Sunday, October 10, 2010

In My Mailbox and Mailbox Monday - 10/11

IMM is a meme started at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

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. 


This week my mailbox was kind of steampunk heavy :-)  I got three books total.  The first I bought and that was  Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy, Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld.  I really enjoyed the first book in this series; it was a great story with wonderful pictures and was a beautiful book in general.  You can read my review of the first book in the series Leviathan.

The second steampunk book I got from the library and that was Dreadnought (Clockwork Century, Book 3) by Cherie Priest.  This is the final book in the Clockwork Century series (at least that I have heard of).  I have absolutely adored all of the books in this series previously, so I look forward to this one.  The first book was Boneshaker and the second was Clementine.  I recommend checking them both out; especially if you are interested in steampunk or like alternative history types of fantasy!

The last book I got through paperbackswap.com in an effort to finally get all the books in the Wheel of Time series; that was Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, Book 11) by Robert Jordan.

Anyway, please see below for more information on the books mentioned.  I hope that you all have a great week of reading!


Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy, Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth (Leviathan) 
First Sentence: "Alek raised his sword."
From Amazon.com: "The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead."

Dreadnought (Clockwork Century, Book 3) by Cherie Priest
Dreadnought
First Sentence: "Down in the laundry room with the bloody-wet floors and the ceiling-high stacks of sheets, wraps, and blankets, Vinita Lynch was elbows-deep in a vat full of dirty pillowcases because she's promised - she'd sworn on her mother's life- that she'd find a certain windup pocket watch belonging to Private Hugh Morton before the device was plunged into a tub of simmering soapy water and surely destroyed for good."
From Amazon.com: "Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and—if the telegram can be believed—be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.

Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.

What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?

Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive."


Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time, Book 11) by Robert Jordan
Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11) 
First Sentence: "The sun, climbing toward midmorning, stretched Galad's shadow and those of his three armored companions ahead of them as they trotted their mounts down the road that ran straight through the forest, dense with oak and leatherleaf, pine and sourgum, most showing the red of spring growth." \
From Amazon.com: "The Wheel of Time turns, and Robert Jordan gives us the eleventh volume of his extraordinary masterwork of fantasy.

The dead are walking, men die impossible deaths, and it seems as though reality itself has become unstable: All are signs of the imminence of Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, when Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, must confront the Dark One as humanity's only hope. But Rand dares not fight until he possesses all the surviving seals on the Dark One's prison and has dealt with the Seanchan, who threaten to overrun all nations this side of the Aryth Ocean and increasingly seem too entrenched to be fought off. But his attempt to make a truce with the Seanchan is shadowed by treachery that may cost him everything. Whatever the price, though, he must have that truce. And he faces other dangers. There are those among the Forsaken who will go to any length to see him dead--and the Black Ajah is at his side....
 
Unbeknownst to Rand, Perrin has made his own truce with the Seanchan. It is a deal made with the Dark One, in his eyes, but he will do whatever is needed to rescue his wife, Faile, and destroy the Shaido who captured her. Among the Shaido, Faile works to free herself while hiding a secret that might give her her freedom or cause her destruction. And at a town called Malden, the Two Rivers longbow will be matched against Shaido spears.
 
Fleeing Ebou Dar through Seanchan-controlled Altara with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons, Mat attempts to court the woman to whom he is half-married, knowing that she will complete that ceremony eventually. But Tuon coolly leads him on a merry chase as he learns that even a gift can have deep significance among the Seanchan Blood and what he thinks he knows of women is not enough to save him. For reasons of her own, which she will not reveal until a time of her choosing, she has pledged not to escape, but Mat still sweats whenever there are Seanchan soldiers near. Then he learns that Tuon herself is in deadly danger from those very soldiers. To get her to safety, he must do what he hates worse than work....
 
In Caemlyn, Elayne fights to gain the Lion Throne while trying to avert what seems a certain civil war should she win the crown....
 
In the White Tower, Egwene struggles to undermine the sisters loyal to Elaida from within....
 
The winds of time have become a storm, and things that everyone believes are fixed in place forever are changing before their eyes. Even the White Tower itself is no longer a place of safety. Now Rand, Perrin and Mat, Egwene and Elayne, Nynaeve and Lan, and even Loial, must ride those storm winds, or the Dark One will triumph."

6 comments:

  1. fab books - have an awesome book week. I am a new follower!

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  2. Great reading! My IMMB is here Be sure to check out my giveaway for Minder or Adversary, Nightshade, and my cover re-creation contest!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  3. I haven't heard of any of these before, but I hope you enjoy them! Happy reading!

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  4. I hope they're all good. Steampunk covers are always so great!

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  5. I must admit that I don't know a thing about the steampunk world, but I'm starting to really feel like I am missing out! I'm going to have to do a little scan of the shelves when next I'm in the bookstore! Here's my Mailbox: Coffee and a Book Chick -- Mailbox Monday...

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  6. Stopping by from She Reads and Reads' post for Mailbox Monday.

    Have a great week.

    Stop by my blog if you like.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

    Enjoy your books.

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