Sunday, October 18, 2009

In My Mailbox (8)

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The Warrior's Apprentice, Lois McMaster Bujold. Ebay. The Book Smugglers have dared me to read this one. I'm not usually one for hard sci-fi or male protags, but so far so good! Place names and social structures not too baffling. I also forgot how easy it is to crush on male leads. Page 23 and Miles has already endeared himself to me.

Enchantress from the Stars, by Sylvia Engdahl. Mooched. I read about this on a blog recently (Angieville?) and thought it sounded fun.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury. Ebay. Dystopian. Nuff said.

I, Robot, Isaac Asimov. Ebay. After the TRAVESTY that was the film I have to read the book to see how they mangled it. Unfortunately it's the film tie-in edition.

Ariel by Stephen R. Boyett. Ebay. Seen on The Book Smugglers recently. Boys and unicorns and the apocalypse. Never thought they would ever be combined!

Companions of the Night, Vivian Vande Velde. Amazon. I adored this book as a teenager. This is how vampires are best portrayed, in my opinion. I managed to score are hardback first edition too!

The Mayfair Witches Chronicles: Taltos, Lasher and The Witching Hour, by Anne Rice. Ebay. I loved these as a teen, too, and they blow the vampire series out of the water in my opinion.

The Monstrumologist, Rick Yancy. For review. We got the UK cover here *sigh* The US one is beautiful, but maybe the cheese of the UK one fits more with the story. And may I just say YAY to monsters being monstrous and not prom dates for a change!

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss. Ebay. Another Smugglers recommendation. (Jeez those girls can be persuasive...) I was hooked from the first page and Rothfuss's description of three sorts of silence when I borrowed it from the library but had to return it. Now to find the time to read the rest.

The Road, Cormac McCarthy. Library. Shellie at Layers of Thought reviewed this one a while ago and I meant to get to it for the Dystopia Challenge. Must read before the film comes out.

Oh Viggo, I adore you even when you're hairy and dirty...

Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose. Library. I haven't read any Prose but Touch created a stir earlier this year, and I saw the forthcoming After on Opinionated? Me? earlier this morning. (Dannie received hate mail from another blogger recently--the ridiculous and disappointing "why do you get all the ARCs" kind. It dismays me that this sort of thing goes on. And always with such a bad spelling. Makes me think it's not a blogger after all, as we take such pride in our posts!)

I have plans for New Year, hurrah! Another festival has been announced for New Years Day, Better Days, and Cassius from France will be headlining. Wheee, French house! Toop Toop is one of their most popular tracks, and I found this clip on YouTube that cuts a Soviet Union fairytale cartoon from 1969 to a remix. It's so freaking adorable, and the cutting is inspired.


  1. holy shit dude you got a loot alright! jeal.

  2. Great books you got this week. There are a lot of good ones there. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  3. All that would take me a couple of years to get through, I think...

  4. I really want to read The Road and The Monstrumologist. But yeah, the UK cover of the latter is doing *nothing* for me.

  5. I haven't read any of the Witch books by Anne Rice yet, just the vampire books and the Ramses/Mummy book. Will have to start reading her again. I have to admit I wasn't a fan of The Road, but maybe I'll go see the movie cause Viggo is in it. :) Happy reading!

  6. OMG I fricken loveeeee The Name of the Wind. Good choice!

  7. I'm reading the Monstrumologist RIGHT NOW! It's pretty good so far. Reads jsut like a classic.

  8. Good books! I agree with you about Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches series. I love them! Did you know she wrote one recently that ties in the Mayfairs and her vampires? Haven't read it yet but I want to!

  9. I read The Road and I found it quite dull. But I think I will see the movie cuz Viggo is a really good actor. Enjoy!!

  10. WillowRaven--No I didn't know! I'll have to track it down, thanks :)

  11. I have that same edition of Fahrenheit 451. And I love the edition you got of Name of the Wind, which I said on GR, as well as READ IT NOW!!!!!! I loved the 1st page, too, and then I thought it was a bit meh for 40 pages or so, and then POW! it hooks you and takes over your brain for another 600. I wanted to blow off everything and just read. So good.
    Still haven't been able to get through Witching Hour. It's just so long, more so than it needs to be. Anne Rice needs to learn to edit. "Murder your darlings," baby, best advice an author can take.

  12. you made out in the book department this week! Wit woo!
    Happy Reading

  13. Ooooh! The next time you are in the mood for a dystopian book, you might consider looking for Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead. I loved the creative storyline, even if the ending felt a little off to me. But the beginning was stunning, and the first chapter, which originally published as a short story, is still available online (link posted in the wikipedia page for the novel).

  14. I just started reading Fahrenheit 451 and enjoy it so far! I have also bought Ariel this week, and I think you sum up really well why to buy it :) I so want to read The Monstrumologist, so I'll be looking forward for your review. And finally, I loved Taltos when I was a teen too! I should get them and read them again, too!