Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox - April 15, 2012



“In My Mailbox” is a weekly event hosted by Kristie at The Story Siren through which bloggers can showcase all the books they’ve received/purchased/absconded with.  

This week I received three books, though two of those were e-galleys from NetGalley.  I missed out on almost all the books I selected on my last NetGalley binge (the publishers yanked them from distribution before I downloaded them), so this time I tried to keep it pretty light.  I had only intended to get one title, but I ran across an additional book I just couldn’t pass up, so my willpower caved.  There’s more to the story than that, but I guess the best way to tell it will be to get into the books already—so here we go.

NetGalley Books I Received

Something Red by Douglas Nicholas – One of my goals with this blog is to get an excerpt from one of my reviews on a dust jacket.  In furtherance of that goal, I’ve decided to try to review more eARCs with long lead times to publication.  The first one I chose for this purpose was Something Red by Douglas Nicholas.  It’s a historical fiction/horror mashup set in 13th century England.  In short, it sounds like something that’s 100% my bag.  I’ve already been in touch with the publisher about this one as well, and there’s an author interview in the works.  So, yippee!

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg – I have wanted to read this book for at least three years, but until recently I've never been able to find it.  So when I saw it on NetGalley the other day, my jaw almost hit the floor.  It was like a present from heaven, all wrapped up and plastered with bows that say, “Free Book!”  Falling Angel was originally published in 1978 and involves a private investigator who is hired to find a famous singer who’s been missing since the 50s.  The investigation takes some disturbing turns, and ends up in paranormal territory after it’s all said and done with.  Open Road Media is re-releasing it this year, and I’m chomping at the bit to read this one.

Physical ARCs I Received

A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming – Goodreads provided this book to me as part of its First Reads program.  It’s a spy thriller, but I don’t know any more about it than that.  Funny story, though?  I received another book by Cumming called The Trinity Six.  I didn’t like that one especially well, but I’m willing to give the author another shot.  Not sure when I’ll get around to reading the book, but as I’ve said before, it’s literally impossible for me to turn down free books.


So now that I’ve shown you mine, its time to show me yours.  What was in your mailbox this week?


12 comments:

  1. I liked The Trinity Six (http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=1301), I had no idea Cumming wrote another book.

    I'm looking forward to read your thoughts on it.

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    1. I think you mentioned that you'd read that one before. I don't know exactly why I didn't like it that much--maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning?

      Anyway, if you want me to, I could use A Foreign Country as fodder for another guest post on your blog. You just let me know when the time comes.

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  2. That's a good goal. Good luck with it! I can't never get just one title when I visit NetGalley either. There are many books that look great there.

    I had heard of Cumming, but have never read anything by him, although I've been wanting to read his spy thriller set in Madrid for some time.

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    1. Thanks, Hellen. It's a lofty goal, I know, but if you're gonna have a dream, why not dream big?

      And yes, Netgalley is certifiable crack. But I'll see if I can give you a good rundown of this new one by Cumming. Here's hoping it's a good one!

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  3. I love your ambition to get your review excerpt in a dust jacket! That would be amazing. Something Red looks fantastic- my kind of book too I think! I will look out for your author interview!

    And yes, I have had to block Netgalley and Edelweiss from my computer because I can't resist a good looking free book...which I then feel terrible about when I have no time to review it. Physical copies are even harder..I'm not sure I could do it. x

    My IMM: http://www.pocketfulofbooks.com/2012/04/in-my-mailbox_15.html

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    1. Thank you, ma'am. It's a long shot, but you never know what'll happen. I got the idea from another blog. Can't remember which one it was, but the lady who ran it was understandably bat-shit crazy over it.

      Physical books are the hardest for me to turn down. I have this thing about trying to build up a library--you know, so people can walk into my house and immediately understand how smart I am.

      I'm kidding, of course. But only partially, if I'm being honest.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by! I reblogged your latest post. What's your next review going to be? http://www.trevorkidd.com/2012/04/i-read-book-once-in-my-mailbox-april-15.html

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    1. Thank you so much, Trevor. I really enjoyed your review of Typee. The classics need to be read and enjoyed more often!

      My next review will either be of a thriller called The Deadfall Project or a historical fiction spy novel by Alan Furst, The Foreign Correspondent. It all depends on when I get back the responses to an interview I'm doing with the author of the former book.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my IMM :) Great week for you. All of them are new to me

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    1. And thanks to you for stopping by mine. Yeah, I've had weeks where I certainly got more books, but never where I got a book that I'd been wanting as long as Falling Angel. Plus, I have way too many books to read right now anyway. I don't need to be getting a jackton. Thanks again for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing more from you.

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  6. Wow! Falling Angel sounds totally awesome! I'll have to head over to Netgalley and snag a copy. Thanks for sharing your great mailbox loot! My IMM Post

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    1. I'm glad I could inspire a new acquisition, then! Thanks for reading, and for the follow. I'll be dropping by your blog posthaste!

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