Monday, June 11, 2012

Mailbox Monday - June 11, 2012

The above mailbox is for my friend Jess.  I’ve heard tales told that she lives in Texas, so I know she’ll appreciate it.  After all, everything’s bigger in Texas, right?  Well, I don’t know about everything.  I mean, when you’ve got an entire state as concerned with owning big stuff (cars, houses, boats, football stadiums) as Texas is, you gotta wonder if there isn’t a little over-compensation going on.  The ladies will have to weigh in on that one, though, ‘cos I’m not exactly qualified to render an opinion.  But when it comes to mailboxes the Texans have the rest of the country beat.

With that being said, welcome to my Mailbox Monday post for June 11, 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.  Each month a new blogger hosts the meme, and this month it’s Burton Book Review

This week was pretty good for book acquisitions—well, according to my standards, anyway.  I’m not as inundated as some folks, but the review requests have been picking up lately, and I should have a lot more stuff to showcase in the future.  The only question is, when am I going to find the time to read (and review!) all of these damned things?  Hell if I know.  Such is the burden of the book blogger—too many books and too little time.  But enough of that same old song and dance.  We’ve got books to talk about!

--- The Books ---

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland – I mentioned this one before in my What’s on Tap post for June, but since I technically got it in the preceding week, I’m still counting it.  It’s my audiobook read for the month (I got it from the library), and it’s a retelling of the Canterbury Tales set in 1348 when the Black Death reached the shores of England.  So far it’s phenomenal—an unflinching look at life in the Middle Ages and an engaging story to boot.  Definitely not a warm, fuzzy read.  Maybe that’s why I like it so much.

Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer – Not only is Stephen Zimmer the mind behind Seventh Star Press, but he’s also a pretty damn good author.  Crown of Vengeance is the first of his Fires in Eden series of epic fantasy novels.  He just recently put out a the third book in the series, Spirit of Fire, and will be stopping my little ‘ole blog sometime in July to talk about the literary merits of Fantasy fiction.  That’s right, two nerds getting together to vindicate their nerdiness.  It should be epic.

The Priest by Monica La Porta – Monica e-mailed me out of the blue the other day and asked me if I would review her sci-fi/dystopian novel, The Priest.  It’s about a matriarchal-type society in which males held in bondage as slaves and breeding stock.  The married man in me wants to make a joke right about now—something like, “Doesn’t sound any different than being married to my wife!”  But I’ll refrain.  My wife reads this blog, after all.  I don’t want to get any whippings for speaking out of turn.

Now that I’ve shown you mine, it’s time to show me yours.  What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. Excellent picture I was lazy this week and went with last weeks picture again. That mailbox is big for sure I'd like to have one and have it filled with books all the time. And um bigger isn't always better.
    Did the monthly host change? I need to update and list mine over there then.

    Slaves and breeding stock you say? Hmmmmmm

    1. Yeah, the host that was originally supposed to do it bailed or something. That first week there was some big hubub about it, and someone else stepped in to host.

      And don't you go getting any ideas over there, missy!

  2. Funny, I looked at In the Company of Liars on audible yesterday. Didn't add it to my queue though so I'll watch for your review and maybe it will end up there.

    1. Great minds and all that, I guess. The book is going pretty good so far, if that makes your decisioin any easier.

  3. Company of Liars caught my eye a few days ago.
    Looking forward to reading how it is.

  4. A Texan myself, me thinks I have to get a picture of my Jumbo Mailbox. Just cuz.