Saturday, March 10, 2012

In My Mailbox #24

Geez, I wasn't expecting such a haul this week! So much to read, so little time...
For review:
Yesterday's Dead by Pat Bourke - LibraryThing Early Reviewers
It's rare to find historical fiction about the 1918 flu epidemic. I'm hoping it'll be pretty good.
*OK, so I'm about 2/3 through the book now: a quick read, but it really drops you into the era.
The Last Song by Eva Wiseman - LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Another interesting historical fiction read - the Spanish Inquisition. 
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - publisher
I had entered the Shelf Awareness giveaway for this and was so happy when a copy came! I'm a fan of Hiaasen's other YA, ecology-inspired novels, having read Hoot, Flush, and Scat in previous years.

Bereft by Chris Womersley - thanks, Curiosity Killed the Bookworm!
Ironically, another WWI-era novel. I heard it described as "gothic," which caught my interest as much as the historical fiction part.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey - thanks, Autumn Blues!
I'm interested in seeing what this turns out to be like, since I've heard magical realism, fantasy, and fairy tale so far...
The End of This Day's Business by Katharine Burdekin
1935 feminist utopia. Purchased with an Amazon gift card that I won at a quiz bowl competition for being one of the highest individual scorers. :)

Bought from Amazon with a gift card, thanks to Adam at Roof Beam Reader:
Field of Honor by D.L. Birchfield
Squee!!! Native Americans + speculative fiction should prove to be an interesting combination...
Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Ella Merchant
With this, I think I now own all of the (few) late 19th/early 20th century feminist sci-fi novels. :)
The Last Day by Glenn Meier
Rant time!! I ordered the early 19th-century post-apocalyptic The Last Man by Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville, and this thriller came instead! Not only that it's not the book I actually ordered, it's a book I'm highly unlikely to ever read AND it came in poor condition. At least I got a refund. Amazon rant over.

From Random Buzzers:
The Nightmare Garden (Iron Codex #2) by Caitlin Kittredge
Another "squee!!!" I absolutely loved The Iron Thorn!!
The Queen's Lady (Lacey Chronicles #2) by Eve Edwards
I went ahead and got the sequel while it was available, though I haven't read The Other Countess yet.

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
Utopia! (I think)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Well, I read A Tomb for Boris Davidovich last year, which is the book I always get confused with this one, which was only $1.
The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The second Marquez in two weeks (and the third this year)! Because One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of my absolute faves.
Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley     
Huxley is another of my favorite authors. It's hard to find most of his other novels, too.
The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper
I seriously did not intend to get two three four feminist sci-fi books in the same week...
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
I'm interested in seeing how a retelling of a ballad will turn out.   

 What did you get in your mailbox this week?


  1. Impossible by Nancy Werlin is amazing. Her writing is beautiful, and she uses the ballad in a very intriguing way. :)

  2. I got a copy of Yesterday's Dead too and it sounds really cool don't you think? I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here's my IMM!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books