Teaser Tuesday: Fur, Fortune, and Empire

I may have been off my blogging game for a few days, but my reading schedule rolled merrily along. Come to think of it, maybe that had something to do with my interrupted blogging schedule . . .

Be that as it may, the turning Wheel of Time has brought around

Teaser TuesdayJust in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

Believe it or not, I am somehow still 5 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge! I hold no delusions: NaNoWriMo will interfere with both reading and blogging.

This week I’ve left turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans for the American frontier in Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolan. Don’t worry, I won’t be swayed by his middle name – I’ll give the book the same treatment I give any other book.

This week, the Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 56:

It wasn't long, however, before Ashley lived up 
to their worst fears.  Although he quickly gathered
a "good parcel of beaver," Ashely refused to pay
back the undertakers for any of the supplies they
had given him, and then he had the gall to ask
for more. 

Fur Fortune Empire cover

In Retrospect

I felt Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist deserved 4 stars – the storytelling was solid, but several transition chapters were decidedly lacking; I found myself flipping back to reacquaint myself with the story line.

I also won a copy of Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean Spins on Your Favorite Songs by Erik Didriksen from Heather over at bitsnbooks. I gave the book 4 stars, mainly because I felt too many songs were more modern than I’d like – I understand that’s a purely subjective opinion, but it’s still mine.



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