Saturday, July 11, 2009

In My Mailbox 1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme brought to you by Kristi from The Story Siren. 
Received In Mail:

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (ARC): "Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?" 

I have no idea why I received this book. I didn't put in for it or win it (at least I don't think so!) but nevertheless, I will read it. I mean, I can't just a let a book go unread, can I?

From The Library:

American Shaolin by Mattew Polly: "In this smoothly written memoir, 98-pound weakling Polly makes the age-old decision to turn his nerdy self into a fighting machine. Polly's quest for manhood leads this guy from Topeka, Kans., to the Shaolin Temple, ancient home of the fighting monks and setting for 10,000 chop-socky movies. As much a student of Chinese culture as he is a martial artist, Polly derives a great deal of humor from the misunderstandings that follow a six-foot-three laowai (white foreigner) in a China taking its first awkward steps into capitalism after Tiananmen Square. Polly has a good eye for characters and introduces the reader to a Finnish messiah, a practitioner of "iron crotch" kung fu, and his nagging girlfriend. We get the inside dope on Chinese dating, Chinese drinking games and a medical system apparently modeled on the Spanish Inquisition. The last hundred pages of the book lose focus, and Polly doesn't convincingly demonstrate how he transforms himself from a stumbling geek to a kickboxing stud who can stand toe-to-toe with the highest-ranked fighter in the world. Although Polly may fall short in sharing Shaolin's secrets, as a chronicler of human absurdity he makes all the right moves."

This isn't something I would normally get, but it's for a book club at my local library, and it actually looks good.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hoddon: "Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, with each chapter given its own prime number--is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"

I also got this book for a book club. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I went ahead and checked it out!

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenger: "On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired"
I can't wait to read this book! I've heard so many good things about it and I know there is a movie coming out soon. :)
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott: "Eighteen-year-old Danielle—aka Sydney, Rebecca, or whatever alias her mother chooses—has been stealing since she can remember. She and her theft-savvy mother move from town to town, mining the successful men whom her mother attracts for information that allows them to find and rob the toniest homes. Dani has no school, no friends, and no home until she and her mother land in Heaven, a small, wealthy beachfront town where Dani realizes what it is like to have a best friend and also a boyfriend, who just happens to be a cop. Scott tells a surprising story that features a mature teen who longs for the straight and narrow, even as the adults around her profit from crime and corruption. Dani’s first-person narrative includes a few winking references to the lucrative life theft can garner, which feel like odd, misguided shifts from the story’s strongest message that Dani is a brave teen who can and does shape a strong future for herself." 
Having read two of Elizabeth Scott's previous books I had to get more of them! I absolutely adore her writing. 
All summaries from amazon.com
Of course, I'm going to have to wait to read these books, because I have a pile of books to read before these. 
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6 comments:

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

You got so many great books. The Time Traveller's Wife and Curious Incident are brilliant.

Cat said...

I liked the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. It was... different. But I still enjoyed it. :)

I am dying to read Strange Angels! I hope you like it. Lucky you!!

Bianca said...

TTTW and Curious Incident both look great! I'm excited to read those!

Cat, Strange Angels is actually the first book I've received since starting this blog and finding out about book bloggers and such! I hope you get it soon. I'll write a review as soon as I read it.

--Bianca

Callie said...

I want to read alot of these books. Curious Incident was soo good. I loved it! Enjoy!

Bianca said...

Thanks! Hope you get the books you want to read soon!:)

prophecygirl said...

Very cool week. The Time Traveler's Wife is AMAZING!