Sunday, February 1, 2009

In My Mailbox 1

I actually didn't get anything in the mail this week, but I did buy a few books.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Readers as yet unfamiliar with Link (Magic for Beginners) will be excited to discover her singular voice in this collection of nine short stories, her first book for young adults. The first entry, The Wrong Grave, immediately demonstrates her rare talents: a deadpan narration that conceals the author's metafictional sleight-of-hand (Miles had always been impulsive. I think you should know that right up front); subjects that range from absurd to mundane, all observed with equidistant irony. Miles, hoping to recover the poems he's buried with his dead girlfriend, digs up what appears to be the wrong corpse (It's a mistake anyone could make, interjects the narrator), who regains life and visits her mother, a lapsed Buddhist (Mrs. Baldwin had taken her Buddhism very seriously, once, before substitute teaching had knocked it out of her'). Other stories have more overtly magical or intertextual themes; in each, Link's peppering of her prose with random associations dislocates readers from the ordinary. With a quirky, fairytale style evocative of Neil Gaiman, the author mingles the grotesque and the ethereal to make magic on the page.

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she's part-time shrink to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming, but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering corpses whenever you leave the house, it's kinda hard to score a date. Let's just say Megan's love life could use some major resuscitation.
Megan's convinced her life can't get any worse - until someone in school starts using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into scary, hardcore flesh-eating Zombies. Now it's up to Megan to stop the Zombie apocalypse. Her life - and more importantly, the homecoming dance - depends on it.

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with "the dust of one hundred dogs," dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body-with her memories intact.
Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.

Okay, so that's it for this week. I work in a bookstore, so I tend to buy a lot of books. Thank God for that discount. Now I have to go actually write the paper I've been avoiding. See you next time.
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  1. You have had a great week. You are so Undead to me is simply amazing, full kick butt action and some romance. I also recieved the The Dust of 100 Dogs this week and will devour it as soon as I finish my current read.

    Here's to a good week and happy reading :)

  2. I got Kiss Me Kill Me too! And you are So Undead to Me looks really cute, too. Oh...can't wait for Dust of 100 Dogs!

  3. Ooo Carrie, I'm holding a contest for people who've bough Dust of 100 Dogs over on my blog - the prize is $100 in gift cards and a bunch of signed books! Come join us :)


  4. well you bought some great books!!! and you're reading dust!! so good!

  5. Awesome, I want a lot of these, especially Dust and Pretty Monsters. Good week.


  6. I found your blog in Kimharrisons drama book and I read the reviews of the your i really love them. the books that i was drawn to was dust of 100 dogs and evermore. I add them to my book list. I really want to enter that contest to win those books.