Sunday, January 31, 2010
Mailbox Monday-- The P.O. Has Most of 'em
Mailbox Monday is my favorite meme. It's hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page, and if you'd like to join in the fun, click on that redhead over on the left. She'll take you right to the heart of the action. Thanks, Marcia!
Last week was a slow one because Denis and I were out of town for most of it. One book managed to sneak through on Monday, and we came home Saturday to one waiting on the doorstep. If I got more than that, then the post office is keeping them safe for me, and they'll show up on next week's Mailbox post. So... 3 books to new Paperback Swap (PBS) foster homes and 2 books in. Here's the scoop on the two that I received:
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (PBS). "Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying."
The Highest Stakes by Emery Lee (ARC from Sourcebooks). "All thoroughbred horses in the world to this very day can trace their blood back to three specific Arabian stallions imported to England in the early part of the 18th century. Against this backdrop comes a painstakingly researched novel with breathtaking scenes of real races, real horses, glimpses of the men who cared for them, and the tensions of those who owned and controlled them. In 18th century England and Colonial Virginia, when high-spirited stallions filled the stables of the lords of the land and fortunes were won and lost on the outcome of a race, a love story unfolds between a young woman for whom her uncle's horses are her only friends and the young man who teaches her everything about their care and racing. When she's forced into marriage, his only hope of winning her back is to race his horse to reclaim all that was stolen from him—his land, his dignity, and his love."
That's all for this week. Don't forget to stop by next week when I'll have a whole new batch of goodies from my mailbox!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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