Saturday, October 17, 2009

In My Mailbox (10)

You guys, it's been a good week.

The Bought:

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

The shootings in Pleasant Valley were fifty miles away, but at Central High a grief and crisis counselor is hired, security is increased, and privileges are being taken away.

No one knows why.

If you break the new rules the punishment is severe. And the rules keep changing every day.

School feels like a prison.

It's for their protection, yet fifteen-year-old Tom Bishop and his friends learn that things are far more sinister than they seem. Students and teachers begin disappearing.

There's no way to stop it.

Nationally best-selling and acclaimed author Francine Prose has written a haunting novel about what happens when protection goes too far and what it means to have freedom extinguished -- in the name of safety.

In spring 1970, the artist Ralph Steadman went to America in search of work and found more than he bargained for. He met an ex-Hells Angel, called Hunter S. Thompson who had just shaved his head. Their working relationship resulted in Gonzo and a friendship that lasted for more than thirty years. THE JOKES OVER tells the story of a remarkable collaboration that documented the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movements, the Nixon Years, campaign trails, Watergate and many of the great events that shaped the twentieth century. It is also the story of a friendship and the unique understanding (and betrayals) that existed between them. Few people knew Hunter as well as Ralph Steadman did. In this wonderful memoir, elegaic, bizarre and hilarious, Steadman tells for the first time his story, in words and pictures, of Ralph and Hunter, a great British original on a great American original, Butch and Sundance on acid...

The Borrowed:

At sixteen, Sarah Trestle has a lot going for her. She's cute, funny, and a terrific alto. She's also great behind the wheel, which is why she drives the getaway car. But Sarah T doesn't complain; she loves being part of the best clique in Kalamazoo: The Sarahs.

Sarahs Aberdeen, Babbitt, Cody, and Trestle aren't out to hurt anyone -- they're simply honing their craft. They start off their summer the usual way: interspersing petty crimes with nature walks, crushes, and volunteer work. Of course, everyone knows that a band of criminals is only as strong as its weakest link. When Sarah T botches a shoplifting attempt, her fate in The Sarahs is seriously called into question. And she's willing to do just about anything to prove that she's worthy....

Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri's on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong.

Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel's hands.

Her family.

The world.

Senior prom.


Twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Sarah Jane can refer to:

Sarah-Jane Dias, an Indian model and veejay; winner of the Femina Miss India World 2007 title
Sarah-Jane Hutt, the fourth delegate of the United Kingdom to win the Miss World pageant in 1983

Otis adores the red cowboy cowboy

Horseman skilled at handling cattle in the U.S. West. From c. 1820, cowboys were employed in small numbers on Texas ranches, where they had learned the skills of the vaquero (Spanish: “cowboy”). boots her daddy gave her They fit perfectly and give her a sense of safety and comfort in what has turned out to be pretty intense place to be--kept safely away from her father and his drinking and abuse. Sarah and her long-abused mother devise a plan to escape, and together with her younger sister they head out on an adventure that sounded good at the time it was being plotted. But Sarah finds herself not only away from her father, but also away from everything she has ever loved and deep in shame for living in the only place her mother could afford--a motel. Picked on at her new school, and with the good changes her mother promised not coming quickly enough, Sarah is torn between love for her father and facing the truth that he is dangerous. She convinces herself he has changed and tries to get back to the man who gave her the beautiful red boots.

Some people would say this is the story of a photograph. How it was taken, and what happened to me after the whole world saw it.

And it is.

But it's also the story of a lot of other things. A boy so beautiful he's like a punch to the throat. Best friends-;the outrageous old ones and the out-of-the-blue new. It's about fishnets and eyebrow rings and a chick named Hamlet. Kick lines at lumberyards and conga lines at the prom. Crying in cars and gazing at stars. Mistakes, misunderstandings, and misconceptions. Good girls, bad boys, and everyone in between.

This is a story about love.

So look at the picture all you want.

I am so much more than what you see.

The Mooched:

hat happens on the afternoon of October 1 came to be known as the Pulse, a signal sent though every operating cell phone that turns its user into something...well, something less than human. Savage, murderous, unthinking-and on a wanton rampage. Terrorist act? Cyber prank gone haywire? It really doesn't matter, not to the people who avoided the technological attack. What matters to them is surviving the aftermath.

Before long a band of them "normies", that's is how they think of themselves, have gathered on the grounds of Gaiten Academy, where the headmaster and one remaining student have something awesome and terrifying to show them on the school's moonlit soccer field. Clearly there can be no escape. The only option is to take them on.

The Reviewed:

The best holiday traditions are meant to be broken.

It's only December 1, and Vanessa Clayton has been dreading Christmas since she spotted tinseled trees at her local mall in September. Thankfully, she and her husband, JT, can't afford to drag their twin boys across the country to New England for the annual celebration at her stuffy sister-in-law Patience's home. Not that Vanessa has prepared a proper Christmas for her family in years, and she has less time than ever since she agreed to consult on the script of a local play. Her older sister, Thea, is no help -- she'd rather make art and flirt with surfers than babysit her nine-year-old nephews. Then Patience drops a holiday stress bomb: Her family will come to California instead.

In between "baking" cinnamon rolls for the school potluck and overbearing Patience testing her patience, Vanessa can't stop thinking about the difficult but charming playwright at work. Meanwhile, Patience's teenage daughter, Libby, obsesses over a college boy she has met by the pool, and Thea searches desperately for the meaning of Christmas -- for her latest installation, of course. As their holiday plans go comically awry, these four women discover the true spirit of the season is hidden in every festive surprise.

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of gas—dubbed the Blight—that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Sixteen years later, a massive wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it in what is known as the Outskirts, lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

Zeke’s quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive...

A teenage boy.A dark wizard.A mystic scroll. And the fate of a world hangs in the balance. . . When Alex “the Axeman” Logan is pulled from his world to help young princess Dara save her kingdom from the Shadow Lord, he thinks there has been a mistake. He’s a teen guitar player close to failing 11th grade, not some defender of the realm. All he has are some school books, his wits, and his love of fantasy movies. Overnight his life is history. Alex must confront the Shadow Lord and his minions when he is thrust into a land that has changed from a magical paradise to a barren, hopeless, helpless realm invaded by a dark army. But Alex is not alone. He has the help of Dara, a magic scroll, and a band of unlikely companions drawn from his own history books: a hardened Roman Legionnaire, a swift Japanese Samurai, a mighty African Warrior, a fiery Amazon Archer, and a spirited Shaolin Monk. Can Alex become more than he believes and lead his small band of Defenders to the Hall of Shadows, the birthplace of the Shadow Lord? The fate of the realm and everyone in it rests on him.

Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within -- magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.

In Flesh and Fire, first in a spellbinding new trilogy, Laura Anne Gilman conjures a story as powerful as magic itself, as intoxicating as the finest of wines, and as timeless as the greatest legends ever told.

If you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead?

Old Marsh, the gardener at Belerion Hall, warned the Villiers girl about the old ruins along the sea-cliffs. “Never go in, miss. Never say a prayer at its door. If you are angry, do not seek revenge by the Laughing Maiden stone or at the threshold of the Tombs. There be those who listen for oaths and vows….What may be said in innocence becomes flesh and blood in such places.”

She was born Iris Catherine Villiers. She became Isis.

From childhood until her sixteenth year, Iris Villiers wandered the stone-hedged gardens and the steep cliffs along the coast of Cornwall near her ancestral home. Surrounded by the stern judgments of her grandfather-the Gray Minister-and the taunts of her cruel governess, Iris finds solace in her beloved older brother who has always protected her.

But when a tragic accident occurs from the ledge of an open window, Iris discovers that she possesses the ability to speak to the dead…

Be careful what you wish for…it just may find you.

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, is determined to become a scientist, and has no time for make-believe.

Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.

That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairy tale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knows will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of Ice.

Yes, my dumblings. It has been a good week.

So, what'd you guys get?


Emily said...

Leviathan, The Boneshaker, and Ice are all on my TBR pile, and I actually just got Leviathan from the library today and can't wait to read it!

What Book is That?

Zia said...

Wow I want to read Leviathan and Boneshaker. There area few others I see I would like and I should have Flesh and Fire coming.

ladystorm said...

I really want to read ICE its one on my wishlist.

Here is my Saturday Mailbox Raid I had a great week too:

April said...

Ice looks fantastic, I hope you enjoy it!

Faye said...

Yeah ice looks really good :D enjoy ur books!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I want Leviathan and Boneshaker. There's a few others that look great too. Happy reading!

Dannie said...
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Anonymous said...

Ooo! Jealous of Boneshaker and Ice! I ordered Leviathan the week before last, but it STILL isn't here yet!

Happy reading!

Anonymous said...

What a good week! After looks fantastic and I'm so excited about Ice. Your blog looks lovely, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Awesome haul! I so want to read Ice! It looks awesome! Good Girls is absolutely amazing, I really loved it! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews!

miss cindy :) said...

wow, great books :)

Rebecca said...

Great books you got this week. They all look really good. I hope you enjoy reading all your books.

Lauren said...

Ooh, you got so many great books this week! Enjoy!

La Coccinelle said...

You've got some cool stuff to read (in the case of Ice, perhaps somewhat literally)!

Ravenous Reader said...

So many yummy books. YEAY!! ICE is amazing and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
The Cell sounds creepy good and I so want to read it now.

Enjoy allyour reads :)

Jessica Ashmore said...

Leviathan, Boneshaker, After, they all sound pretty awesome. Going on my TBR list.

PolishOutlander said...

Flesh and Fire sounds like a beautiful read. Happy reading!

Jo said...

Awesome haul! I so want to read Ice, it sounds awesome! I've read Good Girls, and it is simply amazing! Happy reading, and I look forward to your reviews.

Lauren said...

That's such a lot of books, I'm so envious. Especially of Leviathan and Ice. Hope you enjoy them all!

Anonymous said...

Leviathan is a book I really want to read. Enjoy!!!

TheBookShopaholic said...

Awesome books!

Library Lounge Lizard said...

Wow, you DID have a good week...enjoy!

Allison said...

Wow, awesome books! Enjoy

Tena said...

Seen Ice on a few blogs this week, look forward to seeing all the reviews on it
Happy reading

Alexia561 said...

Score! So many great books in your mailbox this week! I'm totally jealous. *L*


Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Wow awesome books! After sounds interesting. Boneshaker looks really good to!

Falling Off The Shelf said...

Wow I'm so jealous! You got some seriously awesome books this week. I'm starting to think my blog sucks or something, lol..cause I never get contacted about these awesome new YA titles! argh.

Looking forward to your reviews!

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