On The Blog

The last week has been pretty sad. I did not get the reading I wanted to do done. First of all, there were the events of 1 October (the official name for the Las Vegas shooting in which 58 people lost their lives and several more are still in critical condition). I live in Las Vegas, so I’ve been trying to do what I can to comfort friends and strangers alike. Then, I babysat Miss Four from Wednesday all the way to yesterday. 24/7 babysitting. :-/

So, all that happened on the blog last week was my First Chapter, First Paragraph Intro Tuesday post where I highlighted a couple of my favorite Literary Fiction reads from the last few months.

I did manage to get out on my motorcycle for a while yesterday though, so go me!

In My Mailbox

For as busy as I was, it was a busy weekend for my amazing USPS guy!  I received three books.

First up, we have the latest by Stephen King and his son, Owen. I have a love/hate relationship with Mr. King. If I don’t enjoy the book after the first chapter, I generally abandon it. If I get past that, I know I’m going to love it. We’ll see how this one goes …

Mailbox MondaySleeping Beauties by Stephen KingOwen King
Published By: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural
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In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

Bookish Biker - October Book Of The Month Club

Then my Book of the Month box arrived. Love getting this every month, even if it means my TBR pile is getting ever taller …

Mailbox MondayManhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Published By: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Historical, General
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The daring and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

“Immensely satisfying…an old-fashioned page-turner, tweaked by this witty and sophisticated writer…Egan is masterly at displaying mastery…she works a formidable kind of magic.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Dares to satisfy us in a way that stories of an earlier age used to.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Egan’s prose is transparent and elegant…But the chief joy of reading Manhattan Beach lies in diving under the surface pleasures of the plot (which are plentiful—it’s immersive and compelling), and sinking slowly to its dark and unknowable depths. There are deep truths there.” —Vox

“Excellent…Manhattan Beach is a fleet, sinuous epic, abounding with evocative details and felicitous metaphors…[it] magnificently captures the country on the brink of triumph and triumphalism.” —Bookforum

“Egan’s first foray into historical fiction makes you forget you’re reading historical fiction at all.” —Elle

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.

‎Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again, and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. It is a magnificent novel by the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, one of the great writers of our time.

Mailbox MondayThe Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths, Thrillers, Suspense, Crime, Family Life, Small Town & Rural
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Rosalind's secrets didn't die with her.

The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but Rosalind Ryan, whose beauty and inscrutability exerted a magnetic pull on Smithson High School, first during Rosalind's student years and then again when she returned to teach drama.

As much as Rosalind's life was a mystery to Gemma when they were students together, her death presents even more of a puzzle. What made Rosalind quit her teaching job in Sydney and return to her hometown? Why did she live in a small, run-down apartment when her father was one of the town's richest men? And despite her many admirers, did anyone in the town truly know her?

Rosalind's enigmas frustrate and obsess Gemma, who has her own dangerous secrets--an affair with her colleague and past tragedies that may not stay in the past. Brilliantly rendered, THE DARK LAKE has characters as compelling and mysteries as layered as the best thrillers from Gillian Flynn and Sophie Hannah.

That’s it! Anything in my mailbox float your boat? Let me know! You can learn more about Mailbox Monday here 🙂