In my mailbox (7)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Here are the books I received this week.

Here's what I received this week.

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales
A lovesick count and the ghost of his brutalized servant . . . a serial killer who defies death . . . a house with a violent mind of its own and another that holds a grotesque secret within its peeling walls. 

Here are witches who feast on faces, changeling rites of passage, a venerable vampire contemplating his end, and a fanged brat who drains the patience of a bumbling teenage boy.

 Here too are a flamboyant young novelist in search of a subject more compelling than his own eerie existence and the daughter of a sorcerer fighting to free her lover and her will from sinister bonds.

Enter the world of GOTHIC!, a celebration of the literary form made famous by such writers as Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

My name is Madison Avery, and I'm here to tell you that there's more out there than you can see, hear, or touch. Because I'm there. Seeing it. Touching it. Living it.

Madison's prom was killer—literally. For some reason she's been targeted by a dark reaper—yeah, that kind of reaper—intent on getting rid of her, body and soul.

But before the reaper could finish the job, Madison was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away.

Now she's stuck on Earth—dead but not gone. Somehow the amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to toe the line between life and death.

She still doesn't know why the dark reaper is after her, but she's not about to just sit around and let fate take its course.

With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys! Maybe . . . ), her cute crush, and oh yeah, her guardian angel, Madison's ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her.

Well, if she believed in that stuff.

The Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder

Through five intense years in the 1970s, Steinn and Solrunn had a happy life together. Then they suddenly parted ways, for reasons that are unclear to both. In the summer of 2007 they meet again on a balcony of an old wooden hotel by a fjord in western Norway.

It is a place they both have fond memories from, and their meeting turns out to be fateful. But is it purely coincidental that they meet at that particular spot at that particular time?

Over a couple of weeks that summer they write emails to each other, and it becomes clear that they have been living with very different interpretations of their shared past.

THE CASTLE IN THE PYRENEES is both a love story and a novel of ideas, exploring the place of human consciousness in the universe. Its main theme is of great current interest: can science explain everything, or does some invisible force influence our lives?

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité -- known as Tété -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage.

Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tété finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. 

It will be eight years before he brings home a bride - but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.

That's it from me for this week. I was really hoping to go out and buy Shadow Hills and Linger, but will hopefully get around to it this week. Still, I'm looking forward to reading all of these, especially considering the fact that both Jostein Gaarder and Isabel Allende are 2 of my favourite authors of all time.

What's in your mailbox this week?


asamum said…
I love the cover of Gothis. I have had Once Dead, Twice Shy on my list for a while, looking forward to seeing what you think. Happy reading :D
Meg said…
No way! Just yesterday I was looking at the book Gothic at that bookstore where I'm vacationing. I was about to pick it up and get it! I might just change my mind! Lemme know what you think of it!
Aisle B said…
Excited to see Allende's Island Beneath the Sea in your loot. Let me know how it fares and Gothic sounds incredible with an array of authors lined up for this compilation. Will wait for your thumbs up or down for this one.

Will post mine tomorrow so for now will carrouse about here to catch up on your latest.

PS saw Eclipse yesterday and it was well done. They cut alot but that's expected since you can't be expected to include everything in a movie. Saw clips for Harry Potter and that looks AMAZING!
Jenny said…
I'll be interested to see if you like Once Dead, Twice Shy! I've read Harrison's Rachel Morgan series but haven't tried her YA yet, I look forward to your review. I'm a new follower as well:)
i'm curious about the kim harrison book! enjoy!

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