Monday, May 7, 2012

Mailbox Monday - May 7, 2012



Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at Mailbox Monday.  Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Martha at Martha’s Bookshelf.  I used to do the In My Mailbox thing hosted on The Story Siren, but given the shitstorm that erupted last week, I and the rest of the hangers-on decided it was time to head for the escape pods.  Talk about rats fleeing a sinking ship.

But enough about that.  We’re talking books here—not plagiarizing hooligans. 

This week I got two books, and bummer of all bummers, I had to pay for both of them.  But rest easy, my friends.  I didn’t turn in my “cheap bastard” card at the last swap meet, and I didn’t pay retail for them.  They were on the bargain rack at Target—two books of classical literature that I didn’t have in my collection, and you know I had to have them.  Once an English major, always an English Major.  So for a buck a’piece, I snagged the following:

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux – Remember that review I did for The Mystery in the Yellow Room?  Sure you do.  I posted it like four hours ago.  Well the author of that one was also the mind behind The Phantom of the Opera, which I know everyone has heard of.  I have no clue when I’ll read this book, but like I said—I didn’t have it in my library, and it was only one dollar.  I couldn’t say no.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – Classic adventure stuff from Jules Verne.  Who hasn’t read Around the World in 80 Days?  Well, me for one.  But besides that, it’s one of those works that every library needs—if not to actually read, then so you can feel smarter about yourself for having one more literary classic on the shelf.  Luckily, both those reasons applied to me, which was why I got it.

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

29 comments:

  1. Phantom is one of my guilty pleasure readings, I've seen both the film and the musical but it is the book that I love most!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading it--whenever that might be. My to-read list is currently 100 books strong, so who knows when that'll be?

      Thanks for following. I'll make sure to return the favor.

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  2. I've never read The Phantom of the Opera. I guess I should! Great picks! Enjoy! New follower.

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    1. At least you can take comfort in the fact that you're not the only one!

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  3. So that's why there were so few entries in IMM and so many "usual suspects" were missing there. If I had read all the tabs I have open, I would have found out sooner.

    Around the World in 80 Days is good. Not my favourite Jules Verne book, but interesting.
    I should finish The Phantom of the Opera. It has been on my shelf for some time and I even started reading it... several years ago.

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    1. 'Eh, no biggie. On the plus side, less entries in the IMM meme means that it's easier to get people to follow the link to your blog. With 400 or 500 entries a week (as it was before the bomb went off), it was really easy to get lost in the crowd.

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  4. Ha! Welcome to the rescue meme :) And enjoy those classics!

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    1. Yep, that's me. Just a meme foundling drifting in the treacherous seas of the internet. I like the new home I've found, though. Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

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  5. For a dollar a piece they were total must buys. I've never read either myself, though I'm not so great at getting to the classics like I should. Did you see that doo dad I shared on your FB page? Oh and Overkill is free now just fyi but you probably got the secret handshake group memo deal already.

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    1. Oh, you mean the thing about Walter Mosley? Yes, and thank you! I'm sorry I didn't comment on it. I've been really busy of late and... well, I honestly just forgot. Sorry about that.

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    2. No problems just wanted to be sure I even shared something of interest. I'd hate to be all check this out and the person to be not interested lol

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  6. Both are awesome (slight edge to Verne, though).

    Nothing is in my mailbox this week except bills.

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    1. Oh, I got plenty of bills, too. There's more than enough of that to go around, I'm sure.

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  7. I so did not want to mention the shit storm which you seemed to be untouched by tho I worried for your own credibility. But it sort of sounded like gossip mongering on some blogs, and milking the incident for a bit more than it was worth. I didn't get involved. I fought that battle with too many kids and high school deans. It's an ethernet age and the rules have to constantly be monitored and updated. Not easy.

    Did I thank you for the Gutenberg thing?

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    1. Some of it gossip mongering, to be sure. If it was just one person saying that she plagiarized some stuff, I wouldn't have cared one bit. What sealed the deal for me, though, was how her story kept changing, so I just decided to skeedaddle. The whole reason I do this meme thing is to get my blog out there, and participation in In My Mailbox has absolutely tanked since the blowup, so picking another meme made sense in that regard.

      But as for my credibility being damaged, I don't think that was ever a possibility. I mean, you have to have credibility in the first place in order for it to be damaged right? Well, maybe I have some credibility... but my circle of readers is so narrow, it's not like it counts for that much. When/if I get thousands of loyal readers and publishers pounding down my door to have me read their books, then I might have something to worry about.

      And yes, you did thank me. You're most welcome. :)

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  8. I read Phantom of the Opera last year, and this is one of those rare instances where I like the film (2004) better than the book. I'm very curious to read what you think, though!

    Regarding Jules Verne... I've never read anything by him (*ahem*). I really need to get around to it, but he's been buried about 20,000 leagues under the massive, roiling, out-of-control creature that is my to-read list-- 1,135 books long last count. Who knows, though. If you enjoy Around the World in 80 Days he might shoot up my list :)

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    1. Y'know, I've actually never seen movie or play version of The Phantom of the Opera. I won't have anything to compare it to, but you know I won't hold anything back when the time comes to write the review. Thanks for stopping by, MB!

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