Monday, July 9, 2012

Mailbox Monday - July 9, 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 Mrs. Q. Book Addict.

As some of you might have noticed, I skipped last week’s Mailbox Monday.  Hell, I skipped about a week and a half of posts at the same time.  That was because the family and I were soaking up fun and sun (105 degree temperature sun, no less) at the family lake house.  And then we trucked up to southern Ohio (a 9 hour drive) to attend my best friend’s wedding—a totally bitching time, but ho-boy was that road trip a bastard.  More on that some other time.  Maybe.  Suffice to say there was little time for blogging.  Now I’m back and raring to go, so lets kick it off with this bookish peep show we call Mailbox Monday.

--- The Books ---

Splattered Blood by Michael A. Draper – My blogger friend Mike Draper came out with his very first novel a few months ago, and I’m honored to have received an ebook copy of the novel.  The basic premise?  A financial planner for police officers gets sucked into a sinister murder investigation.  It’s a plot Mike is ideally suited for—he did that very thing for a living for decades (financial planning for police officers, not sinister murder investigations).  I’m excited to see what he’s come up with.

A Cup Full of Midnight by Jaden Terrell – Hats off to Librarything and their Early Reviewers program for yet another wonderful review copy.  The story centers around private detective Jared McKean whose life is basically shit.  His wife has divorced him, his best friend is dying of AIDS, and, to make matters worse, a goth/vampire/goober acquaintance of his son’s has just been found dead.  And guess who is suspect numero uno?  But that’s what we expect from a good P.I. novel, isn’t it?  To paraphrase a friend of a friend, part of the point of these things is to put your character up in a tree and throw rotten fruit at him.  Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?

The Son of Rage and Love by Thomas Raymond – It all started with a book review by my long-distance buddy Ryan St.Onge.  He read The Son of Rage and Love, a YA tale about the adolescent cocktail of prescription drugs, parental apathy, and well-to-do stagnancy that is quickly becoming more and more prevalent these days, and reviewed it.  As always, the review schnockered me with itsbrilliance.  I said so in a comment, and the author hit me up with a review request.  Since anything that Ryan recommends is going to be pretty damn good, I gave Thomas a big “hell yeah” and told him to send that puppy on.  So glad I did.

Gyges the Terrible by Adam Wasserman – Remember that dystopian dark comedy I reviewed a few weeks back, Thank You for Your Cooperation?  There was the author interview with Adam, the giveaway, all that jazz?  Coming back to you now?  Well, after enjoying that book so much I shamelessly begged Adam for the chance to read more of his work, and he graced me with a copy of Gyges the Terrible, a much more serious dystopian novel than the last one.  That’s O.K., though.  I can do the whole “serious books are serious” thing—and I’m sure Adam can, too, which is why I’m pumped to get into this bad boy.


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

22 comments:

  1. You have been gone so long I was going through Jomathan withdrawals and I hear you have Stephen on today or is it tomorrow. Idk anyway welcome back and looks like some great books. That's quite the Male Box shiny and everything.

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    1. And we wouldn't want you to get the shakes or anything, would we? :)

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  2. Oh man. After such plaudits I hope that book lives up to my acclaim.

    Welcome back. Sounds like you had a good break.

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    1. Yup, and if it doesn't, I'm gonna blame you!

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