Lori's Book Nook

A surprise in the mail

Posted on: September 12, 2006

In yesterday’s mail, I received a copy of Penguin’s new book Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love Story by John Shors.

“Why you?” I hear you ask. Why am I entitled to free books in the post? ‘Tis not special priviledge, I am merely a member of BzzAgent.com and was involved in what they call a ‘bzzblast’ this summer for Penguin books — I, and countless others, read excerpts of a few upcoming books, and commented on them. Now, some of those books were silly, not my style at all, and imminently forgettable. Isn’t that how it always is with books?

But, one book appealed to me, or at least its first chapter. Set in 17th Century Hindustan:

…where the reigning emperor, consumed with grief over the tragic death of his beloved wife, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum as a testament to the marvel of their love. [from the back cover description]

Lovely prose, without being over-written (in that ‘trying hard to get a Booker Prize nomination so use lots of adjectives’ way). I’m looking forward to reading this one.

So, thank you very much for the book, BzzAgent Jono. Did I get the one I liked by choice or accident? Either way, a lovely surprise!

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