Monday, May 14, 2012

Mailbox Monday - May 14, 2012



Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at Mailbox Monday in which bloggers can ramble on about the books they received/bought/stole over a given week.  It’s also an excuse for me to post objectionable pictures that have nothing else to do with the content of my blog (see above for item 1 of State's Evidence).  Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Martha at Martha’sBookshelf.  Pop on over and check out the fun if you get a chance.

As for me, I’m out of the country for three weeks and still manage to sock away the books.  Well, not me, exactly.  My wife, to be precise.  She had to field the deliveries in my stead.  But even though I haven’t been able to touch them with my grubby mitts, I’m still counting them.  I gotta have something to post about, right? 

This week I got two physical ARCs from the Librarything Early Reviewers program.  I love those people.  I should bake them a cake… or have my wife bake them a cake.  Same difference, right?  Whatever.  She bakes way better than I do anyway.  Never mind all that, though.  We’ve got books to talk about.

Viva La Madness by J.J. Connolly – J.J. Connolly’s previous book, Layer Cake, has the dubious honor of being one of the most shoplifted books in UK history.  It makes a certain kind of sense, given that the book is called a “London gangster story.”  Kind of apropos timing, really.  Of course, I haven’t read the prior book, but I get the feeling that it’ll be something like the Guy Richie film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.  At least, I’m hoping it is.  ‘Cos that movie in book form would rock my face off.

Long Island Noir edited by Kaylie Jones – Akashic Press has been publishing its Akashic Noir series for a while now.  The basic idea is that they collect a series of noir stories by authors from one specific area and bundle them together as a short story collection.  Years ago I read their Brooklyn Noir compilation, and I remember feeling “meh” about the whole experience.  The main problem?  Most of the stories weren’t noir.  Here’s hoping they’ve figured out a little more about the genre this time around.

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


26 comments:

  1. Nice mailbox and that pic of the mailbox, I so have to steal that for mine next week

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    1. I do what I can, mad'am. You can swipe it with impunity.

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  2. Did you see Layer Cake the movie? Not bad. Very, very British if you know what I mean.

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    1. No, never have. Maybe I'll have to do that to prep for the read.

      And yes, I know what you mean. :)

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  3. I love the phrase "dubious honor" and intend to use it at least once in a sentence today.

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    1. Don't give me too much credit. I swiped that from somewhere... can't remember where, but I've heard it lots of places. I'm happy to have been of service, though--however indirectly.

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  4. I always hear about librarything, but still don't know what it is. Time to google it! These book sound interesting. Especially the first one. If it's being shoplifted it must be good right?

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    1. Librarything is like Goodreads, but better. Well, it depends on what you're looking to get out of it, but I happen to like it better than Goodreads. It's geared toward people who want to create an online catalog of their libraries. Therefore it's much more customizeable than Goodreads, but Goodreads is more friendly toward social media type interactions.

      I've actually been meaning to do a Librarything vs. Goodreads post for some time. Maybe now it'll be sooner rather than later?

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  5. Funny mailbox picture and nice books. Layer Cake is one of the movies I want to watch someday but I didn't know there was a book.
    Happy reading!

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  6. Thanks, Hellen! Yeah, Layer Cake looks like a pretty cool movie. I'm excited to dig it up and check it out.

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