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  1. What's on the Bookshelf

    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    I am so excited about the books that I got this week - all courtesy of my library! If you aren't already taking advantage of your local library then you need to get down there right now and sign up!

    Drood by Dan Simmons
    I have seen some good reviews of Drood and I have high hopes for it. Drood, as I have been told, is a sort of historical science fiction-fantasy horror mystery novel starring non other than Charles Dickens. I am definitely looking forward to cracking open this one.

    The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary
    Yet another historical novel. I am really interested in exploring historical fiction at the moment. I recently read a really good review of this book and I wish I could remember which blog it was on so I can credit the review writer. Anyway, having spotted The Alchemy of Murder while filling the new arrivals display at work, I was convinced that I should give it a try. While Drood lays claim to Charles Dickens, The Alchemy of Murder hosts in its cast of characters the likes of Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, and Louis Pasteur. 

    The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
    Happy dance time! I loved Brett's novel The Painted Man (also published as The Warded Man) and I have been keen to get my hands on The Desert Spear ever since its recent release.

    In the meantime, you can check out my review of The Painted Man right here.

    The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex
    Next to the other tomes that I picked up this week, this book by Swiss author Jacques Chessex sticks out as being only 110 pages. Set in 1903, The Vampire of Ropraz is not a literal vampire story but is about how a superstitious and downtrodden village in Switzerland reacts to a series of brutal mutilations of the bodies of dead women as well as the man that the identify as the "Vampire".

    *In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren Go here to find out more.

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  2. 8 comments:

    1. your library is clearly far superior to mine - it has barely anything in it

    2. Terra said...

      @kirstylouise1984 - I am so sorry to hear that. While I admit that I may be biased because I actually work at my library I really do think that we have a pretty good selection. Does your library accept suggestions for purchase? If you are unhappy with the selection let them know what you would like to see on the shelves.

    3. Nikki-ann said...

      It sounds like you've got a good collection of books to read there. I hope you enjoy them :)

    4. vvb32 reads said...

      i like this set of books. sounds like drood and alchemy of murder might have a touch of steampunk? yesss, all on my list now ;-D

    5. Jenny N. said...

      Nice books. I always find something I like at the library and its only up the block from my house so I go all the time. Happy reading :)

    6. the first two look soooo good!! Thanks for sharing, i hadn't heard of them before :)

    7. Alayne said...

      Some good books! Literary and fun. My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

    8. I remember there was another blogger how read Drood and I think they enjoyed it. So I hope you do as well. I have Desert Spear on my shelf here as well. I am looking forward to getting to it. :) Have a great week!

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