Yup, it’s that time again—time for this week’s installment of Mailbox Monday. 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.
Boy-oh-boy, I got a crap ton of books for review this week. It feels like things are kind of blowing up around here. And while that only means my work load is getting heavier and heavier, it’s still fun as hell to find those packages in the mailbox every day. Never mind the fact that I don’t have time to read ‘em all. I just can’t turn down a free book. But you all don’t care about that, do you? You want to hear about some books. Well then—let’s get it on.
--- The Books ---
Breaking the Devil’s Heart by H.A. Goodman – The cool kids all seem to be reading books about angels and demons these days. I think they call it “paranormal.” Back when I was a kid playing Diablo and kicking the devil’s ass with my mad hack-n-slash skills, they just called it nerdy. Ah, how the times have changed. But H.A. Goodman has taken what could be an overdone genre and given it a unique twist. In his Logic of Demons series, hell is run as a corporation, and the afterlife is a collection of board rooms, stock exchanges, and cube farms. It promises to be a great read—and would you just look at that cover? Amazing.
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers – Who doesn’t love a little apocalyptic YA fiction? Well, my wife for one. Anything having to do with the end of the world makes her all twitterpated (to quote Thumper). As for veteran British author Jane Rogers, her newest book features an apocalyptic scenario involving a virus that kills pregnant women. It’s a little reminiscent of Children of Men, but we can overlook that. Many thanks to Zohar at Man of la Book and the publisher, HarperCollins, for the giveaway that landed me this book.
The Nervous System by Nathan Larson – I haven’t read the first book in this series, The Dewey Decimal System, but from what I know, the series sounds phenomenal. It’s post-apocalyptic-lite meets detective story. After a flu pandemic and large-scale terrorist attacks,
is the shadow of its former self. An OCD
veteran, nick-named “Dewey Decimal,” has taken up residence in the New York
Public Library. While obsessively
reorganizing the massive stacks of books, Dewey also moonlights as one of the
corrupt D.A.’s strongmen. The utterly
awesome folks at Akashic Books
hooked me up with this gem, and they’ve even promised an interview and giveaway
when I get around to my review. Needless
to say, I’m excited. New York City
The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins – Second in the Quinn Colson series, The Lost Ones tells the tale of Quinn Colson (duh), an ex-Army Ranger whose gone back home to small-town Mississippi to take a bite out of crime as county sheriff. This thing seems tailor made for me. First off, it’s a crime story—and you know me, I can’t resist a good whodunit. Secondly, it’s set in the deep south where I was born and raised. Thirdly, it involves (at least tangentially) meth-runners, and I used to live next to a meth house. Score! I’m pumped to read this one, but I’m even more pumped that Zohar at Man of la Book thought enough of me to sent me this review copy my way. His only stipulation? That once I read it I send it on to someone else who will enjoy it. Hmm. Do I smell a giveaway in the air?
Marina in a Green Dress by Alan Davidson – Fresh from Straw Hat Publishers, Marina in a Green Dress is the tale of Jessica Tye, a young woman new to London and obsessed with the West End stage musical Marina. She’s also got a crushy-poo on the lead actor, a boy named Kennedy Orr. She writes a letter to him as an emotional outpouring of her affection, never intending to truly post it, but her boyfriend sticks it in the mail anyway to “teacher her a lesson.” The joke’s on him, though, because Orr answers the letter, and what starts off as a girl’s dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare. They call this one “YA,” and most of you know how I feel about that, but given the premise, I gotta say I’m pretty intrigued.
Finding Time by Steve Poling – Steve Poling’s Finding Time anthology of time travel-themed short fiction looks pretty darn promising. It’s yet to be published officially, but I’m special, so I already got me a nice spiffy copy on my kindle. I’m always up for giving a new indie author a shot, and we’ll soon see what Steve has to offer. More details on the book can be found here.
And now that I’ve shown you mine, it’s time to show me yours. What did you get in your mailbox this week?