Sunday, August 1, 2010

Mailbox Monday - 8/2

Mailbox Monday can be found at: The Printed Page
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. 

In an effort to make up for the measly one book I received last week, I got eight books this week.  Not counting the additional four I picked up from the library.

I got two books through the Amazon Vine program: a new zombie book Dust by Joan Frances Turner and a historical fiction novel The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted.  

With some leftover birthday money I bought the graphic novel Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.   I have had this one my wishlist forever.

Then I got four freebie e-books through Amazon to read on my Kindle; Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, Book 1) by Kay Kenyon, Valentine: Episodes 01 & 02, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Kindle Edition) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

For my monthly audio book I got Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper.  I actually own the next two books in the series but didn't have the first one yet.

Then from the library I got Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, Book 2),  Armed and Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2), The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3), and Dark and Stormy Knights.  

So basically a ton of books.  I am looking forward to reading them all!  I hope that you all have a great week of reading! 

Dust by Joan Frances Turner
First Sentence: "My right arm fell off today."
"What happens between death and life can change a girl. Jessie is a zombie. And this is her story...
Nine years ago, Jessie was in a car crash and died. After she was buried, she awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Now Jessie's part of a gang. They fight, hunt, and dance together as one-something humans can never understand. There are darkplaces humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into zombie gangs. But when a mysterious illness threatens the existence of both zombies and humans, Jessie must choose between looking away or staring down the madness-and hanging on to everything she now knows as life... "

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Education of Bet  
First Sentence: "William, I am so disappointed in you!"
"When Will and Bet were four, tragic circumstances brought them to the same house, to be raised by a wealthy gentleman as brother and sister. Now sixteen, they’ve both enjoyed a privileged upbringing thus far. But not all is well in their household. Because she’s a girl, Bet’s world is contained within the walls of their grand home, her education limited to the rudiments of reading, writing, arithmetic, and sewing. Will’s world is much larger. He is allowed—forced, in his case—to go to school. Neither is happy.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They’ll switch places. She’ll go to school as Will. Will can live as he chooses. But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined."

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft  
First Sentence: "Mrs. Locke?"
"Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez."


Bright of the Sky (Entire and the Rose, Book 1) (Kindle Edition) by Kay Kenyon
Bright of the Sky (Book 1 of The Entire and the Rose)  
First Sentence: "Marcus Sund came awake all at once."
From "Kay Kenyon, noted for her science fiction world-building, has in this new series created her most vivid and compelling society, the Universe Entire. In a land-locked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lived quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the bright. A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme.
Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot, bereft of his beloved wife and daughter who are assumed dead by everyone on earth except Quinn. Believing them trapped in a parallel universe--one where he himself may have been imprisoned--he returns to the Entire without resources, language, or his memories of that former life. He is assisted by Anzi, a woman of the Chalin people, a Chinese culture copied from our own universe and transformed by the kingdom of the bright. Learning of his daughter's dreadful slavery, Quinn swears to free her. To do so, he must cross the unimaginable distances of the Entire in disguise, for the Tarig are lying in wait for him. As Quinn's memories return, he discovers why. Quinn's goal is to penetrate the exotic culture of the Entire--to the heart of Tarig power, the fabulous city of the Ascendancy, to steal the key to his family's redemption.
But will his daughter and wife welcome rescue? Ten years of brutality have forced compromises on everyone. What Quinn will learn to his dismay is what his own choices were, long ago, in the Universe Entire. He will also discover why a fearful multiverse destiny is converging on him and what he must sacrifice to oppose the coming storm.
This is high-concept SF written on the scale of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld, Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, and Dan Dimmons's Hyperion."

Valentine: Episodes 01 & 02 (English) (Comic Book / Graphic Novel) (Valentine ) (Kindle Edition)

Valentine: Episodes 01 & 02 (English) (Comic Book / Graphic Novel) (Valentine ) 
 From "DOUBLE-SIZED OPENING ISSUE! During Napoleon's retreat from Russia in the War of 1812, cavalry officers Valentine and Oscar are separated from the main army by a brutal blizzard. They think the worst thing waiting out there in the snow for them is Death. They could not be more wrong.

The two soldiers stumble across an ancient conflict between beings more powerful than humanity can imagine, a conflict which now threatens to consume the Earth and all upon it – because those who have stood in the horror’s path, the few bastions of light, are going home.

The debut episodes of the acclaimed fantasy / thriller graphic novel series by comics writer Alex de Campi and artist Christine Larsen."

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  
First Sentence: "Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable."
Robert Louis Stevenson's all-time classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  
First Sentence: "To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman."
From "This is a beautifully-designed new edition of the definitive "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Includes 12 complete short stories, comprising the best-known cases of the world's best-loved sleuth. "

Audio Book:

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, Book 1)  
First Sentence: "I've always been a glass half-full kind of girl."
From "Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.
Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?"

Library Books:
Death's Mistress (Dorina Basarab, Book 2) Armed & Magical (Raine Benares, Book 2) The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares, Book 3)Dark and Stormy Knights


  1. dust is on my wish list. hope it is a good one.

  2. I hope you enjoy your books. Dust looks like a good one.

  3. I still haven't read a graphic novel. Hope you enjoy them all!

  4. Great books! Dust looks really interesting to me. Hope you like it! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

  5. What a great week you had. Yay for you! Enjoy all your nice new books.