Teaser: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe cover“A multitude of tiny ice crystals, probably thrown from the ice cooler at the moment of impact, had lodged in the scars left behind by the chronic acne that had ravaged his face when he was a teenager.  The left half of his face was numb and frozen, as if he’d been smashed in the face with an ice cooler, which was in fact the case, or as if he’d been hit by an iron that had been left too long in a very cold room, which is, I acknowledge, a very odd analogy.”

– The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas

Synopsis

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails. Without adequate Euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer. As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise – and to a Bollywood beat – the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our unlikely hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Down the rabbithole

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Sometimes a book can grab you right from the beginning. Usually it takes more than a sentence. Sometimes it can take a paragraph. But sometimes you can be completely enthralled before the first full stop. Sometimes the first sentence is so mind-blowingly amazing that you won’t put that book down for hours. The rest of the book might be just as captivating (and isn’t it magical), or maybe it all goes downhill from there (the ultimate form of deceit).

So this post is a shrine to some wonderful first lines that I’ve read recently, either just picking them up off my shelf or as I sit down for an hour-long read.

The lines drag me into a magical world.

lips touch coverThere is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave.
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

The first time Reginald Archer saw the thing, it was, in its simplicity, absolute.
– Story by Gahan Wilson, part of Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman

They include me in the conversation.

beat the reaperIt’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

So I’m on my way to work and I stop to watch a pigeon fight a rat in the snow, and some fuckhead tries to mug me!
Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell

They surprise me.

my zombie dog coverIt was a slow day, so I was reading a book at my desk and seeing into the future.
Fated by Benedict Jacka

On my 14th birthday I had to bury a dog.
My Zombie Dog by Charmaine Clancy

Or sometimes confuse me.

The first word spoken by the Indian man Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod upon his arrival in France was, oddly enough, a Swedish word.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas

They might remind me of one I’ve read before.

the bone season coverThere used to be more of us.
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning.
– The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

They might even be drenched in tragedy.

more than this coverHere is the boy, drowning.
More Than This by Patrick Ness

But they’re the first lines that dragged me down the rabbithole before I even had a chance to kick and scream.

What first lines have captured you lately? Do you have a favourite first line? Leave me link to your own musings!

At the moment I’m at uni and I don’t have a lot of time for comments. I’ll be replying to and visiting everyone but it might take a few days 🙂


Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, in which we muse about books and reading.  Anyone can join in!

Teaser: Lips Touch Three Times

“A cursed girl with lips still moist from her first kiss might feel suddenly wild, like a little monsoon. She might forget her curse just long enough to get careless and let it come true. She might kill everyone she loves.”
– Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor (Illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo)
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Synopsis

Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:

Goblin Fruit
In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?

Spicy Little Curses
A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.

Hatchling
Six days before Esme’s fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Teaser: Alice in the Country of Hearts #1

Alice in the Country of Hearts #1This week’s teaser is a visual teaser because I’m reading a manga, Alice in the Country of Hearts. It’s a fantastic re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. Alice is dragged into Wonderland, a strange world where all of the characters are in love with her. But this isn’t a tale of romance. Alice takes no nonsense. It’s a hilarious story, full of adorable characters. I absolutely love it!

The teaser:
Remember, manga is read right-to-left, top-to-bottom.

Alice in the Country of Hearts #1 teaser

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Teaser & Giveaway: The Waiting Room

“Sometimes, I would lie. I told some people they were in Heaven and that after they walked through the door, they’d receive their first wings. I told others they were in Hell and I was Satan.
“I’m really not such a bad guy,” I’d say. “People make me out to have a pitchfork and little horns…I don’t know where they get these ideas. Do you see any fire?” ”
– The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

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This is Alysha’s self-published debut novel. I absolutely loved it! You can read the review I posted yesterday if you want to know more. If you want to win a copy, enter the competition below!

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Teaser: Fated

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This week, while I’m doing my blog overhaul, I’m going to be re-visiting my favourite pre-blogging books, the books that I love but haven’t had a chance to show their faces (much) on this blog, yet.

“Those of us who do like visitors have to advertise, and it’s tricky to find a way of doing it that doesn’t make you sound crazy. The majority rely on word of mouth, though younger mages use the Internet. I’ve even heard of one guy in Chicago who advertises in the phone book under “Wizard,” though that’s probably an urban legend.”
– Fated by Benedict Jacka
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Synopsis

In the heart of Camden you’ll find the Arcana Emporium, run by Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light or investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.

Teaser: The Trusted

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“So, while some still persisted in humping their tatty recycled signs all over New York City, she continued quietly setting the fire for real change. From way up here, where her equally naive colleagues had entrusted her with keys to the third largest bank in the world, she would soon ignite a voracious inferno.”
– The Trusted by John M. Green.
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I don’t often read spy books, but my Mum won a copy of this book off goodreads and I was surprised by how incredible the plot sounded.  It’s written by an Australian author, and since I rarely read Australian books I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve only made it to chapter 3 so far, but the writing is fantastic.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be ReadingIt’s simple: turn to a random page of a book you’re currently reading and post two(ish) ‘teaser’ sentences.