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Another accumulation post from Jan/Feb/March. But not that much actually, when I think about it. I’ve been really trying to hold back on the book-buying, which has been successful, so far I think. So there has been a lot of me going to the library and relying on PaperBackSwap….and the comic book store :)

So here we go!

From PaperBackSwap, I got:

We don’t want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: — It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. — The story starts there, but the book doesn’t. — And it’s what happens afterwards that is most important. Once you have read it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don’t tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds. A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers–one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. (One of the marketing people I work with told me that because I liked The Help, I would definitely like this.)

Cinderella’s happily-ever-after isn’t turning out the way she expected. With her fairy godmother imprisoned in the castle and a mysterious stranger haunting her dreams, Cinderella is on her own to discover true love untainted by magic. (Found out about this book at Velvet’s blog. Looks to be self-published, but I am ok with that. Plus it’s a fairy-tale. I’m ok with that too!)

Saladin, a Muslim sultan, finds himself pitted against King Richard the Lionheart as Islam and Christianity clash against each other, launching a conflict that still echoes today. In the midst of a brutal and unforgiving war, Saladin finds forbidden love in the arms of Miriam, a beautiful Jewish girl with a tragic past. But when King Richard captures Miriam, the two most powerful men on Earth must face each other in a personal battle that will determine the future of the woman they both love—and of all civilization. Richly imagined, deftly plotted, and highly entertaining, Shadow of the Swords is a remarkable story that will stay with readers long after the final page has been turned. (Now I have two books by this author read. Eek!)

Aerin Renning is a scarred fugitive, Dane Madousin a rebellious son of privilege. On the surface, they have nothing in common. But the two most competitive freshmen at Academy 7 share an undiscovered bond. Both harbor a dangerous secret that threatens their own destruction. And while their safety depends on their staying apart, the two are inexplicably drawn to each other. Even as unknown forces conspire to separate them, their competition turns to friendship, and their friendship to romance. Now not only their lives—but their hearts—are at stake. To survive, the two must unite all their knowledge, skills, and gifts to uncover a secret bigger than either could have imagined. A secret as big as the entire universe…(I have Aurelia waiting to be read too. Do you notice a trend?)

From the lovely Misty, I got a book for my birthday in February. It was a nice surprise to come home to after getting back at 9pm from class. Once I get out of this reading-for-class funk, this will be one of the first things I’ll be reading:

In this enchanting historical novel, a nomad in nineteenth-century Iran takes fate into her own hands when her father promises her in marriage to a man she dislikes. Anahita convinces her father to let her hold a contest in which potential suitors must correctly answer the riddle she has woven into her wedding carpet. A diplomat, a schoolteacher, a shepherd, and a prince compete in Anahita’s battle of wits for the heart of this extraordinary girl. (Doesn’t it just sound lovely?)

Josh’s mom came to visit us in February for the long weekend and it turned out that I had never taken her to the Strand. She’s a big reader too so I personally found it hard to believe that I totally slipped on that! So, we remedied that situation and while I was holding back on some purchases, I did pick up this:

Ancient Egypt springs to life in this enthralling sequel to Sphinx’s Princess. As she did in Nobody’s Princess and Nobody’s Prize, author Esther Friesner offers readers a fresh look at an iconic figure, blending historical fiction and mythology in a heady concoction. (This is about Nefertiti, and even though I have the first book and have not read it, I still wanted this in hardcover to match my copy of the first. Plus, I loved what the author did with Helen of Troy in her other books.)

This past week, this book came out and the author was doing an event at the Strand on Tuesday. And I couldn’t make it because I had class that night, so I pre-ordered a signed copy and picked it up on Friday. Seriously, I am starting to see another pattern: grad school interfering with my social and reading life.

The conclusion to the Earth’s Children series. (’Nuff said. My god this is a massive tome.)

Now, here are some comic book store goodies that I think might interest some people:

Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power. (My goodness. That cover picture does not do any justice to the actual physical book.I hadn’t realized that the compilation had come out already. I had the first two issues before, but this whole book is just beautiful to look at and to touch. Can’t wait to revisit this story in illustrated format.)

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. (This is one massive compendium! Josh is tackling this at the moment, slowly but surely….)

Created in 1984 as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is a perennial favorite amongst children, especially boys, and adult fans. Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a funny-animal ronin in feudal Japan. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the seven first Usagi books, including the earliest stories; the origin story, “Samurai”; a full graphic novel; and literally dozens more. (And this is the massive compendium that I am tackling at the moment. Because it is so huge, it’s my nightstand reading. But I am quite smitten by this samurai rabbit…)

And I think that pretty much covers it for these past three months. Not too, too bad I think. Now, back to reading about medieval monsters…

*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. Thanks Kristi!*

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