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Imminent Arrivals and TBR

Since I didn’t quite manage to finish my current read on the bus this morning (I literally had to stop in the middle of the climax.  I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS), I thought I’d do something a little bit different today.  As you all know, I use PaperBackSwap for acquiring a lot of my books.  It lets you sort your wishlist by estimated time to fulfillment, so I thought I’d share with you guys the books that are estimated to be mine shortly.

Woman in the woods.First up, I’ve been waiting for this book forever: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.  All I really know about it is it’s a post-apocalyptic zombie story with a girl/woman/female-okay! at the center of the plot.  I love all things zombie.  Love.  They’re grotesque and fabulous and really fit my dark sense of humor to a T.  This is one of those books that will jump to the top of the TBR pile when it arrives.

Black and white image of women.Next is The Groupby Mary McCarthy.  This got added to my wishlist after reading Nymeth‘s review of it.  It’s about eight female Vassar graduates in the 1930s and the struggles they faced as women at that time.  I’m a sucker for stories about the struggles women face due simply to the fact that we’re women, and the early 1900s are a favorite time period of historical fiction for me.

Giant moon over snowy earth.Third is yet another post-apocalyptic book: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  I can only explain my post-apocalypse obsession by pointing at my fundamentalist Christian upbringing.  Or maybe I just enjoyed the apocalypse sermons because I secretly love tales of suffering.  Take your pick.  Anywho, this one is in journal form, a format I came to love through those Dear America books back when I was in middle school.  This particular apocalypse takes the form of an asteroid hitting the moon, moving it closer to the Earth and giving us some fun Arctic weather.  I’ve heard good titterings from my fellow librarians on this one.

Ok, so I also have books in my TBR pile, so I’m going to show you guys 3 random books from there.  If there’s one you sorely want reviewed soon, tell me now!

Person in a tree.I stumbled upon The Integral Trees by Larry Niven on PaperBackSwap’s customized homepage (it shows me recently added scifi, horror, and memoirs).  The cover caught my attention, so I checked out the description.  It’s supposed to be about a planet where humans evolved to live without gravity and live among the trees.  All other life forms also live among the trees, including the fish.  Honestly, it reminded me a lot of Wii Mario Galaxy, so there you have it.

Torn page in a notebook.A pretty recent arrival, I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells features an untrustworthy narrator with sociopathic tendencies who spends the book trying to convince us and himself that he’s not a serial killer.  Kind of reminds me of Dexter-lite.  I was really stoked for this the whole time it was on my wishlist, but I haven’t touched it since it arrived.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe I’d enjoy it more if it was called, Yeah, I’m a Serial Killer, Deal With It, Bitch.  As is, it just seems like the author was afraid to take it to the edge that Dexter is at.  Prove me wrong, people!

Cartoon of a woman sitting on a tombstone.Finally, there’s Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.  Yes, it’s yet another paranormal romance series, and I have yet to finish the two that I’m on (Demon Slayer and Sookie), but well this one seems a lot more like Shopaholic, plus it’s not in the south, which is a huge plus.  I mean, really, why must all tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance take place in the south, whereas the dull I’m-a-huge-bitch-because-I-was-wounded-as-a-child-LOOK-AT-MY-TATTOOS paranormal romance take place in the north?  Sooo dull.  So, yeah, I have high hopes for this series.

That’s it!  Please tell me what you think, my lovely readers!

  1. June 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth is great. It’s a literary take on zombies, which makes for a nice change. It’s also set after the zombie apocalypse instead of during it — another nice change.

    Life As We Knew It — I’m listening to the audiobook in my car and it’s wreaked havoc on my gas mileage. I’m idling longer, driving out of my way, and more just to keep listening to it.

    I Am Not A Serial Killer — People describe it as YA Dexter because you can’t say how or why it’s mind-blowing without spoiling it.

    • June 24, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Ah, Terry, you’re making me wish my imminent arrivals were here already!

      Oh, hm, a mind-blowing secret element to Serial Killer, eh? That definitely makes it more enticing!

    • July 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Ok. I need to know why how it’s mind-blowing is a spoiler as I’ve finished it and didn’t notice anything that would be a spoiler!

  2. jpetroroy
    June 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Ditto for Terry’s comments on both FOHT and LAWKI. I listened to them both on audio and adored them!

    • June 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Ahh, you guys are making me so impatient! 🙂

  3. elizabethsidley
    June 25, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Thanks to your descriptions, I’ll now be adding four of those books to my list of “must reads”. I think it’s up in the thousands by now…Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about them!

    • June 25, 2010 at 8:32 am

      Oh excellent! Of course, you do have me curious as to which 4, lol! I’m glad you’re looking forward to my reviews. 🙂

  4. July 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I Am Not a Serial Killer is on my TBR pile as well, especially since I went to junior high and high school with Dan (in a pretty small group of thirty or so) and am very curious to see how his writing turned out.

    • July 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

      Hey, that’s cool! Do you follow him on Twitter?

    • July 13, 2010 at 8:26 am

      So I’m reading it now, and I was all “wait, he’s speaking British English, I thought Anna went to school with him?” Then I realized I somehow wound up with the British English translation of the book. *face-palm*

      • July 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

        That’s awesome! I’m surprised they went through the effort to do that, though.

        So what do you think so far?

      • July 13, 2010 at 9:01 am

        I like it, but I wish I had the US copy. The stupid Britishisms and spellings keep throwing me out of the story. 😦 I don’t mind them in a book set in the UK, obviously, but they’re distracting in one set in the US.

    • July 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

      I’ve decided you need to give him a huge hug for me, even if it’s awkward. 😉

  5. July 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Do you want me to send you mine? I am pretty sure it’s free of such annoyances.

    • July 13, 2010 at 9:18 am

      You’re so sweet! (Of course I knew this already), but I only have 2 chapters left at this point anyway, as I was stuck on a bus running 40 minutes late yesterday. But thank you!

      • July 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

        Hope you’re enjoying it — and not pulled out too much.

  1. July 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

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