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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday: Books in the Mail

Last week brought me 3 fantastic review books! Each one I'm very eager to read. But last week only saw me reading one review copy though, meaning mt arc increased by 2 books.


What if? Why not? Could it be?When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.






A brilliant and chilling dystopia for a new generation in the tradition of Brave New World."'Explain to us why you wish to enter The Academy.'" Anaximander, a young Academy candidate, is put through a gruelling exam. Her special subject: the life of Adam Forde, her long-dead hero. It's late in the 21st century and the island Republic has emerged from a ruined, plague-ridden world, its citizens safe, but not free, and living in complete isolation from outside contact. Approaching planes are gunned down, refugees shot on sight.Until a man named Adam Forde rescued a girl from the sea."Anaximander, we have asked you to consider why it is you would like to join the Academy. Is your answer ready?"To answer that question, Anaximander must struggle with everything she has ever known about herself and her beloved Republic's history, the nature of being human, of being conscious, and even what it means to have a soul.And when everything has been laid bare, she must confront the Republic's last great secret, her own surprising link to Adam Forde, and the horrifying truth about her world.


The compelling story of three young orphans who must survive on their own during the Civil War.
It’s near the end of the war, and rumors of emancipation are swirling. Eleven-year-old Luke decides to run away to freedom and join the Union Army. But he doesn’t find the Yankee troops he was hoping for. Instead, he finds nine-year-old Daylily, lost in the woods after suffering an unspeakable tragedy. Her master set her free, but freedom so far has her scared and alone.
Also lost in the woods is seven-year-old Caswell, the son of a plantation owner. He was only trying to find his Mamadear after the Yankees burned their house with all their fine things. He wanted to be brave. But alone in the woods with two slave children, he quickly loses all his courage, and comes to greatly depend upon his new friends. In the chaos and violence that follows, the three unrelated children discover a bond in each other stronger than family.

10 comments:

  1. Black Angels is supposed to be a great book. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Looks like you got some great books this week. Genesis looks really good.

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  3. The Magician's Elephant looks so good. I recently picked that one up & can't wait to read it :)

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  4. Ohh - the Magician's Elephant sounds really interesting. (All three sound like great reads)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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  5. Wow! These books sound great--I'm especially intrigued by Black Angels. I hadn't heard of that one before.

    Here's my mailbox!

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  6. These look great! I just read and reviewed Black Angels, and it is terrific. I am excited about reading The Magician's Elephant. I liked The All-True Adventures of Edward Tulane, and I LOVED Because of Winn-Dixie.

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  7. Wow your review books all sound great but Black Angels sounds like it will be a brilliant, moving read!
    Happy reading :-)

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  8. The Magician's Elephant was a pretty good read!

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  9. bermuda- the buzz is on about Black Angels!

    Lola - yeah I'm really excited about Genesis, definitely my topic.

    Mel - Magician's Elephant is looking good to me.

    Mary - I agree!

    Wendi - Agree!

    Katy - Black Angels is certainly getting the hype

    Steph - Glad to hear you loved Black Angels. How can we not be excited about the Elephant?!

    Teddyree - Agree! (again)

    Kailana - Glad to hear you enjoyed the Elephant!

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