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February 19, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ February 19th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Only 29 more days until spring. Regular visitors know I start counting down about this time of the year. I am so not a winter person!

I’m watching the morning rain wash away the snow from this past weekend. The ground is still frozen so it’s a bit of a mess, but it’s going to be warmer today, and I’m already thinking about the upcoming gardening season. My new portable greenhouse arrived and I can’t wait to set it up and get an early start on my early season vegetable crops.

In the book world, a couple of surprise audio books showed up in my mailbox from Blackstone Audio (thank you!). They are both genres I enjoy and sound very good. I also received a paperback copy of Wicked City by Beatriz Williams from William Morrow.

New Arrivals

The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard from Blackstone Audiobooks.

A psychological thriller about a woman trying to escape a horrific past.

The Big Get-Even by Paul Di Filippo from Blackstone Audiobooks.

A disbarred lawyer and an ex-arsonist cross paths and find themselves organizing an elaborate real-estate scam to bilk a shady rich speculator out of twenty million dollars.

The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams from William Morrow.

A deliciously spicy adventure that mixes past and present and centers on a Jazz Age love triangle involving a rugged Prohibition agent, a saucy redheaded flapper, and a debonair Princetonian from a wealthy family.

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February 14, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Pool Party

Almost wordless: The heated bird bath is always a popular spot during the winter months.

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February 12, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ February 12th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
I downloaded some new audiobooks this week.

In a week filled with snow, snow, and more snow, it was good that actual physical books didn’t have to make the journey to my mailbox. I think it snowed every day for the past week. Today, finally, we have sunshine. But it is freezing cold.

There are only 17 more days until spring, but looking out my window I find that difficult to believe!

New Arrivals

White Houses by Amy Bloom from PRH Audio.

A love story inspired by “one of the most intriguing relationships in history”*–between Eleanor Roosevelt and “first friend” Lorena Hickok.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner from PRH Audio.

From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku from PRH Audio.

The #1 bestselling author of The Future of the Mind traverses the frontiers of astrophysics, artificial intelligence, and technology to offer a stunning vision of man’s future in space, from settling Mars to traveling to distant galaxies.

Lake Silence (The Others #6) by Anne Bishop from PRH Audio.

In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy set in the world of The Others series, an inn owner and her shape-shifting lodger find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

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February 7, 2018 / Leslie

Audiobook: Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Penguin Random House | February 2018
Format: Audio Download | 13½ hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate – Difficult

Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

What’s it about . . .
It’s 1997 and NCIS Agent Shannon Moss is assigned to a case involving the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family. Shannon is part of a secret group that works outside of conventional law enforcement to investigate crimes by using time-travel into the future. But time travel is tricky – upon your return, the future you visited is only a possibility and blinks out of existence upon your departure. And if someone from the future is taken back to their past, well, that can cause a lot of new problems.

During their travels, investigators have also learned about The Terminus, an event that may cause the end of the world. Things become even more complicated as we discover that there are others traveling to the future for their own purposes. It isn’t until the end when all the pieces come together that we understand what is happening.

What did I think . . .
This is a dark, complex science fiction thriller that I enjoyed immensely. Not only because it combines two of my favorite genres, but because it was so well-written and plotted, especially the time travel concept. It did get a little complicated at times, and I sometimes felt like I needed a spreadsheet to keep things straight, but I don’t mind a mind-bending plot in good speculative fiction.

This book is not going to work for everyone, but it will be sure to please fans of the genre and those that don’t mind going a little outside of their comfort zones.

Audio production . . .
The book was narrated by Brittany Pressley and her performance was superb. Her vocals were very expressive and she effortlessly changed tone, inflection, and accents for the many different characters. I could easily believe I was listening to multiple narrators.

While the audio performance was excellent, I would recommend it only for experienced listeners. With a complex plot, jumps in time and place, and more than a few characters, it required a high degree of concentration.

Audio Sample . . .

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
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February 6, 2018 / Leslie

Happy Hatch Day Jentrie

Jentrie is 24 years old today. Parrots can live a long time, some species up to 50 or 60 years. Sadly, it is rare that a parrot remains in the same home for his entire life. Jentrie is a Senegal Parrot and I adopted him three years ago.

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January 29, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ January 29th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.
 


I am happy to be almost rid of this flu and and back to normal. A little nice weather and some sunshine on Saturday helped to clear some of the fog from my brain. It was even nice enough to take my book photos outside.

Here’s what arrived in my mailbox last week . . .

New Arrivals

Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff from Algonquin.

Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why.

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline from St. Martin’s Press.

Riveting and disquieting, After Anna is a groundbreaking domestic thriller, as well as a novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue.

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January 22, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ January 22nd

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

This was not a very productive week. I have been sick with the flu and haven’t felt like doing much of anything. I did manage to get some reading done and finished a few books . . . but not much else.

I downloaded a couple of new audiobooks, both of which I have been eagerly awaiting.

New Arrivals

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch from Penguin Audio.

Inception meets True Detective in this science-fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope. The Gone World follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig from Penguin Audio.

A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

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