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Imminent Arrivals and TBR #2

The first time I did an Imminent Arrivals and TBR post it turned out to be surprisingly popular with you guys. Yay!  So I decided to continue doing them periodically.

Imminent Arrivals (books with the shortest estimated arrival from PaperBackSwap)

Paintbrush on woman's chest.Top of the queue is Blindspot by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore.  I honestly have no idea what this book is about, but Jane Kamensky was my advisor for my History major in university.  She mysteriously took a year’s sabbatical and only told us later it was to write this book.  She specializes in US History, particularly women’s roles and colonial New England.  I kind of heart her.  A lot.  She’s a brilliant woman and taught me so much.  How could I not read her book?

Woman in a red dress.Next is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.  You guys know that I don’t normally do fantasy, but the concept of a woman convicted of murder being offered the choice between immediate death or being the food taster for the Commander of Ixia really struck me.  There’s a lot of room for interesting plot there from the methods and types of poisoning to free will to the original murder.  I’m curious and hopeful this will be a door into fantasy for me.  Or at least a window.

Woman standing in front of a city skyline.Third in line is Deadtown by Nancy Holzner.  It sounds largely like your typical paranormal plot-line (woman must keep people safe from monsters) but it’s set in Boston!  I mean I have to read anything set in Boston that isn’t about the Irish mob.  I get so sick of Boston equating Irish mob in people’s heads.  Anyway, it also appears to feature every type of paranormal creature you can imagine, so it should at least be entertaining.


Woman's blurry face.I’m trying to dig down to the books that have been in my TBR pile the longest.  First is S by John Updike.  After reading The Witches of Eastwick and enjoying it, I poked around to see what else Updike has written.  I have a weakness for epistolary novels, and this one is a bit unique in that it is set in the 1960s as opposed to the 1800s or some such.  The letters are also from a woman living on a religious commune.  It all sounds rather fascinating, but I’m not sure if I’m in the mood for what could be a slow-paced novel right now.

Woman wearing a glowing necklace.Also sitting on the TBR shelf for a while is Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.  It was recommended to me by a friend due to my love of Margaret Atwood.  I honestly didn’t even read the summary at the time, just bought it.  Allow me to go look at the blurb.  Ok.  It’s set in the future and is about a woman who is an empath–a person who is crippled by the pain of others.  Ohhh, this sounds really good!

Wires.Finally there’s Neuromancer by William Gibson, which was recommended to me by an IT geek friend of mine.  It’s about a computer cowboy who gets banished from cyberspace (I think it’s fairly obvious that this is set in the future).  Rumors of a movie keep circulating, so I do want to get on this relatively soon.  I just hope it won’t disappoint me the way Feed did (review).

There we have it!  Please tell me what you think, my lovely readers!

  1. July 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I liked Poison Study and have always wanted to read some Octavia Butler, as well as Neuromancer. Looking forward to your reviews.

    • July 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

      Oh good. That makes me a bit less nervous about venturing into fantasy. But does it have a dead mother? Lol.

  2. July 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Deadtown sounds interesting. I’m looking forward to your review! Also, I love Neuromancer — it’s been about 10 years since I read it last, but it held up at the time.

    • July 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

      Haha, yes, I’m sure my review will be a lot more informative than the blurb I wrote here! Although it probably will contain a bunch of rants like, “That street isn’t there,” or “You could never fit that many bikes in a row down that road.” 😉

  3. jpetroroy
    July 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read Poison Study. Will be interested to see what you think. Recommendation for you: Neil Schusterman’s Unwind. It’s on my TBR list and it seems Amanda-ish 🙂

    • July 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Um, holy crap that sounds amazing, Jen! Thanks for the rec. I’ll add it to my wishlist like now. 🙂

  4. July 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Blindspot was actually pretty good! I read it back around when it came out. I only ever spoke to Jane Kamensky once, but it was fun to read a book by a Brandeis author, and I enjoyed it for itself, too.

    • July 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

      That’s excellent to hear! It’ll be the first time I’ve read something written by someone I know so well in real life.

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