Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Ink by Amanda Sun

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To 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!

Ink by Amanda Sun.

Ink – HarlequinTeen

There’s a saying in Japan, and it has to do with cherry-blossom viewing — hana yori dango — Dumplings over flowers. It basically means that someone should value needs over wants, substance over appearance.
— Chapter 3

He was drawing a dragon, long and angular, and it wriggled on the page like a snake, like the scrap I had picked up that day. The sun glinted on its mouth full of shiny teeth and my whole body went cold.
— Chapter 10

I’m not an artist but I have seen drawings that looked real enough to jump right off the page. The idea that this could somehow happen is equal parts awesome and terrifying. What I really love about this book are all the distinctly Japanese references, customs, and habits that at least to me who has never been to Japan seem real and well-researched. Even if I wished that the Japanese glossary was more easily accessible when reading the eBook. And as a former cultural studies student I appreciate the "find your identity and define yourself via othering". But don’t worry it’s definitely not a case study situation but a really interesting story and refreshingly "other".

Would a setting in a culture that you possibly cannot relate to immediately make you hesitate to pick up a book or rather make you more interested in it? Sound off in the comments and share your Tuesday pick.


Vonnie R said...

I actually like reading these kinds of books. Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican cultural books interest me the most. I'm going to have to add this one to my list. Thank you for sharing it :)


Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I like the first teaser. The Chinese have many wise sayings don't they?

My teaser

Carolyn Brown said...

Interesting teaser.

HOOTIE said...

I adore this cover! This book sounds like a good read! Thanks for sharing, here's my teaser


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've been so curious about this book...great teasers.


Kathy Martin said...

Nice teasers! I read this one in eARC and was a little disappointed. My teasers this week are from Playing to Win by Jaci Burton and Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George. Happy reading!

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teasers! The book looks really good and I'll be putting it on my (ever growing) tbr list. I don't often come across books written about other cultures and I'm always curious about them!

Andrea King said...

Intriguing teasers...awesome pick! :D

Andrea K. @ Books and Bindings
Teaser Tuesdays

Tribute Books Mama said...

A captivating teaser.


Mei said...

I've been looking forward to this one!
Here's my Teaser Tuesday 3 Fun Redhead Books

Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver

Anonymous said...

I really really love the cover of Ink, :)) also, your teasers are great too :)

here’s mine

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