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 an all-ebook haul, but don’t let that fool you. It’s still high-quality fare from a couple of new publishers—well, new to me, anyway. And since I’m now in cahoots with “the man” (just about every publishing rep I’ve talked to thus far has been female, but whatever), that means interviews and giveaways are on the horizon. I’m also contemplating a new monthly series, though so far that’s all it is—contemplating. Real life has been pounding me mercilessly the past few days, and I’ve had little time for books or blogging.
But enough of that. Let’s talk about books, man.
--- The Books ---
Killers Are My Meat by Stephen Marlowe – Stephen Marlowe was an author of hardboiled mysteries and science fiction who wrote primarily during the 50s and 60s. I would never have even heard of him if it wasn’t for an ebook publisher called Mysterious Press. They’re in cahoots with Open Road Media (which is another name in the publishing biz that everyone should know), and they specialize in republishing ebook versions of a lot of classic crime authors—authors such as Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Joseph Wambaugh, James Ellroy, and even (the man) Donald E. Westlake. I’m excited to read this one for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that vintage crime stories are my bread and butter. We’ll also be sharing the love in the form of a giveaway that will coincide with my review.
Rasputin’s Bastards by David Nickle – Once again, I’ve got Jess to thank for this little Gem. It’s historical horror/sci-fi (if you consider the 1990s a viable historical setting) about psychics created or cultivated by the Soviets during the Cold War. With the fall of the Soviet Union, they’ve become masterless and are hatching a plan for world domination or something similarly sinister. Thanks to Jess and the good people at ChiZine Publications, I’m also participating in the Rasputin’s Bastards blog tour. David Nickle will be stopping by tomorrow to talk about why Historical Horror is so popular and so effective at scaring the daylights out of us.
And now that I’ve showed you mine, it’s time to show me yours. What did you get in your mailbox this week?