In My Mailbox (61)
So I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the course of the last five months, the majority coming from Boston Comic Con and San Diego Comic Con. But there is no way I’m going to list all the books that I’ve gotten. Just the really interesting ones. So here it goes:
The Bowery, 1883: Gamblers and thieves, immigrants and Street Arabs, Do-Gooders and charity houses, impossible dreams and impossible odds. This is the story of two “Bowery girls”-the pickpocket Mollie Flynn and the prostitute Annabelle Lee, young women without family or education who must fend for themselves. Two young women whose survival depends on each other. After a chance encounter with Emmeline DuPre, a “Do-Gooder” who has recently opened a settlement house, Mollie and Annabelle are given the opportunity to better themselves. But the city offers many temptations, and on the streets of the Bowery, you do whatever it takes to survive. (Misty had gotten this last week and I was intrigued by the fact that she said there was prostitution involved somehow. That was enough for me. And it was for less than 2 bucks on Amazon!)
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life’s about to change forever. She’s too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels. Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she’s dead – excpet Delia, who knows T.K.’s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia’s still sent to New York to live with her two aunts – a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen. And in case that’s not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother. As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.’s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy…and that some secrets – especially the dangerous ones – were never meant to be unraveled. (I feel like someone recommended this to me but I can’t remember who and when.)
When Oyuna was a baby, a horse accidentally crushed her foot, cursing her family with bad luck. Oyuna vows to restore good fortune to her family…but how? One fateful day, soldiers from the great Khan’s army invade her village to steal horses and gather new soldiers. In hopes of bringing honor to her family, Oyuna courageously disguises herself as a boy and joins the soldiers on their quest. With only her horse and her cat to keep her company, Oyuna sets off on an amazing journey across deserts and mountains-a journey that will change her life forever.
Fugitive Rachel Nolander is a newcomer to the city of Dogsland, where the rich throw parties and the poor just do whatever they can to scrape by. Supported by her brother Djoss, she hides out in their squalid apartment, living in fear that someday, someone will find out that she is the child of a demon. Corporal Jona Lord Joni is a demon’s child too, but instead of living in fear, he keeps his secret and goes about his life as a cocky, self-assured man of the law. The first book in the Dogsland Trilogy, Never Knew Another is the story of how these two outcasts meet. (This had been on my PBS wishlist for sometime. I think I saw it on tor.com one day and it sounded interesting enough to me.)
Daughter of a Norman robber baron, wife to an ambitious young knight, Maria is a courageous young woman struggling to find love, power, and her place in eleventh-century southern Italy. Bold as any of the knights in her husband’s castle, proud as a emperor, Maria pushes boundaries, she schemes, and she refuses to surrender in a world meant for men. (This I found in a store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that sells used books and records. I had several books in my hand but then put them away. As Josh was paying for the records, I saw this in a box. I had never heard of it, although it looks like it had been reissued recently. Above, is the edition I got for just a buck!)
In Swann’s Way, the themes of Proust’s masterpiece are introduced, and the narrator’s childhood in Paris and Combray is recalled, most memorably in the evocation of the famous maternal good-night kiss. The recollection of the narrator’s love for Swann’s daughter Gilberte leads to an account of Swann’s passion for Odette and the rise of the nouveaux riches Verdurins. (Well folks, it’s back to class for me. This time I’m taking only one class and it’s called The Modern European Novel and this is what we’re starting with. Oy! I’m about 100 pages in and I just want to keep putting it down.)
“What strange new world, to have such creatures in it!” Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange, new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness-all qualities that ace mechanic Jack Tenrec, lovely scientist Hannah Dundee and their friends possess in abundance. But even the worthiest of these hardy souls are hard-pressed to surmount the obstacles presented by their new homeland. And when those trials are further compounded by the underhanded and selfish actions of the cutthroat human scavengers they encounter, even the best equipped and bravest among them might not endure. (This is a graphic novel I picked up while at SDCC. It looked interesting. Huge book though!)
The first of three volumes collecting the adventures of the spunky Maggie, her annoying best friend and sometime lover Hopey, and their circle of friends, including their bombshell friend Penny Century, Maggie’s weirdo mentor Izzy—as well as the wrestler Rena Titanon and Maggie’s handsome love interest, Rand Race. Maggie the Mechanic collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends. (I’ve read that this series is perfect for fans of Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise, which, in case you didn’t know, I adore. I had been meaning to read this series for quite some time, and the creator was at SDCC so I snagged a copy there and got it signed.)
So those are the more interesting goodies that I’ve gotten recently. Been really trying to hold back. These comic conventions are not helping in that respect though. And New York Comic Con is just over a month away!
*In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. Thanks Kristi!*