Monday, June 25, 2012

Mailbox Monday - June 25, 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 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?

15 comments:

  1. These sound really interesting, love the idea of a vintage crime novel revival. I'll let my writing group know about Rasputin's Bastards, I'm the only aspiring author among us that hasn't dabbled in horror. I fear I'm slowly going over to the dark side, but I still always ahve them test the waters out first...

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    1. Vintage crime is making a comeback, yessir! At least, it will if I have anything to say about it. And do let your group know about Rasputin's bastards. ChiZine will thank you for it. ;)

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  2. You always get lots of cool books! This week I got The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow. Its a prequel to his fantastic novel, Savages, which has been made into a movie by Oliver Stone. I'm really looking forward to it.

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

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    1. Get lots of cool books? Yes. Read lots of cool books? Hmm. The jury is still out on that one. I get way nore books than I can possibly read, but it's all good. Gives me something to crow about on the blog.

      And Lord almighty, Savages looks awesome. I can only imagine what Kings of Cool will be like. You'll be sure to tell us all about it, right?

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  3. Historical horror sci fi ? Seriously, that would turn me off but for some bizarre reason, Rasputin fascinates me. Go figure. Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Different strokes for different folks I guess. :)

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  4. You might like a couple of thrillers that I got in the mail!

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    1. I'm on my way to check it out right now!

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  5. I just got a Kathleen Woodiwiss The (something) and the Dove from Alibris. I love their "very good" condition label. It usually means unread and forgotten. Someone blogged about how she was the first to write hot love scenes and I remember reading "Shanna" many years ago. This is the first of three I ordered. Research, you know. I love Alibris.

    Thank you for the blog back up instructions. I am going to get to that any minute.

    P.S. I referred to you on "Cafe' Mom's" as a famous blogger in case you get an unreasonable spike in views.

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    1. Sounds like you're in for some fun research. Enjoy!

      Oh, and your sense of hypeebole is much appreciated. Famous blogger I ain't, but I'll take the compliment anyhow. :)

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  6. :) Chizine I'm kinda obsessed stalkerish with now lol poor them. Their books sound so amazing not to mention the covers omg fantastic stuff. I look forward to seeing David on the blog. He's really great to interview. Interesting pic you've chosen for this week.

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    1. Yeah, ChiZine is a pretty put-together outfit. I'm excited to work with them.

      And thanks. I though I'd try something different this time around. But then again, I guess that's what I do every week.

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  7. Rasputin’s Bastards reminds me that it's been a while since I read any horror novels. It sounds like comic book bad guys but much better. I'm looking forward to reading your review of this book.

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