Monday, March 9, 2009

Mailbox Monday: March 9, 2009

I hope everyone is enjoying the first Monday of Daylight Savings Time. I'm thankful for more daylight, but it always takes me about a week to get used to the time change. Reverting to Standard Time in the fall is a much easier adjustment since I'm a night owl by nature.

Some fantastic books have made their way into my home over the past two weeks:

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes The Novels
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Leslie S. Klinger
I think this book and the two companion volumes containing the short stories have been on my wish list longer than anything else. Since I'm planning to re-read both A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles for The Baker Street Challenge this year, I was very glad to finally be able to add this to my library. I've read the first few pages of A Study in Scarlet and have been very impressed by the depth of information contained in the notes.

Femme Fatale by Carole Nelson Douglas
Another Holmes-related book. I've been meaning to read Carole Nelson Douglas' Irene Adler ("The Woman" from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story "A Scandal in Bohemia") series for years, and have started collecting the books in preparation for summer reading. It will be interesting to read these after re-reading Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series.

Paper Towns by John Green
Shortly before her death, Dewey of The Hidden Side of a Leaf posted that she was so engrossed in John Green's Paper Towns that she read it while brushing her teeth. I knew then that I had to read it. When I won Sharon's Strand Birthday contest, Paper Towns was my first choice. As part of her birthday celebration, Sharon visited The Strand and agreed to purchase two books of the contest winner's choice.

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
This book came to my attention months ago thanks to Steph at Reviewer X. This was also my other selection from Sharon's contest. In addition to two books from The Strand, Sharon also sent along lots of promotional bookmarks, a Strand button, and a New York state license plate keychain with my name on it. Many thanks to Sharon for the fun and thoughtful package she put together for me.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Quirk Books is definitely living up to their name with the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Of all of Austen's heroines, I think Elizabeth Bennett would probably be best-suited to fighting off hoards of the living dead. (Emma Woodhouse would be a close second. She did leave a rather well-meaning path of destruction in her wake during most of the book.) Hopefully my slightly warped sense of humor will balance out my tendency towards being a bit of an Austen purist. We'll see.


  1. LOVE John Green and Dust of 100 Dogs is sooooo good

  2. I heard about Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Like you, I'm willing to give it a try. I could be funny; I think at this point that's the best one can hope for.

  3. I thought the Austen/Zombie book looked quirky enough to be pretty good. I'm going to have to add Paper Towns to my wish list. I keep hearing such good things about it!

    I HATE daylight savings time. I swear its going to be the reason I move to Arizona. But mostly I just think that changing back and forth is ridiculous! We should just pick a time and stay there for heaven's sake....

  4. I really want to read one of John Green's books. I can't wait to see what you think of the zombie book.

  5. I just reviewed The New Annotated Dracula which is by the same editor as the Sherlock Holmes. I loved the Dracula annotations, which makes me think I want to give the Sherlock Holmes ones a try!

  6. I can't wait to get my hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Looking forward to your thoughts on it.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. I cannot wait to see what you think about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

    here's my mailbox:

  8. We don't spring forward here in Europe for another 2 weeks. P&P and Z looks hilar!

  9. Great list :-)I hope you'll enjoy them.

    Mine is here!

  10. Great list! I can't wait to see what you think of the P&P title. I've never read any Sherlock Holmes, but the book that you got looks nice. Someday I'm going to have to read some of those stories!

  11. I've heard Paper Towns is really good. I'd love to take a look at the Zombie P&P.

  12. Femme Fatale sounds good - I've seen the Sherlock Holmes books popping up a bit more lately. :)

    Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  13. P&P and Zombies sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it! And to see what you have to say as well.

  14. That's quite the variety. I get it now, you like old AND quirky. :) Enjoy.

  15. Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. I noticed you're currently reading 'People of the Book'. Next week Elizabeth from As Usual I Need More Bookshelves and I are reading it for By the Chapter.