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Monday, August 24, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Books that have found their way into my house this week include this one that was left on my kitchen counter after a family barbecue.

1632 by Eric Flint - I have never heard of this book but I did some research on the internet and it looks like one I'd enjoy, although it's not one I would have picked off the shelf in a bookstore. The cover doesn't call out to me. It's an alternate history series wherein a small fictional town in modern day West Virginia is transported to central Germany in the year 1631 in the midst of the Thirty Years' War. Tell me that doesn't pique your interest?
My sister Framed and I traded books. I gave her Receive Me Falling which I just finished reading and she gave me Havest. I've never read Tess Gerritsen so I'm looking forward to this.

Framed also gave or lent me Life Support by Tess Gerritsen. She is a very fast reader and finished both these books last week. Her advice was not to read them back-to-back because they are a bit formulaic but chocked full of interesting medical facts and worth reading.

House & Home by Kathleen McCleary came to me from Lisa Munley and TLC tours. I've just started it but I think I'm going to like it. Look forward to a review soon.

The Holy Bullet by Luis Miquel Rocha is an ARC I received from The Penguin Group. I'm on pins and needles - wanting to read this book NOW! It's a "fast-paced mystery about the conspiracy surrounding the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II." It's actually a sequel to The Last Pope which I didn't read but hope to read after this one. I usually like to read a series in order but since the second was an ARC I don't want to slow down the review process. If I was a faster reader I would but I want to honor Penguin's request for a review sooner than later.

Shooting an Albatross by Steven R. Lundin is a review copy I received from the author. It is set during the only year in history the PGA canceled the entire season of professional golf and the same year a unit of the US Army occupied the El Rancho Golf Course in Los Angeles. An Army general challenges an admiral in the navy to play an unaauthorized round of golf but, due their inabilities at playing the game, both agree to partner with the best player each can find in his own branch of the military. It promises intrigue, suspense, mystery, romance, and a touch of comedy.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. I just want to say she has a really terrific blog and her color scheme is beautiful. I think it's one of my favorite looks in the blogosphere.

16 comments:

Mari said...

Love Tess Gerritson's books.

Teddyree said...

Absolutely love Tess Gerritsen's novels, especially the early medical suspense. I've read Harvest, The Surgeon & The Apprentice, brilliant if you're into the genre.

Mary said...

House and Home sounds like it could be funny! Enjoy all your books : )

Kelly said...

Nice selections! I love Gerritsen! Happy reading...

Holly said...

Terrific mailbox. House and Home sounds great.

Kailana said...

Lots of good looking books. I hope you enjoy them!

bermudaonion said...

You had a terrific week! I was hoping to get The Holy Bullet, but it never showed up. Oh well - I have plenty to read.

Zibilee said...

1632 looks really interesting to me, I will be waiting to hear what you think of it and if it's any good. You got some great stuff this week, happy reading!

Carrie K said...

I can't remember where I first heard of the 1632 series either early this summer but it set me off a flurry of research. What fun is alt history if you don't know the actual? And I had NOT A CLUE. Which is particularly sad since I'm half German. I had no idea it was so hashed up - like the US, more or less and the religious wars? Between Lutherans and Calvinists?? Weird.

Cath said...

Those all sound excellent. I've never read anything by Tess Gerritson and am thinking maybe I should. I'm only just starting to get into the crime/thriller genre.

The cover on The Holy Bullet is pretty stunning.

Diane said...

I really enjoy Tess Gerritsen's medical thriller.

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

I got a copy of Shooting in Albatross as well and wonder how the book will be. I just might have to come back and compare thoughts!

Les said...

I've had an ARC of House and Home for AGES!!!! It's in my suitcase. Hope I get to it on this trip. :)

teabird said...

I would like to live in the bookshop in the header of Marcia's blog. Forever.

Anna said...

I've heard good things about House & Home. Happy reading!

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

twiga92 said...

I read 1632 several years ago and really enjoyed it. I'm not really into historical fiction books, but this was really interesting with modern day being thrust into past history. Hope you enjoy!