Thursday Tea: April 16

Thursday Tea I really should just set these up the day before, but I’m terminally lazy. Er.

Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The tea: I ended up drinking the last of my Chai Spice tea sampler from Stash Tea. SO GOOD. I’m gonna stock up on more as soon as I get a coupon. Here’s a refresher if you missed last week’s TT:

Chai Spice

For our interpretation of this classic Indian drink, we blend rich, flavorful Indian black teas and cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom. The brewed tea is very aromatic with a flavor that is slightly sweet, strong and penetrating, with rich, full bodied lingering flavor notes. This tea is very pleasant plain, or with milk (regular or evaporated) and sugar added. It is exceptional any time of day, as a rich morning cup, enjoyable dessert tea or as a special taste treat.

NOM NOM NOM. So yeah, Stash’s Chai Spice is highly recommended!

The book: I’ve been reading Randall Garrett’s Lord Darcy collection since Saturday (or somewhere there abouts). It’s the longest I’ve ever spent on a book since I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell two years ago, but as it’s ALL the short stories plus a full-length novel, I feel justified on the time spent. It’s really good, though, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy/alternate history/mystery books.

Here’s a summary for those who want more info:

Welcome to a world . . . where Richard the Lion-Hearted did not die in the year 1199, but went on to found the mightiest and most stable empire in history . . . where the laws of Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP) have been codified, but those of physics remain unsuspected … where magic is a science, and science is an art.

Lord Darcy Meet the greatest detective of all time, Lord Darcy, Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, and his assistant, Master Sorcerer Scan O’Lochlainn. In a world where crime and the occult walk hand in hand, a world of murder and magic, they combine occult skills and uncanny powers of deduction to bring criminals to the King’s Justice and thwart those who plot against the Realm.

It’s urban fantasy by gaslight in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence, and no matter whether murder is committed by magic most foul or by more mundane means, crime still does not pay—as long as Lord Darcy is on the case.

Do they go together? At this point I think anything I read would go with the Chai Spice tea. It’s too delicious to ever offend my preference for matching drinks and books!

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Tea: April 16”

  1. i really need to get into the tea habit–it seems to go so well with reading. in my 34 years i haven’t developed a taste for coffee or tea–i prefer cold tea or water. 🙂 i like your idea, though–very clever, and i saw it featured on another blog.

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