Teaser Tuesdays – January 6, 2015

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

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

My TT this week is from Fantômas which is the January group read at the French Literature group. I was surprised to discover that this is the first of a forty-three book series. (Eleven of these were written only by Marcel Allain after the death of his collaborator, Pierre Souvestre.) Although I’m reading an English translation, the original French cover is shown below.

Fantômas
by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

fantomas

That he is a living person is certain and undeniable, yet he is impossible to catch or to identify. He is nowhere and everywhere at once, his shadow hovers above the strangest mysteries, and his traces are found near the most inexplicable crimes, and yet—-

The Village Voice wrote: “As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantômas is not a puzzle but an intoxicant.” More on the Fantômas phenomenon can be found at this site. fantomascover2

An English translation by Cranstoun Metcalfe is available free as an ebook and an audio book.

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What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us?

Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

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37 comments on “Teaser Tuesdays – January 6, 2015

  1. P.D. Workman says:

    Sounds intriguing! And a long series.

    Happy New Year! I have a quote from a Grisham legal thriller this week:

    http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-the-litigators-teasertuesday-grisham-books/

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  2. Dagny says:

    Thanks for coming by. I’m going to check yours out. I’ve gotten interested in legal thrillers since reading Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer.

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  3. Sonia Lal says:

    Such a long series! That actually sounds like a description of a super hero.

    Mine: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/teaser-tuesday-the-ghost-bride/

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    • Dagny says:

      I know. I had only vaguely heard of Fantômas at all. Couldn’t believe it when I saw how many books there were. That poor copper – I wonder if he’ll catch him in the last one. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Oh that opening sounds like quite a riddle, what a great teaser! Thanks for visiting my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/teaser-tuesday-january-6/

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  5. I can’t imagine reading all 43 books! But your Teaser is definitely intriguing. I’m also curious about how writing styles have changed since this book was written. That would make reading it worthwhile, even if nothing else did!
    My Tuesday post features LEARNIN’ THE ROPES.

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    • Dagny says:

      I can’t imagine reading all 43 either, Sandra. I don’t even know if they’ve all be translated into English and even if so, I suspect they’d be difficult to find unless lucky enough to get a complete set. This translation was published in 1915, but it reads quite modern – or maybe I’m just so used to reading 19th Century book that it seems that way to me, lol. You can grab the free public domain one to check it out.

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  6. Creepy!! But what’s even more scary is a 43 part series!! (Not a series girl) But great teaser! Thanks for coming by mine today!
    http://mydogearedpurpose.com/2015/01/06/teaser-tuesday-january-6th-happy-new-year/

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    • Dagny says:

      I am a series person, but not this many, lol Although a couple of mine are in the 20s now. Perhaps the Nicky of your book this week has read them all, but forgot! Thank for coming by to comment and leave your link for everyone.

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  7. Denise says:

    Oh, that sounds good! And a French Literature group sounds like fun! Happy reading to you!

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Denise. Everyone is welcome at the French Literature group. The discussion is in English. I read in translation, a few read in French, but post in English. We have a different book each month.

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  8. Laura Thomas says:

    Whoa. Forty Three Books in the series. That’s a lot to follow. I enjoy a series but 5 or 6 books in it is enough for me. More than that and I move on unless they can be read as stand alones.

    My TT from AWOL – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/01/06/teaser-tuesdays-94-awol/

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    • Dagny says:

      I’ve gotten into a few series with high numbers, but only a few in the 20s and none in the 30s. I like the series where the characters age with time as the books progress. I wonder if Fantômas is like Nero Wolfe and a couple of others who remain static in time. Otherwise, he’d be a doddering old man by the end, lol.

      Thanks for leaving your TT to AWOL. It sounds very unusual, fascinatingly so.

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  9. I am definitely drawn to the idea of such a person….thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  10. – And yet!? Do tell!

    – Forty-three book series!? Wow! Thanks for sharing the links to the free ebooks 🙂

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    • Dagny says:

      I know. I can’t image that all of them are currently available in English translations. At least everyone can get a taste of what the writing is like. I’m enjoying the reader too, a good voice.

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  11. These sound so intriguing! Definitely something I need to check out. Thanks for the teaser, and for the blog visit too.

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  12. Deasy says:

    a classic! what a great book to start the year 🙂
    hope you’ll enjoy it and have a great week.

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  13. macyavenue says:

    Woah. I love series, but 43 books? Haha. I’ll try to read the first, though!

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    • Dagny says:

      I was just looking at Project Gutenberg to see which others they had translations of. There are at least a couple more, maybe three or four. I am enjoying this one enough to go on to read what they have. The second one sounds especially interesting from the title: The Exploits of Juve. Juve is the detective who has sworn to capture Fantômas.

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  14. Nice teaser! I like the idea of a big series of books – would certainly keep you busy!

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  15. Oh my! A 43 part series? Never knew that there was one that went that long. Great teaser.

    Happy reading

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    • Dagny says:

      Fortunately, for most of the books, there were two collaborators. I read a bit about their method of alternating chapters and pulling it all together at the end.

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  16. Leslie says:

    Great teaser! Sometimes long series are fun.. although, that’s a long one!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes- It was a very interesting book. It’s also part of a series. Love that you are using your library. (I work at one:))

    Sorry this is a few days late, I had some computer difficulties!

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  17. Shaina says:

    Oh my, this sounds really fascinating. Are you enjoying it so far?

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