June 22, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays (Jun 22)

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!

This week's teaser comes from Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. Wikipedia tells me that this 1764 novel is generally regarded as the first gothic novel. Having never read or heard of it, I just hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.

The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)
The lower part of the castle was hollowed into several intricate cloisters; and it was not easy for one, under so much anxiety, to find the door that opened into the cavern. An awful silence reigned throughout those subterraneous regions, except, now and then, some blasts of wind that shook the doors she had passed, and which, grating on the rusty hinges, were re-echoed through that long labyrinth of darkness.
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  1. Wow, 1764 and the first Gothic novel?

    Now that's a classic Gothic teaser where I had to read it over a few times to get it. I hope to get started on some of these novels since I read Poe's short stories. They introduced me to all the wonders of Gothic-ness! :)

  2. Wow, very spooky and mysterious...

    Here's mine:


  3. Oh wow, this sounds wonderful, I do hope you enjoy it.

    Here is mine - a non-fiction title.

  4. Enjoy your novel. Great teaser! I haven't read much gothic literature, but I would like to explore the genre more.

  5. Sounds like we both have challenging reads this week!

    My teaser this week is from a Russian classic!

  6. Ooo I like that spoiler - it has a creepy feel to it! Mine is here: http://bookreviews.me.uk/teaser-tuesday-1/

  7. Wow, now that really evokes an image. Great teaser! Here is my TEASER

    Have a great week and happy reading!

  8. I enjoyed that one, I love gothic fiction. Hope you´re enjoying it :)
    Here´s my teaser:

  9. This isn't the usual type of book that I read, but it sounds pretty good. Might have to check it out :)
    HERE is my teaser for this week.

  10. Sounds intriguing! Good luck! My teaser is at The Crowded Leaf.

  11. Spooky. I hope you enjoy it. My teaser is from Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. Happy reading!

  12. Kinda creepy, but very gothic. I hope you are enjoying your book. Here's mine.

  13. I have this book myself but haven't picked it up to read yet. I bought "The Mysteries of Udolpho" for its connection to "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen. When I opened "The Mysteries of Udolpho" the introduction referred back to "The Castle of Otranto" which I then purchased. I love the chase of finding books influencing each other.

    I hope you enjoy it. I will be interested to see what you think. It may inspire me to pick up my own copy this summer.


  14. Wow, the first gothic novel? That sounds great! I wanted to go back and read some mentioned from Jane Austen's Northangor Abbey .

    My TT is here.

  15. Wow! Thank you for sharing. I don't think you've bitten off more than you can chew. I think you'll find it enjoyable.

  16. Oooh. I must track down this book to read. My teaser is from How to Train Your Dragon. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Very interesting! My teaser this week is from Healer by Linda Windsor

  18. Wow! Got me interested. Going to download it. Great teaser!
    Natalie :0)

  19. Excellent one, definitely sounds interesting.

  20. Oooh, I like this, I'm going to have to go download this one as well!


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