In My Mailbox #06

In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Mondays sporadically, with the intention to  share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads and Amazon for blurbs and covers. Links provided if you’re interested in buying any of the books, or reading a few reviews.

I decided I’d be better to do these posts on Mondays. That’s the day I work in the book shop, so the most likely day I’ll come home with a bundle of books, and it’s also closer to Story Siren’s in my mailbox post on Sundays. It will still be sporadic, but I think this will be a better day to post it on. This week, I have 2 weeks worth of books, and as you can see I’ve been good! Hope you like the new layout as well, thanks to Naithin for that. I spent a very, very long time yesterday trying to get the CSS to work, so also thanks to everybody on Twitter who put up with my crying and tried to help, and Gaz for finally waving his magic wand (I swear he’s really a wizard). I will try to get a header image up soon, just need to think of things to put in it, would love a little commission art to replace the anime bookworm girl I found on Google but I don’t have the money at the moment *hides Rift and the following new books* so that will have to wait.

Watermelon (Walsh Family #1) – Marian Keyes

A hilarious and bittersweet tale of baby-blues and fruitless men.

At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recovery room to tell her that he’s leaving her. Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror. So, in the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father. And there, sheltered by the love of her (albeit quirky) family, she gets better. A lot better. In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.

(Amazon UK/Amazon US/Goodreads)
Genre: Chick Lit

Now, I mentioned this one in my last ‘In My Mailbox’ post as I’d bought Anybody Out There? in the charity shop, got home and discovered it was the bloody 4th in the series. So, I checked Goodreads, discovered this was the first and grabbed it from Amazon second-hand. It was up there for 1p and the post and packaging was £2.80, so I figured I might as well, I’d quite like to see what Keyes books are like. This one arrived a couple of weeks ago but I never got around to doing an ‘In My Mailbox’ last week.

Torc of Moonlight – Linda Acaster

Second year student Nick Blaketon came to Hull’s university to play rugby, drink beer and get laid; none of it is going right for him. Alice Linwood came to focus her studies on uncovering the shrine to a Celtic water goddess and to exorcise an unhappy childhood where too many died by accident. She knows why modern universities surround the North York Moors as once did mediaeval seats of learning. Derventio, Malton’s Roman garrison, holds the key. Nick dismisses her theories as fantasy – until the trees crowd in and he realises that history is not always buried, and it’s not always dead.

How many believers does it need to keep an ancient religion alive?
Just one.
Is it you, isn’t it, who throws coins into a wishing well?

(Amazon UK/Amazon US/Goodreads)
Genre: Fantasy (possibly, haven’t read it yet)

Now this one I actually received for free. I entered a couple of giveaways on Goodreads, just the ones that were open to UK residents and sounded interesting, and I won this one. You know, I don’t win things very often, so I was pretty excited when the email came through telling me I’d won a copy of Torc of Moonlight. I am a tad dubious about the concept, it could be good, and it could as easily be very bad, the only way to find out is to read it and I’m very grateful for any free books. The author signed it and inserted the extras that come with the ebook, so that was very nice.

Surface Detail (Culture #9) – Iain M. Banks

Lededje Y’breq is one of the Intagliated, her marked body bearing witness to a family shame, her life belonging to a man whose lust for power is without limit. Prepared to risk everything for her freedom, her release, when it comes, is at a price, and to put things right she will need the help of the Culture.

Benevolent, enlightened and almost infinitely resourceful though it may be, the Culture can only do so much for any individual. With the assistance of one of its most powerful – and arguably deranged – warships, Lededje finds herself heading into a combat zone not even sure which side the Culture is really on. A war – brutal, far-reaching – is already raging within the digital realms that store the souls of the dead, and it’s about to erupt into reality.

It started in the realm of the Real and that is where it will end. It will touch countless lives and affect entire civilizations, but at the center of it all is a young woman whose need for revenge masks another motive altogether.

(Amazon UK/Amazon US/Goodreads)
Genre: Science Fiction

I think you can see what’s happened here already. Number 9. So, I’d heard this book is very, very good. I spotted this on the shelf in the book shop today and I had to get it. It’s one I really would like to read and I’m sure it would interest the other half too. I checked over the book to see if it was part of a series and I guessed it could be from the wording on the cover, but at the same time, perhaps it’s part of a series in the same way that Discworld is a series. Well anyway, a brand new, hardback copy of this book for £1 is a really damn good price so I did buy it and I checked Goodreads thinking, perhaps it’s the 3rd in the series or something. Number 9. Ah well, I know which to get now and I am looking forward to giving these novels a read, I’ve heard very good things about them. And incase you’re interested in going from the beginning too, you’ll be looking for Consider Phlebas.

3 thoughts on “In My Mailbox #06”

  1. I managed to make the same mistake when I bought “Surface Detail” a couple of weeks back. Read the back carefully and saw that it was part of an older setting, but did not see anything about it being in a series. Should be rule that a book’s series name and number is printed somewhere on the cover.

    Got the first book in the series heading my way from Amazon now. Hopefully it is good enough to warrant read the next eight books as well 🙂

    1. I imagine so. I have heard good things about his scifi novels, and having read The Wasp Factory, I can definitely vouch for him being a very good writer 🙂

      I’m holding off on getting Consider Phlebas because I have so many fantasy series that I want to read at the moment. Waiting on the Well of Ascension at the moment. Hope it turns up on Monday!

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