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May 16, 2011 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ May 16th

Mailbox Monday was created by The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their home last week.

Mailbox Monday is currently on tour, hosted by a different blog each month. This month’s host is Mari @ Mari Reads.
Another eclectic week for me. I received two paper books and one audio book this week for review. I also picked up a science fiction book at a used book sale.

From Doubleday for review and giveaway:

The Russian AffairThe Russian Affair
by Michael Wallner

An intriguing love and espionage story set in Moscow in the late 1970s, in the midst of the Cold War. Anna struggles gamely through her difficult existence, doing the best she can amidst the long lines, bureaucratic inferno, and corruption and incompetence of the police state. When she meets and makes an impression on a pow­erful Soviet official—Alexey Bulgyakov—her life begins to look a little brighter. Alexey is married and nearly twice her age, but he turns out to be a man of infinite patience and forbearance, and gradually a strange but solid bond grows between them. Though Anna still loves her mostly absent husband and harbors no illusions about the future, she and Alexey become lovers.

From the author for review:

The HypnotistThe Hypnotist
by M.J. Rose

Haunted by a twenty-year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team. Currently investigating a crazed art collector who has begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation—dedicated to the science of past life study—where, in order to maintain his cover, he agrees to submit to the treatment of a hypnotist.

An audio book from the publisher for review:

Lost In Shangri-LaLost in Shangri-La
by Mitchell Zuckoff

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over Shangri-La, a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed.

A purchase for The Women of SciFi online discussion group.

Mappa MundiMappa Mundi
by Justina Robson

In the near future, when medical nanotechnology has made it possible to map a model of the living human brain, radical psychologist Natalie Armstrong sees her work suddenly become crucial to a cutting-edge military project for creating comprehensive mind-control. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Jude Westhorpe, FBI specialist, is tracking a cold war defector long involved in everything from gene sequencing to mind-mapping. But his investigation has begun to affect matters of national security-throwing Jude and Natalie together as partners in trouble-deep trouble from every direction.


Leave a Comment
  1. Elizabeth / May 16 2011 4:37 am

    You will love Lost in Shangri-La.

    Enjoy all the books.


  2. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea / May 16 2011 6:03 am

    I’d love to listen to Lost in Shangri La; enjoy


  3. Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) / May 16 2011 7:19 am

    The Russian Affair and Lost in Shangri-La both look really good. Enjoy!


  4. Kay / May 16 2011 8:26 am

    I’ve heard really good things about LOST IN SHANGRI-LA. Hope it’s great. Enjoy!


  5. Beth(bookaholicmom) / May 16 2011 8:33 am

    I have seen many great reviews for Lost in Shangri-La. I hope you find it enjoyable as well.


  6. BermudaOnion / May 16 2011 9:04 am

    I’ve heard great things about Lost in Shangri-La. Enjoy your new books!


  7. Mary / May 16 2011 10:45 am

    I hope they’re all good reads!


  8. avisannschild / May 16 2011 11:42 am

    I need to buy Mappa Mundi for the book club too! (I’m not sure I’ll get around to it in time, though.) Enjoy all your new reads!


  9. mary Ann Langan / May 16 2011 12:25 pm

    Lost In Shang-Ri-La is on my tbr list, enjoy your reads.


  10. Holly / May 16 2011 1:32 pm

    I just got the first two books in M J Rose’s Reincarnationist series this week. Not usually my thing but I thought I’d give them a whirl. Enjoy all your new books!


  11. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries / May 16 2011 2:01 pm

    I’m to receive The Hypnotist sometime soon for review; it looks to be a good read. Lost in Shangri-La is supposed to be awesome! Enjoy your wonderful new reads!


  12. Nikki-ann / May 16 2011 2:18 pm

    It looks like you got some great books! I especially like the synopsis for The Hypnotist… It sounds like one I’d enjoy.


  13. Suko / May 16 2011 4:21 pm

    Leslie, you have a nice mix of books here. Enjoy!


  14. Man of la Book / May 17 2011 2:34 pm

    You’re going to love Lost in Shangri-La – I enjoyed it very much (my thoughts: and I’m sure you will as well, it is a fantastic story. Almost hard to believe that it is true.


  15. Carol / May 18 2011 10:59 am

    Looks like a great list. Enjoy!


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