In My Mailbox

It’s been quite a while since I last did one of these. Consider yourselves lucky that I don’t go through the entire list of everything I’ve received since my last IMM post; you’d all be here for days just reading the list!

Paving the way with nonfiction, I have Empire of Dogs (connecting Japan’s imperialism with the rise of the domesticated canine there; should be interesting) and Walmart in China (looking at big retailers, their connections to Chinese suppliers, and how that affects the workers who are making little but allowing the company to make millions). Both look like they’ll be quite interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Now, to the fiction side of things!

Hangman in the Mirror is an interesting piece of historical fiction set in the 18th century in what was then New France and what we today call the province of Quebec. It will be interesting to read some Canadian historical fiction, since most books of that genre tend to take place either in American or in Europe. The change might be nice! Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy of this.

Moving on, my biggest haul came from Night Shade Books, quality publishers of some truly great fantasy and speculative fiction. (Honestly, these guys are pretty high on my list of favourite publishers when it comes to the genres I enjoy reading.) All of the following came from them, via NetGalley.

The cover art on The Folded World was enough to get my attention (the style is different from what I’ve been seeing on most fantasy/spec covers lately, for one thing, and that automatically makes it stand out to me), but the synopsis was enough to launch this book pretty close to the top of the To Read list before I even knew if I was going to be able to get an advance copy. Written by Catherynne M. Valente, the same person who wrote The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making (which I also have to get around to reading…), this one comes across as a book that I have little doubt I’ll end up enjoying.

Michael Stackpole’s Of Limited Loyalty and Rob Ziegler’s Seed. I didn’t realize that the Stackpole book was the second in a series; descriptions on NetGalley often seem to leave that little fact out, so now to feel comfortable reading and judging it, I’m going to have to purchase the first book and read it. I can’t see any problem with that, though. Ziegler’s book looks also like it’ll be well worth the read, as post-apocalyptic settings in general intrigue me. They’ll keep intriguing me, too, so long as I see them done well.

I confess to having never heard of this author before (though the name sounded vaguely familiar, so I suppose I could have heard of him in passing), but when I saw the description of the book and the author, I couldn’t resist requesting a copy. I’ve been getting into short stories more and more lately, and with the genres of the stories here ranging from science fiction to horror, it seemed just the thing for some rainy-day reading. I hope it’s as good as it sounds!

The Emperor’s Knife, by Mazarkis Williams, didn’t have cover art uploaded that I could display here, so instead I just settled for posting the link. I have to say that I’m really interested in reading this one; it’s also pretty close to the top of the list of books I want to read soon.

And that’s my haul for this past week. Did you get anything interesting that you want to share?

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