The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
While I’ve forgotten the name of the publication, I first saw The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters in a magazine ad–and so it made its way onto the list. Because I had picked it up from a biased source and it seemed to be a love it or hate it book, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to picking it up. When I took it home from the library, I was a bit perturbed to discover a glowing author blurb from Diana Gabaldon, a woman who considers writing fanfiction immoral and tantamount to writing creepy porn about her daughter and then sending it to her. (And yet she fully admits to basing her hero on Jamie from Doctor Who. Will wonders never cease?) It was not, as you can imagine, the most auspicious start.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised.
(I just checked my scheduled posts, and discovered that this Sunday Salon is my three hundredth post on The Literary Omnivore! Goodness.)
In Mark Bauerlein’s alarmist The Dumbest Generation, he mentions in passing that the kids these days just won’t devote the ten hours it takes to read a three hundred book. My first reaction when reading that was, “It takes you ten hours to read a three hundred page book?” Readers of my generation cheerfully volunteer just how long it took for them to read Harry Potter and the Death Hallows–usually well into the morning of the 22nd. I myself took eight hours. Part of the reason some kids don’t fall in love with reading is the simple fact that it doesn’t come as easily to them as other children. Thus, devoted readers tend to read books faster than the average Jane.
But is reading speed actually important when it comes to reading?
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!
Between cups of Darjeeling and two scones slathered with cream she made opening entries in the notebook, prefacing her entire endeavor and then detailing the day’s work so far. That she now had a kind of uniform and a set of tools made everything that much easier and much less about her particular feelings, for tasks requiring clothes and accoutrements were by definition objective, even scientific, in nature.
pg. 6 of The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist.
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!
This week, we’re looking at two historical fiction novels that have popped up on the horizon–an old recommendation rife with murder and perhaps a touch of steampunk, and a very fresh recommendation that sounds amazing.