In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Mondays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers.
As it’s a big one this week, I worked on Tuesday last week and found a handful and this week I picked up 5 more (I really need to stop this), I’ve put it under a cut. Should still show the full post in a reader but on the blog you will need to click through.
Further note: I picked up every single one of these from the charity shop for 25p to 50p each. I can’t actually afford this many books brand new.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) – Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he cant seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worsePercy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. Percys mom decides its time that he knew the truth about where he came from. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friendsone a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of AthenaPercy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Whilst I’ve heard terrible things about the movie, I’ve heard great things about the book so I really couldn’t resist buying this copy I found in the shop. It’s in pretty good condition.
The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves — even if we are unsure of who we are?
That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s profound new work, The Witch of Portobello. It is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well — or hardly at all.
This one pretty much just caught my eye. I’m still not entirely sure what it’s about, but I’m interested in reading it to find out.
Affinity – Sarah Waters
An upper-class woman, recovering from a suicide attempt, visits the women’s ward of Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitation. There she meets Selina, an enigmatic spiritualist – and becomes drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Same deal as the one above, really. The “supernatural” or whatever you want to call it has always interested me and this one also caught my attention. It might be a good read, it might not really be my thing, but I’m interested to give it a go.
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) – Robert Jordan
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.
But one truth yet remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not…
What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Ooooh! I’ve been after these for aages and not found book one in any charity, second hand, or warehouse book shop until today. It’s not in great quality, it looks pretty well read, and I don’t usually like that in my books but as I say, been looking for them for ages so when a bag containing what must have been books 1-11 came in this morning I bounced up and down a little. I would have had to pay pull (Amazon) price for it otherwise.
The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) – Robert Jordan
As per usual rules, I’m not putting up the blurb for this book being book two of a series I haven’t read yet.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
I wasn’t sure whether I should grab a few of those incoming books, just the first, or a couple. In the end I decided I’d just grab one and two because I still might not enjoy them and I’d already grabbed a few others. This one was a little less tatty than book one but still fairly well read. As for book three, that one was extremely well read.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t `retiring’ them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal–the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life. Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard’s world things were never that simple. His assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge & deceit–& the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted…
This one has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I suppose if I want to read a bit of scifi I should start with some of the classics. I spotted this one upstairs and can’t complain about that really.
The Conan Chronicles – Robert E. Howard
Contains four of the finest stories of Conan: The People Of the Black Circle, The Devil In Iron, A Witch Shall Be Born, And Jewels of Gwahlur.
Conan the Cimmerian: he rose from boy-thief and mercenary to become king of Aquilonia. Neither supernatural fiends nor demonic sorcery could oppose the barbarian warrior as he wielded his mighty sword and dispatched his enemies to a bloody doom on the battlefields of the legendary Hyborian Age.
Genre: Epic Fantasy
I’m a little miffed that it’s not the complete collection which I’ve had on my wishlist for a couple of years but in the same breath I’ve wanted to get my hands on Conan since I first played the game (which I was enjoying the story of). Plus the cover is pretty!
The End of Mr. Y – Scarlett Thomas
When Ariel Manto uncovers a copy of The End of Mr. Y in a second-hand bookshop, she can’t believe her eyes. She knows enough about its author, the outlandish Victorian scientist Thomas Lumas, to know that copies are exceedingly rare. And, some say, cursed.With Mr. Y under her arm, Ariel finds herself thrust into a thrilling adventure of love, sex, death and time-travel.
This one very much isn’t on my wishlist but it caught my eye. The cover’s bright and eye-catching and the pages are lined with black which gives a very interesting visual effect to the book. The story itself also sounds intriguing and so when I was deliberating over whether or not I should buy this one, I put it back and plucked it off the shelf a couple of times, I couldn’t resist.