Tuesday, May 15, 2012

First Chapter, Tuesday Teaser -- The Book of Lost Fragrances

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
I picked up The Book of Lost Fragrances by MJ Rose because of the intriguing cover, and also because I'm drawn to the idea of scent. I don't even know what it's about. Here's the intro:

Alexandria, Egypt 1799

Giles L'Etoile was a master of scent, not a thief. He had never stolen anything but one woman's heart, and she'd always said she'd given that willingly. But on this chilly Egyptian evening, as he descended the rickety ladder into the ancient tomb, each tentative footstep brought him closer to criminality.

Also this week is Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “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!
Here's a teaser from early in the book, page 3:
The perfumer smelled death and history. Faint whiffs of tired flowers, fruits, herbs, and woods. Most of these he was familiar with -- but he smelled other notes, too. Weaker. Less familiar. Only ideas of scents, really, but they mesmerized him and drew him forward, tantalizing and entreating like a lovely dream on the verge of being lost forever.

I really like the writing so far.


Delana@dujour said...

This sounds fascinating. Have you ever read Perfume by Patrick Suskind? A wee bit grizzly but I was entranced by the story.

Paulita said...

Delana, Yes. I think that's what made me intrigued by these "scent" books.

Unknown said...

New Follower.

Good Tease. Here's mine....


Unknown said...

Ooo I like that...Here is my TT http://newpaperadventures.blogspot.com/2012/05/teaser-tuesday-may-15.html

Nise' said...

Enjoy this one!

DCMetroreader said...

I'm not sure this one is for me, but the intro is excellent!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Yes, this one really would have me reading more- hope you like it.

thanks for joining in today.

Linda said...

That looks really good.


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