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 Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums.
--- The Books ---
A Spoonful of Sugar by Brenda Ashford - Who doesn’t know that lyric from Mary Poppins, “a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down”? Of course, there are certain types of medicine that can’t be helped by a spoonful of sugar… like the medicine the federal government needs in order to get its head out of its head. At any rate, it’s an appropriate title for this book, a memoir from an English nanny who nursed babies and changed diapers during the Blitz of World War II. In this novel the author tells the story of her life and drops pearls of wisdom gleaned from years of raising other people’s children. Amanda Amaya has taken on this book as part of the blog tour being put on by Providence Book Promotions.
The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson - Three young women are obsessed with games of all kinds, devoting themselves to both the academic study of play and the design of games based on the secret history of the neighborhood around
. When live-action
role-playing based on classic Greek tragedy is introduced, the games get
dangerous. I myself have never LARPed
(Live Action Role Play), but I’ve played just about every other kind of role
playing game out there (don’t let your mind run away with you there, kay?), and
it sounds interesting as hell. Evidently
Columbia University Ryan St.
Onge thought so too, ‘cos he’s taken it on for review as part of the blog tour
with TLC Book Tours. Expect to hear more sometime in May.
Lost and Found in Russia by Olga Godim – Congratulations of the most verbose order are to our own Olga Godim, who has recently had her first published novel. It’s through Eternal Press and is about a mother who learns her daughter was switched at birth thirty-four years ago and travels to
her. That lost daughter is dealing with
her own rebellious daughter, and once through the events of the novel both
women search to find their daughters and themselves. Of course, we’ll still maintain the utmost
critical integrity in our review of the work, but it’s too cool that one of our
own got her name up in lines. And
really—if you get your book published, you deserve a little love. Go Olga!
The Jeweler by Kenneth S. Murray– Cole Hanson, an emerald dealer in
, is kidnapped
and taken to the mountain jungle lair of the Black Jaguar, a cocaine drug lord.
He witnesses a horrible triple murder, executes the killer, and escapes. Hanson is later recruited to become an
assassin for the CIA who learns of his strange predilection for death and uses
this alter ego to press The Jeweler ever deeper into espionage and
assassinations around the world. After twenty years of service, The Jeweler
attempts his toughest sanction—an assassination of an impossible target known
as “Hussein.” On April 10, the author
will be stopping by for a guest post to talk about his new novel and the real
life personalities that inspired it. Columbia
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson – I guess I’m on something of a Scandinavian crime fiction kick these days—at least, when it comes to my library books. I got this one as an audio book. I’m not really big on the Swedish crime fiction, but I did enjoy The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (see the review here), so I thought I’d give the second book in the series a whirl. So far, so good. I do have to say, though, the Scandinavian writers seem to be a bit more verbose than their American counterparts. Or maybe I’m just used to the succinctness of vintage crime fiction. It’s amazing the amount of inane information Larsson throws into his narrative in order to build up the characters, if not the story. It works, it’s just that impatient readers might have a few “I don’t give a damn” moments while reading it.
Vanguard of Hope by Kathy Steinmann – This historical fiction novel is set in Lisetville, (
in the year 1890, a time when chauvinism and racial prejudice were an accepted
part of life. This is the first in a
series of novels about the Sapphire Brigade, an organization dedicated to the
protection of children. Set against a backdrop of mystery, murder, and romance,
it is the struggle of a woman who copes as well as she can with secrets and
personal demons. Check out more
about the book and its author at kathysteinemann.com. England
And now that we’ve shown you ours, it’s time to show us yours. What did you get in your mailbox this week?