Saturday, June 26, 2010

In My Mailbox (49)

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Library:
Author: My Sword Hand Is Singing
Title: Marcus Sedgwick
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: “WHEN TOMAS AND HIS SON, Peter, settle in Chust as woodcutters, Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut, so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long, battered box, whose mysterious contents he is forbidden to know.”

Author: R.L. Stine
Title: The First Scream
Series: Fear Street- Fear Park (book 1)
Publication Date: 1996
Synopsis: “When her businessman father decides to open up a new amusement park despite the curse of the Fear family, Dierdre Bradley is caught in a seemingly endless nightmare ride.”

Author: Joan Bauer
Title: Thwonk
Publication Date: 1996
Synopsis: “Imagine having a personal cupid—an actual winged being—pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. The catch is he can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically. That's what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary. A. J. knows she should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art school. But she's spent five torturous months obsessed with handsome hunk, Peter Terris. Just one shot from the cupid's bow and thownk, A. J. will have the undying devotion of handsome Peter...forever.”

Author: Richard Yancey
Title: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
Series: Alfred Kropp (book 1)
Publication Date: 2005
Synopsis: “Alfred Kropp is the last person you’d think could save the world. But when this oversized underachiever gets roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme, his life takes a turn for the extraordinary. Little does Alfred know he has been tricked into stealing Excalibur–the legendary sword of King Arthur–and the most powerful weapon ever wielded by man. With an ancient order of knights in hot cars, thugs on motorcycles, and a mysterious international organization following his every lumbering step, Alfred undertakes a modern-day quest to unravel a thousand-year-old mystery and return the sword to its rightful place.”

Author: John Dickson Carr
Title: Four Complete Dr. Fell Mysteries; To Wake the Dead, The Blind Barber, The Crooked Hinge, and The Case of the Constant Suicides
Series: Dr. Fell Mystery
Publication Date: 1938; 1934; 1938; 1941
Synopsis: "To Wake the Dead: South African drunkenly bets a friend that he can travel from Capetown to London, on his own by Feb 1, without any money and without any aid except for his own wits. Murder ensues, as does the gargantuan Fell.


The Blind Barber: A shipboard mystery/comedy concerning the murder of a woman, whose body subsequently disappears, the loss of a valuable emerald, and recurrent assault and battery on the ship's captain by various blundering would-be detectives. This is the most blatantly farcical of all his books, with a lot of drunken shenanigans and a truly ditzy heroine. Fell does his detection from his arm chair, after the fact (smart man!).


The Crooked Hinge: John wasn't the heir, but the black sheep of the family when he was packed off to Colorado via the spanking, new ocean liner, 'Titanic.' He was thought to have died when his ship sank on her maiden voyage, but after his older brother dies without issue, not one but two John Farnleighs show up within a year of each other to claim the family estate and title.

The Case of the Constant Suicides: in which Dr. Fell lays a Scottish ghost and investigates the mysterious death of old Angus Campbell. Was it was accident, suicide, or murder?"

Author: Joan Bauer
Title: Rules of the Road
Publication Date: 1998
Synopsis: "Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone’s Shoe Store in Chicago. Standing a gawky 5'11'' at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd - for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn’t stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone's Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. Now Jenna Boller shoe salesperson is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her crusty old employer for an eye-opening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road - and the rules of life."

Author: Claudia Gray
Title: Stargazer
Series: Evernight (book 2)
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "The vampire in me was closer to the surface . . .
Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them. But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.
Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies. Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning. . . ."

 As you can probably tell I went a bit overboard this week when I went to the library, but I can tell you that My Sword Hand is Singing, The First Scream, Thwonk, and the first two books by John Dickson Carr were fantastic since I have finished them already. And that The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp is so far an excellent read.
As of this moment I'm just biding my time till I can start reading Rules of the Road (one of my all time favorite reads) and Stargazer (Evernight was pretty good, so I hope that I'm not disappointed by the sequel).
Hope y'all had just as good a week in books as I did.

3 comments:

  1. Wow the first cover is really creepy, but stargazer is really pretty. Happy reading.

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  2. Good selection this week: Happy Reading! Here is my IMMB if you want a peek: Blkosiner Book Blog

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