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In My MailboxIn My Mailbox: August 29, 2010: 08/28/10

The idea behind IMM was not only to put new books on your radar but to also encourage blogger interaction. IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. And sometimes other fun goodies.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you've bought or books that you've gotten at the library.

I received some books for review, purchased two and got one as a gift.

The Eleventh Hour Can't Last Forever by Alison Johnson (received from author)

Cover artGoodReads description:

Two tons of silver and gold coins, hundreds of thousands of nickels, dimes, quarters, and gold pieces. They were under our beds, in the kitchen cupboards, up in the attics, in the bottom of dresser drawers, in holes in the ground. My father was obsessed with gathering up these coins and hiding them away in any likely spot in the houses and garages and store buildings he owned in our tiny town on the mid-Western prairie. Nothing could shake his belief that the total collapse of the American economy and government was just around the corner, a collapse that would bring anarchy and rioting in the streets.

With this shadow of Armageddon always hanging over him, Dad believed that he could save his family from disaster only by collecting as much gold and silver as he could lay his hands on.

Vanished: Morlah's Quest by David Daigle (received from the author)

Cover artGoodReads description:

An Epic Fantasy Adventure Morlah the Druid suddenly awakes from over six hundred years of Druid Sleep to find the entire community of the Druid Keep in Parintia gone. The Elven capitol city of Mildra is deserted. Everyone he knows has died while he was in his slumbers, except his chief nemesis, the Black Mage, Daektoch. He seeks comfort among the remaining Elves before going off in search of answers. The Dwarves refuse him, Breezon is a ruined city, and the provincial capitol is not far behind. Star, a prostitute from Breezon, flees the city to avoid hanging for killing a customer who beat her. She makes for Heros, but trouble soon finds the one who is carrying the Elfstones that the Druid needs. Easom, a young Druid from Breezon, seeks the Elfstone that will lead them to soiccat, the stone needed to restore the lost population of Mildra. He travels with three Dwarves, and his trials become pivotal to the resolution of the tale. Also, a unique and unexpected ending for our beloved villain, Daektoch.

How to Crash a Killer Bash by Penny Warner (purchased)

Cover artGoodReads description:

Presley Parker is hosting a Murder Mystery party thrown by a notorious yet benevolent curator, Mary lee Miller. But when the role play becomes terrifyingly real, and Mary Lee is found dead, Presley kicks her sleuthing into high gear-only to find that someone wants the life of the party dead too...



Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder (purchased)

Cover artGoodReads description:

There's never before been a book like Gallop! Employing a patented new technology called Scanimation, each page is a marvel that brings animals, along with one shining star, to life with art that literally moves. It's impossible not to flip the page, and flip it again, and again, and again.

A first book of motion for kids, it shows a horse in full gallop and a turtle swimming up the page. A dog runs, a cat springs, an eagle soars, and a butterfly flutters. Created by Rufus Butler Seder, an inventor, artist, and filmmaker fascinated by antique optical toys, Scanimation is a state-of-the-art six-phase animation process that combines the "persistence of vision" principle with a striped acetate overlay to give the illusion of movement. It harkens back to the old magical days of the kinetoscope, and the effect is astonishing, like a Muybridge photo series springing into action—or, in terms kids can relate to, like a video without a screen.

Hidden Walks in the East Bay & Marin by Stephen Altschuler (birthday gift from my mother)

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Thirty walking tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tours follow paths, lanes, stairways, and streets. Walkers encounter creeks, waterfalls, redwood groves, and enchanting homes that blend into the landscape. Commentary on architecture, local & regional history, and flora and fauna. Half the tours have added historical essays. Each tour has a detailed map.




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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 03:02:46

Spellboundbybooks Melissa

Interesting bunch of books.

Hope you enjoy reading these :)

Comment #2: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:30:30


Thank you. I'll have to squeeze them in with all my assigned reading.

Comment #3: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 09:17:37


Those all look good :). Hope you enjoy.

Comment #4: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:38:39


Thank you. I will just have to schedule them in with all my homework.

Comment #5: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 09:29:38


Nice variety of books there! Hope you enjoy them all!

Comment #6: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:39:29


Thank you. I hope I do too.

Comment #7: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 10:43:50

Lillie H (AliseOnLife)

Nice collection of books. I'm especially intrigued by How to Crash a Killer Bash. Enjoy!

Comment #8: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:41:04


How to Crash a Killer Bash is delightful. It's the sequel to How to Host a Killer Party. I love Penny Warner's books.

Comment #9: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 12:03:31

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

how to crash a killer bash looks adorable!! enjoy!

Comment #10: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:47:49


It's as good as it looks. You can't go wrong with her mysteries.

Comment #11: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 12:20:16

Shera (Book Whispers)

Some very cool books, hope you enjoy them!

Comment #12: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:49:22


Thank you. I'm currently reading and enjoying the Penny Warner book.

Comment #13: Sunday, August, 29, 2010 at 14:33:44


Such a varied book choice! Have fun reading all of them:)

Comment #14: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:51:49


Thank you. My tastes are all over the place.

Comment #15: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 16:43:37

bermudaonion (Kathy)

The Eleventh Hour book sounds fascinating! I hope you have another great week in books.

Comment #16: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:52:46


I agree. I does look fascinating.

Comment #17: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 17:19:40


These all look great. Enjoy and have great week!

Comment #18: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:53:17


Thank you. I have to do my assigned reading first before I can get to the fun reading.

Comment #19: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 17:54:14

Jenny N

Nice mailbox, I havent read any of these titles but I hope you'll enjoy them all.

Comment #20: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:55:57


Thank you.

Comment #21: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 20:31:45


I would love the Hidden Walks in the East Bay! That's where I'm from! Nice mailbox this week.

Comment #22: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:56:03


I currently live in the East Bay so the book was a perfect gift.

Comment #23: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 21:17:53


I saw Gallop at Costco - what a cool book!

Comment #24: Monday, August 30, 2010 at 19:57:59


We also have Waddle, another book in the series.

Comment #25: Monday, August, 30, 2010 at 23:12:30


I love the cover for Vanished. I'll definitely have to check that one out. Enjoy your books :)

Comment #26: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:03:31


Great. I will get it reviewed as soon as I can but my school work is seriously cutting into my reading and blogging time.

Comment #27: Tuesday, August, 31, 2010 at 18:12:04


How to Crash a Killer Bash. Love the title. Cover looks cute too.

Comment #28: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:04:18


It's a fun book. I'm about half way through it.

Comment #29: Wednesday, September, 1, 2010 at 08:23:30


The Gallop book sounds cool. I've seen it in the store but never paid much attention to it, unfortunately.

Comment #30: Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:04:18


Flip through Gallop the next time you're in a bookstore. It's worth seeing the animations.

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