Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Intros and Teasers - Barker's 'The Incarnations'

The IncarnationsTuesday again and another amazing book! Once again I've managed to pick a read that is China-based but I can't help it that so many great books are being written about its history at the moment. And to be fair, with the kind of mythology and history that all of Asia has to offer I am always surprised that there isn't more literature about them in the West.
Hailed as “China’s Midnight’s Children” (The Independent) this “brilliant, mind-expanding, and wildly original novel” (Chris Cleave) about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.
Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you.
So begins the first letter that falls into Wang’s lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi. The letters that follow are filled with the stories of Wang’s previous lives—from escaping a marriage to a spirit bride, to being a slave on the run from Genghis Khan, to living as a fisherman during the Opium Wars, and being a teenager on the Red Guard during the cultural revolution—bound to his mysterious “soulmate,” spanning one thousand years of betrayal and intrigue.
As the letters continue to appear seemingly out of thin air, Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him—someone who claims to have known him for over one thousand years. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher growing closer and closer…
Seamlessly weaving Chinese folklore, history, and literary classics, The Incarnations is a taut and gripping novel that sheds light on the cyclical nature of history as it hints that the past is never truly settled.
Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Intro:
'Every night I wake from dreaming. Memory squeezing the trigger of my heart and blood surging through my veins.The dreams go into a journal. Cold swear on my skin, adrenaline in my blood, I illuminate my cement room with the 40 watt bulb hanging overhead and, huddled under blankets, flip open my notebook and spill ink across the feint-ruled page. Capturing the ephemera of dreams, before they fade from memory.' 1%
Any beginning to a book that uses the word 'ephemera' has my interest. I am, somehow, reading a lot of first-person narrative novels although I have often said I dislike it. But I guess my choosing skills are improving since I have enjoyed almost all of them.
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Teaser:
'"Do you think we'd be friends, if we hadn't met in hospital?" Zeng asked, "Why would someone like you, who goes to Beijing University, be friends with someone like me?"' 42%
I looked ahead in the book for this one and couldn't help but read on afterwards and oh God are there exciting things waiting for me! But let's get back to this teaser. I'm a sucker for characters meeting in interesting places because it always hints at interesting background stories and potentially hilarious adventures. I have a feeling this read isn't exactly hilarious though, but I am definitely excited to read more of it!

Does The Incarnations sound like your kind of book? Or have you already read it? Leave a link to your post in the comments below!

19 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book I'd read tho I don't normally read fantasy. But the history and the suspense are calling to me.

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    1. I think it's definitely a mix between history and fantasy with plenty of suspense! Or at least that's what I'm expecting from it ;) Thanks for commenting! :)

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  2. I have this one too! Sounds great; I'll have to move it up on my list.

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    1. I'm enjoying it so far, I hope you do too once you get to it! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  3. This one sounds interesting. I'd give it a try.
    I've never read any of these, but at least five of them are on my list. I'd forgotten all about 'Back Channel'.
    Today I'm featuring Orphan #8

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    1. I also thought it was interesting which is what drew me to it and I'm very happy so far! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  4. I do think this one sounds interesting. The idea of the letters appearing and telling of his previous lives. Yes, I'd definitely keep reading.

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    1. The whole letters thing is very mysterious but oh so enticing! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  5. I like the previous stories I have read that were set in China. This one sounds pretty intense. I'd would give it a try.

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    1. China offers such a fascinating history and culture that the books can't help but be exciting! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  6. Sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy this story. My teaser this week comes from the urban fantasy Magic Lost Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin. Happy reading!

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    1. I really need to read more urban fantasy because I always enjoy it whenever it falls in my lap! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  7. This does sound really good! I featured a book today set in China as well, although it is an older book--one I read years ago and loved. Anyway, I like the intro and teaser you shared very much, as well as the blurb. I'm adding this one to my wish list.

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    1. Ooh I'll pop over right now to check yours out! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  8. Definitely sounds like it would hold my interest. Here's Mine

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  9. I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds great!

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  10. Very well written plus intriguing plot. . I'd like to read it.















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  11. I really love the depth of the beginning!

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  12. I like that intro and have this on my wish list Juli. Enjoy sounds great

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