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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.


I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday: Books in the Mail

I thought it was going to be a no mail week for me last week until Friday managed to bring a couple of packages with books to review:



From Random House Canada:



Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home—and her reactions to them are somewhat . . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations.

It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy—her paw-print birthmark.



From Campfire Books (Graphic Novels:

A ghost turns up at Ebenezer Scrooge’s home one Christmas Eve. It is Jacob Marley, his business partner, who has been dead for seven years. He is dragging heavy chains, and is obviously full of great sorrow and unbearable pain.

While Scrooge is still trying to decide whether the apparition is real or a piece of his imagination, Marley’s ghost tells him something that might change his life forever:

‘You will be haunted by three spirits. Without their visits, you cannot hope to avoid the path I tread.

‘Expect the first tomorrow when the bell tolls one.

‘Expect the second on the next night at the same hour.

‘The third upon the next night when the last stroke of twelve has stopped vibrating.’

One of the most popular Christmas stories of all time, Dickens’s novel remains a great favourite all over the world. A poignant and thought-provoking story, it’s a delight to read again and again.


Buck is a four-year-old shepherd dog, living a pampered life of an estate dog. His life changes when he is kidnapped and sold into service during the Klondike gold rush, where he is made to haul heavy sleds through the deep snow fields. In the new environment, he soon discovers his dominant primordial instinct. He learns not only to survive, but also flourishes in it.

Jack London’s The Call of the Wild is a masterpiece in both its style, which set a standard for generations to come, and its genre, raising adventure writing to the level of classic literature. While being exciting and entertaining, Buck’s story is also thought provoking that makes it an enduring story for all ages.

7 comments:

  1. I'd like to see a graphic novel version of A Christmas Carol. Have a good week!

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  2. I will pick that graphic novel!

    Here is my post!

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  3. Graphic novel on Dickens must be unusual.

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  4. I just finished reading The Gathering and WOW! Amazing! It kind of goes along with the Darkest Powers trilogy but not really... It just makes it more interesting if you have already read it.

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  5. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/mailbox-monday-relationship-obits.html

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  6. I'm really looking forward to THE GATHERING because I loved the DARKEST POWERS trilogy. Good to know it won't be long now!

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  7. A graphic novel of Call Of The Wild sounds interesting. I've only ever seen one graphic novel, and loved it. I'll have to maybe check out a few more. :)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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