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.

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.

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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.

Teaser: City of Heavenly Fire

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“He’d tried training it out of himself, hours and hours spent in the practice room, blood and bruises and sweat and once, even, broken fingers.  But he hadn’t managed to do much more than irritate Alec with requests for healing runes and, on one memorable occasion, accidentally set fire to one of the crossbeams.”
– City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
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This is the final book in The Mortal Instruments series. I wrote about my crazy love for the series yesterday. I’ve barely even touched the 700-odd pages of this book, but it’s already had death, acts of evil and several giggle moments. That’s why I love this series. It’s full of action and it’s fun. I know I’ll miss all of the characters once it’s over.

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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: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

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“You never know what truly would have happened if you had done your shoulds and woulds. Your life might have turned out worse, isn’t that possible?”
– It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
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I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, and finally picked up a copy. Craig Gilner checks himself into a psychiatric hospital after a suicidal episode, and ends up in the adult ward while the teen ward undergoes renovations.  It’s a light, funny but moving story of Craig finally confronting his anxieties. The almost witty, self-degrading style got a few laughs out of me,

The story was written by Ned Vizzini who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital and sadly committed suicide after losing his own battle with depression in December 2013.

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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 Tuesday

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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.


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“Charles had discovered, much to his surprise, that dying came with a whole array of benefits.  Certainly there was much to be said for not dying before the age of sixteen, but as that did not appear to be an option, he had reconciled himself to slamming into the end of his like with as much momentum as he could manage.”
– In The Shadows by Kiersten White (Text Story) and Jim Di Bartolo (Art Story)

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This is a beautiful historical fantasy surrounding five teenagers staying at the same boarding house in a small, mysterious town.  Accompanying the text story is a gorgeous graphic story (see a visual teaser to the right).  Although I have not yet discovered how, they are supposedly linked. It just adds to the mystery surrounding this intriguing story. I guess I will have to wait to the end to find out!

What are your teasers this week?