Apr 172011

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren to showcase the new books that you received in the past week. Here are my newest reads (all summaries from Goodreads):

Books won:

Somewhere Over the Sun by Adi Alsaid won in giveaway at Roof Beam Reader

Alan, a spirited young writer with a wandering imagination has discovered that the stories he writes are suddenly coming to life. At the suggestion of his loving father, Alan embarks on a quixotic journey to visit friends and use his new found gift to write them all happier lives. There are a few limitations to his power; he can’t cure diseases, he can’t summon pots of gold, and headaches accompany each reality-infused story he lives out, but the appreciative and optimistic Alan is not deterred from creating fantastical characters and storylines to give his friends more literary lives.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury won in giveaway at Reviews from Martha’s Bookshelf

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs or the joy of watching pages consumed by flames, never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then Guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…

From NetGalley:

The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert

The purported kidnapping of a young local girl and the secretive printing of an infamous, long awaited, infamous YA fantasy novel capture the imaginations of an octogenarian obituary writer, whose eccentric family owns the local newspaper and the printing company, and of her small Midwestern community that profits from the publicity of both.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being alone for the weekend means freedom from his parents and the chance to play computer games and hang outwith his friends without hassle from his mother. Then Yellowstone erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek, searching for his family and finding help in Darla, his travel partner. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

Ebooks Purchased (or Free):

The Witch Queen’s Secret by Anna Elliott

In the shadow of King Arthur’s Britain, a young mother will need all her courage to save the Queen’s castle from the hands of a traitor… A stand-alone story of Trystan and Isolde featuring a secondary character from the universe of Anna Elliott’s Twilight of Avalon.

Dawn of Avalon by Anna Elliott

He would become the most powerful wizard in the history of Britain—Merlin. She would become Britain’s most storied sorceress—Morgan le Fay. But before they were legends, they were young. And they were lovers. Together, in the sunlight of one day long ago, they saved a kingdom. Dawn of Avalon. A stand-alone story from the universe of Anna Elliott’s Twilight of Avalon.

Mind Cafe by Lizzy Ford

The Mind Café: death’s waiting room and the only refuge for a woman trapped in her body after a tragic accident leaves her unable to do anything but watch the world and think. A fiction, paranormal short story just under 5,000 words, part of a larger collection of stories depicting a day in the life of the unique.  

Soaring – A Short Story by Flavio Olcese

Los Angeles and Washington DC receive unexpected visitors and everyone is scrambling to find out what they are. Julie Rumley, a scientist from Chicago, will find out whether she wants to or not. Soaring is a short story meant to activate your imagination.

  4 Responses to “In My Mailbox April 17”

  1. An interesting IMM. I really like the look of Ashfall.

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  2. I got a review copy of Ashfall too though it's pub date is ages away so going to try and forget about it for a bit!

  3. Hello, stopping by to check out your reads. Ashfall reads like a good one i would be interested in.

  4. Oooh, I'm intrigued by Ashfall too! You've got an abundance of books — enjoy them! 🙂

    Here's my IMM 🙂

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