Saturday, August 15, 2009

In My Mailbox (10)

In My Mailbox was started by 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.

Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Title: The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "Bindy Mackenzie is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She memorizes class outlines to help her teachers. She records transcripts of everything said around her. She offers helpful critiques for her fellow students. And she wears crazy nail polish to show she's a free spirit. But then Bindy's life begins to fall apart. She can't stop feeling sleepy and she fails an exam for the first time ever. And--worst of all--she just doesn't care. What could be the cause of all these strange events? Is it conspiracy? Is it madness? Is it . . . murder? Lots of people hate Bindy Mackenzie--but who would actually want to kill her? The answer is in Bindy's transcripts. The detectives are her fellow students. But Bindy has made every one of them into an enemy . . . and time is running out."

Author: M.T. Anderson
Title: Vol. 1 The Pox Party
Series: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (book 1)
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today." 

Author: L.A. Meyer
Title: In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Series: A Bloody Jack Adventure (book 4)
Publication Date: 2006
Synopsis: "The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn't in the cards for a spunky lass who finds trouble even when she's not looking for it. A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky's ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her classmates to fight together to avoid being sold on the auction block in this new installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures."

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Title: The Maltese Falcon
Publication Date: 1930
Synopsis: "A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers."

Author: George Eliot
Title: Silas Marner
Publication Date: 1861
Synopsis: "In rural nineteenth-century England, a weaver, lonely and embittered at the unjust treatment he has received from people he considered to be his friends, finds his only solace in money until he inadvertently becomes the guardian of an orphaned little girl."

As you can see it's that time of week again, which means that I have raided my locale library to find the next book in certain series that I have become hooked on or to start a new one or just to pick up a random book or two that I just felt like reading.
  Now that you know what I'll be reading this week, what's in your box this week?



  1. Enjoy your books!

  2. great books again! really need to read the bloody jack books! heard great things about them! happy reading!

  3. I hadn't heard of your first and third books, they'll be joining my TBR pile! A very good book week, happy reading!

  4. You got some interesting books this week. I've heard that The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing is really good. Happy reading!

  5. Maltese Falcon is a good read, love the movie too!

  6. Great books! I wanna read the murder of bindy!!! lucky you! enjoy!

  7. Great books you got this week. The Murder of Bindi MacKenzie is a really good book. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.

  8. Now that is a diverse list. I've been wanting to read The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie. I loved Feeling Sorry for Celia, so I have high hopes for this one.

    Silas Marner..trying to think back when I read that in high school.


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