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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, February 7, 2011

Monday: Books in the Mail

Welcome to my mailbox! This is what found a new home with me last week!

From Candlewick Press:

The ineffable nature of grieving and belief inspires a tender, gritty, and breathtaking work of graphic storytelling from the creators of The Savage.

"Slogger, man," I said. "Your dad’s dead."
"I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again, like he said he would."

Do you believe in life after death? Slog does. He believes that the scruffy man on a bench outside the butcher shop is his dad, returned to visit him one last time. Slog’s friend Davie isn’t so sure. Can it be that some mysteries are never meant to be solved? And that belief, at times, is its own reward? The acclaimed creators of The Savage reunite for a feat of graphic storytelling that defies categorization. Eerie, poignant, and masterful, Slog’s Dad is a tale of astonishing power and complexity.


Lilly can be whatever she wants!

In her second TOON adventure, no job is too touch for Silly Lilly: first she's a cook who paints, then an acrobat who tumbles, then a city planner...

Agn├Ęs Rosenstiehl's spunky heroine, one of France's most beloved children book characters, takes on a new role every day of this week. Lilly's unstoppable antics are bound to spark young readers' imaginations.


From Dundurn Press:


After the conclusion of The Silver Anklet, Tara’s triumphant return to Morni is short-lived. Tara’s deceased former stepmother, Kali, seeks revenge through her daughter, Layla. And so begins a series of carefully orchestrated events to cast suspicion on Tara: a dead dog in the village temple, contaminated well water, and whispers that Tara is still possessed.

Layla fuels the villagers’ blind superstitions and fears. Soon all of Morni is against Tara, even her own family. Death seems to be the only way to stop her evil stepsister.

Tara turns to Lord Yama and his deadly conch for help. He takes her to the Underworld to seek advice, but when she returns, she has only 24 hours to prove her innocence and to save the village before she must go back to the World of the Dead. Forever.

Can Tara believe in herself once more to defeat Layla, or will Lord Yama and his deadly conch claim their next victim? The harrowing conclusion to the thrilling Tara Trilogy answers these questions and more.

From Harper Collins Canada:

In sixteenth-century Hungary, Countess Elizabeth Bathory began to torture and kill over 600 servant girls so as to bathe in their blood. She believed this practice would render her beauty immortal; it certainly did her reputation. Quiver tells the chilling story of the notorious Countess Bathory and her undying power to enthrall.

Danica, a young forensic psychologist, is one of many who have been drawn into the orbit of Bathory’s enduring legend. Danica has moved to England from Canada to work at Stowmoor, a former insane asylum turned forensic hospital, and one of her patients is Martin Foster, imprisoned for murdering a fourteen-year-old girl. Foster is a menacing but fascinating patient, and Danica begins to suspect he may have belonged to a cabal idolizing Bathory and reenacting her savage murders.

At the same time, Danica receives a mysterious note from Maria, a seductive archivist who moves in glamorous circles and with whom Danica has an intriguing and complicated past. Maria claims she has discovered Bathory’s long-lost diaries, which chronicle her spectacularly bloody crimes, and as Danica’s career and her relationship with her artist-boyfriend, Henry, begin to break down, Maria increasingly insinuates herself into her life. Soon, Danica is in too deep to notice that Maria’s motivations are far from selfless, and that, in fact, they may just cost Danica her life.

From the author, Monica Kulling:

Mr. Dash may not have a pedigree (he can count five different breeds of dogs as family), but from his furry head to his wagging tail, he is a gentleman. His fine manners make him a perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Their life together is graceful and civilized, what with walks in the park, stamp-collecting, and a passion for flowers.

But the well-ordered household is turned on its head whenever Madame Croissant’s granddaughter, Daphne, comes to visit. She’s as wild as Mr. Dash is courtly, and she makes the poor dog’s life miserable. But when she finds herself in real trouble, Mr. Dash proves that he is not only well-mannered but as brave as any knight.

Merci Mister Dash! is not only a hilarious salute to common courtesy, it will appeal to dog lovers and to anyone who is trying to civilize an untamed creature – of any kind.

5 comments:

  1. You had a great mailbox last week. I haven't heard of any of those books although Quiver peaked my interest. I will have to check it out.

    Enjoy :)

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  2. Nice selection. Enjoy your week

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  3. I always look forward to seeing your mailbox list - so much variety. Enjoy!

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  4. I like the reincarnation story. Being in Asia in a predominantly Buddhist country the concept of rebirth is not strange/new to me. Whether I believe in it I don't know.

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  5. I love the cover of The Deadly Conch. Enjoy your new books!

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