Teaser Tuesday: Symphony for the City of the Dead

Like the numbers on a slot machine coming up jackpot-jackpot-jackpot, the Wheel of Time has turned to Teaser Tuesday.

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. 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.

This week I’m reading Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. This book’s been on my TBR since it was first released, and I was pleased to find it at my Library after weeks of being checked out. Yes, I know I could place a hold on it, but I didn’t. I was afraid it’d end up being like my current hold, in which I’m third in the queue.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 13:

The St. Petersburg of Dmitri Shostakovich's youth was ready to wake up from its ancient, monarchic dream and, blinking and bewildered, confront the new world of the twentieth century.

Symphony for the City of the Dead cover

In Retrospect:

Prisoner of Heaven was simply amazing. We don’t see much of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and there’s no huge plot involving secret or forbidden manuscripts, but man oh man what a story we are given. So many plot lines between Shadow of the Wind and Angel’s Game are tied up, and we get the not-quite-full truth of Fermín’s past, plus a cliffhanger/not-a-cliffhanger ending that – in my opinion – this work stands above both Shadow of the Wind and Angel’s Game (but only because it stands on their shoulders).

4 stars

10 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Symphony for the City of the Dead

    1. So far it’s not too bad, but it is centered around some of the worst suffering outside a concentration camp in WWII and the rise of totalitarian communism in Russia, so hope for a “happy” book is thin.

      That doesn’t mean it won’t be good, but that I’ll have to take it in small doses (i.e. mixed with Terry Pratchett and/or Neil Gaiman).

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      1. Oh yes – I think you should pace yourself… I recall learning about this in my history lesson and the numbers are absolutely shattering, when you consider behind every statistic is a suffering person:(.

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    1. I try to keep a good balance in reading. I’ve read fiction/Gothic thrillers the last few weeks, so it’s time for some reality. At least, that’s what my schedule says.


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