Monday, April 27, 2009

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday - hosted by Marcia at the Printed Page .

I'm waiting on 2 books, but they didn't turn up in my mailbox last week. However despite the sad mailbox situation, I still got lucky. Courtesy of 2 friends doing a cleanout, 3 books came to live on my bookshelves.

The Taking by Dean Koontz (an old one to add to my collection)

On the morning that marks the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. A luminous silvery downpour is drenching their small Californian mountain town. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now, in the moody purple dawn, the young couple cannot shake the sense of something terribly wrong. As the hours pass, Molly and Neil listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. By nightfall, their little town loses all contact with the outside world. A thick fog transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. And soon the Sloans and their neighbors will be forced to draw on reserves of courage and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a shattering instant what is happening to their world...something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.

Firestorm by Iris Johansen

Arson investigator Kerry Murphy has a unique talent for sniffing out the cause of fires like the one that killed her mother years ago. She also has a secret, known only to the mysterious stranger named Silver, a "consultant" who needs her cooperation in stopping the psychopath who burned his brother alive and who's holding national security hostage to his own demented ego. Silver has an uncanny gift for getting under Kerry's skin, which is both the good and bad news--good because it doubles their chances of finding the man behind the terrifying weapon of the title, and bad because Kerry can't afford to be vulnerable to Silver or any other man. Johansen has written a taut thriller that's not quite as combustible as its title but one that will keep readers fired up enough to stick with it to the last page.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

14 comments:

  1. I'm a fan of Iris Johansen's but it tends to be hit or miss lately. Love the Eve series though.

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  2. I haven't read Koontz in a long time. I used to read a lot of his. I love The Princess Bride! Happy Reading.

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  3. Hey, I'm impressed! No money changed hands LOL. Well done!

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  4. I know, I didn't buy anything last week. Sometimes I surprise even myself LOL

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  5. I really should read the Princess Bride, didn't even know it was book :)

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  6. Those sound like great books! Enjoy!

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  7. Awww, The Princess Bride :) Enjoy!

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  8. Wow - The Princess Bride is one of our favorite movies!!

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

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  9. Dean Koontz ROCKS!! The Taking is in my top 5 favs of his, along with Strangers and The Face! I like Johansen too, but I haven't read this one yet. I love the Princess Bride movie, now I need to read the book!

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  10. The first two look scary. Of course I loved reading The Princess Bride!

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  11. I read Dean Koontz ages ago. These look like some good books....happy reading.

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  12. Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. Enjoy your books!

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