In My Mailbox (11) / Mailbox Monday (19)

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring meme (details here). This month it is hosted by I’m Booking It.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox

Title: Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism
Author: David Nickle
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal – with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all.

Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother’s cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation – and the barest thread of hope.

At the edge of the utopian mill town of Eliada, Idaho, Doctor Andrew Waggoner faces a Klansman’s noose and glimpses wonder in the twisting face of the patient known only as Mister Juke. And deep in a mountain lake overlooking that town, something stirs, and thinks, in its way: Things are looking up.

Eutopia follows Jason and Andrew as together and alone, they delve into the secrets of Eliada – industrialist Garrison Harper’s attempt to incubate a perfect community on the edge of the dark woods and mountains of northern Idaho. What they find reveals the true, terrible cost of perfection – the cruelty of the surgeon’s knife – the folly of the cull – and a monstrous pact with beings that use perfection as a weapon, and faith as a trap.

Title: His Majesty’s Dragon (Temerarie #1)
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Review copy purchased by yours truly.

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

Title: Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2)
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Review copy purchased by yours truly.

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

Title: Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Review copy purchased by yours truly.

After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army?

Title: Forsaken (The Demon Trappers #1)
Author: Jana Oliver
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Review copy was a present from my boyfriend.

Riley has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father, and she’s already following in his footsteps as one of the best. But it’s tough being the only girl in an all-guy world, especially when three of those guys start making her life more complicated: Simon, the angelic apprentice who has heaven on his side; Beck, the tough trapper who thinks he’s God’s gift, and Ori, the strikingly sexy stranger who keeps turning up to save her ass. One thing’s for sure – if she doesn’t keep her wits about her there’ll be hell to pay…

Title: Midnight (The Vampire Diaries #7)
Author: L.J. Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Vampires
It took ages for this book to arrive. I preordered it, and was literally jumping in anticipation, but I was getting worried it would never arrive as well!

Elena Gilbert returns, in a brand new, three part, vampire diaries sequence…

Elena returns from the Dark Dimension, having freed her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore from imprisonment… but not without consequence. His salvation will demand a high price. Whilst still reeling from this latest shock, they are forced to confront the demons that have taken over Fell’s Church.

Elena must make a decision that will cost her dear:
Damon or Stefan…?

Title: The Coming of The Third Reich
Author: Richard J. Evans
Genre: Non-Fiction, Scientific Research
Review copy purchased by yours truly. I don’t normally read non-fiction but this series just seemed too interesting not to read it. I chose to portray the Dutch cover here, because it looks a lot more interesting.

In 1900, Germany was one of modernity’s great success stories: The most progressive and dynamic nation in Europe, it was the only country whose rapid economic growth and innovation rivaled that of the United States. Its political culture was far less authoritarian than Russia’s and less anti-Semitic than France’s. Representative institutions thrived, and competing political parties and elections were a central part of life. How, then, could it be that in little more than a generation this stable modern country would fall into the hands of Adolf Hitler and the violent, racist, extremist political movement he led, a movement that would lead Germany and then all of Europe into utter moral, physical, and cultural ruin?

There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand, and Richard Evans has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as he shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. Its citizens were angry and embittered by military defeat and economic ruin, and its young democracy undermined by a civil service, an army, and a law enforcement system deeply alienated from the new order. The electorate was beset by growing extremism and panic about communism; and the small but successful Jewish community was subject to wide-spread suspicion and resentment. In the end, though nothing about what happened was preordained, Germany proved to be fertile ground for Nazism’s ideology of hatred.

Title: Miserere: An Autumn Tale
Author: Teresa Frohock
Genre: Fantasy
Review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina’s soul, but Catarina doesn’t want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell. When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina’s wrath isn’t so easy to escape!

Comments

  1. His Majesty’s Dragon intrigues me~ I read Forsaken and didn’t love it. I hope you like it more than I did :0)

    My post: http://www.bookpurring.com/2011/05/in-my-mailbox-9.html if you want to check it out 🙂

  2. You’ve certainly got an interesting selection there! Happy reading.

  3. Forsaken looks amazing!!! Great post. Thank you for following me, and I have returned the favor :0)

    Here’s my In My Mailbox, for anyone else who would like to see it:
    http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2011/05/in-my-mailbox-7.html

  4. Awesome haul! The Temeraire books look really awesome! I’ll have to check them out!

  5. I agree with everyone… WOW!

    PS Just saw the finale of Vampire Diaries…. I can only say one thing… DAMON ! Please bite ME! ;P

  6. I also got a copy of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter this week. I’m looking forward to reading it. Great mailbox this week, happy reading!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads
    My IMM

  7. I read the first Temeraire book ages ago, but it was just called ‘Temeraire’ then and had a really old fashioned looking cover, these look much nicer now. 😀
    I didn’t enjoy it much when I first read it but that was a few years ago and my tastes have changed. I’ll look out for your reviews and see what you think.

    Haven’t read any of the Vampire diaries books, but i’ve heard such good things, I may have to try them.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, have a great week. 😀

  8. I’ve seen Naomi Novik’s books at bookstore and can’t wait to hear what ou think of those. Forsaken sounds good!

  9. Oh, I really need to get through FORSAKEN. I started it twice and never got past page 10, although this book sounded so good before!
    Hope you enjoy all your new reads:)

  10. I still have to read the Demon Trapper. Looking forward to what you think. Happy reading!

    My IMM

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