Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 6/7

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I got six books this week.  The first one is the first book in Jim Bernheimer's Spirals of Destiny series and is called "Rider".  I got this direct from the author for review.  Thanks to Jim for sending me this copy.

I got "Stories: All New Tales" edited by Neil Gaiman from Amazon Vine to review.

The next three books I got from  They were "Retribution Falls" by Chris Wooding, "Nobody's Prize" by Esther Friesner, and "The Bunnicula Collection" by James Howe.

The last book I got on loan from a friend; "A Fire Upon the Deep" by Vernor Vinge.

All in all an interesting group of books.  You can see below for more info on these books.  Hope you all have a great week of reading!

Rider (Spirals of Destiny, Book 1) by Jim Bernheimer
Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1  
First Sentence: "A jolt of energy coursed through Majherri's body, nearly sending the unicorn down onto the sand."
From "Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens... A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence. Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them."

Stories: All New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
Stories: All-New Tales  
First Sentence: "He grew up in Dracula's City"
From "The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.
Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all."
Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains."
As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction."

Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay, Book 1) by Chris Wooding
Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay (Tales of the Ketty Jay 1) 
First Sentence: "The smuggler held the bullett between thumb and forefinger, studying it in the weak light of the store room."
"Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ..."

Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
Nobody's Prize  
First Sentence: "I stood in the bow of the little fishing boat and gazed at the glittering city high on the bluff ahead."
"In this rousing sequel to Nobody’s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo.

Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger. There are battles to be fought, as well as an encounter with a terrifying murderous princess. With her beauty blossoming, Helen’s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very future as Queen of Sparta is threatened."

The Bunnicula Collection by James Howe
The Bunnicula Collection: Three Hare-Raising Tales in One Volume  
First Sentence: "I shall never forget the first time I laid these now tired eyes on our visitor."
From "A collection of Bunnicula stories including:
Howliday Inn
Bunnicula Strikes Again"

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)  
First Sentence: "The coldsleep itself was dreamless."
"A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.

Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.

Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization."


  1. I'm not sure what this says about me, but the Bunnicula book is the one that catches my eye! Happy reading!

  2. I haven't heard of any of these books before, but hope you enjoy them!

  3. They look like fun reads. Enjoy!

  4. Looks like a wonderful bunch of reading ahead of you. Enjoy all your new goodies.

  5. Busy week!

    That short story collection sounds good, even though I am not usually drawn to short stories.

    I have a pretty long MM list this week on Rose City Reader.