Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaser Tuesday - My Name Is Mina by David Almond

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read11
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “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

I'm pretty sure it's been forever and a day since I've done one of these, but here we go! 
This week's teaser comes from David Almond's My Name Is Mina. Having never read Skellig (which I guess is kinda amazeballs) this story has started off very strange to me. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but I'm going to stick it out and see where it goes.
Words should wander and meander. They should fly like owls and flicker like bats and slip like cats. They should murmur and scream and dance and sing. ~ pg. 11
*This is the ARC and lines, pages, and cover art may differ from the final copy

There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? I can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?

And so Mina writes and writes in her journal, and through her stories and poems there grows an opus of her life - her lessons, her loves, her beliefs, her mum, her dad, her thoughts and her dreams.

In this stunningly designed book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig.

From the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award the Carnegie Medal and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award comes the extraordinary prequel to the award-winning Skellig.

*Description taken from Goodreads


Cecelia said...

LOVE that snippet. It just sort of sparkles. Great teaser!

If you’d like, you can check out mine here.

Anstice Potts said...

I'd never heard of this book before but it sounds like something I'd enjoy. I love the quote you picked.

Daniela said...

It sounds like poetry to me. I've heard of this book but never gave it much thought, it sounds really interesting though. Must add it to my TBR pile :)
My TT: http://www.yabookseasons.blogspot.com/2012/07/teaser-tuesday.html

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