Monday, June 18, 2012

Mailbox Monday - June 18, 2012



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.

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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, New York City 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.

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?

15 comments:

  1. Wow! You got quite a haul this week. The Lost Ones looks very promising. I'm in full summer reading mode and my mailbox supports that. I've been getting lots of mystery/thriller stuff including Blood Line by James Rollins and The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott. I also broke down and bought The 500 by Matthew Quirk. It seems like all the cool kids are reading it this summer, so I had to see what all the fuss was about.

    -Ethan
    http://e135-abookaweek.blogspot.com/

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    1. You're right, E, all the cool kids are reading The 500. Guess that means I'm not cool. Anyway, looks like you've got a rockin' reading list for the summer. Enjoy!

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  2. Finding Time look interesting. I wonder what she just said to him :-)

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    1. I dunno, something like, "Move and I'll slit your effing throat," or something like that? Leastwiae, that's probably what I'd say... so, probably not what shw.said.at all. ;)

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  3. I'm glad you like my pic this week. Will have to come up with something for next week and look at you all in the zone nice books. I totally hear you on the books I can't say no either and still don't have the time. Why, why do I do this to myself? The Testament of Jessie Lamb sounds interesting I love apocalyptic dystopian fiction YA or otherwise though YA tends to be hit and miss for me. Some are excellent such as Ashfall brilliant and scary should be classified as horror really but very well done others I've read because of so much hype on the net from other book bloggers about it and all I wanted to do while reading and after was give my brain paper cuts. Could not understand the appeal.

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    1. Rarely do I ever find that a book lives up to its hype when it reaches mainstream stardom. Most of the time it, after being beaten over the head with the book dor a few years, I finally break down and read it only to be seriously underwhelmed. So far the one exception to the rule is Cormac McCarthy's The Road. That one surpassed the hype.

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    2. Oh yes I loved The Road. So sad and so brilliant

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  4. Funny mailbox picture! I had never noticed until now but you're right. When I was a kid, fantasy, paranormal, etc were nerdy and geeky. Now everyone is reading that.
    Hell run as a corporation sounds good. I'm imagining demons in suits now.

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    1. I know, right? It used to mean something when you read sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal-whatever back in the day. You had to wear your geek-badge proudly. It was broadcasted loud and clear in that Boris Valejo-esque cover on the front of your book. Now they have million girl riots over a movie about teenage vampires. I mean, come on!

      And I firmly believe that Satan himself devised the men's dress necktie. They're a torture instrument if there ever was one. So yeah, demons in suits? Not hard to imagine.

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  5. I got the same thing I got in my mailbox last week and every week since about October: Nothing. On the one hand, it's sad that I can't partake in your excitement over new books but on the other hand, my TBR is never out of hand.

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    1. It's a curse, really. I no longer have the guilt over buying books I don't have time to read. I just have guilt over accepting review requests for books I don't have time to read. I Got rid of one master and picked up another.

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  6. Lucky you!! My mailbox consists of.... nothing.
    Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get in on one of your giveaways if I pay the Canadian postage! ;)
    Sarah

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    1. If there's ever a giveaway in which I'm footing the bill for postage, I'll promise to make an allowance in the budget for you folks north of the border. :)

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