deal’ books, you can share the great reads you are enjoying with complete strangers, who might then decide to go off and check the story out for themselves, viola! a little bit of free publicity!

      Wow! From the short synopsis and the very mixed reviews ‘House Of Intellect’ is attracting, I couldn’t even begin to understand Barzun’s theory – this is a book you really do need to read for yourself, before judging!

      He seems to be saying that …
      ‘a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing in the wrong hands’
      … or have I got that completely wrong?

      Either way, a slightly depressing read I should think 🙂

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