New Arrivals!

Somehow, I seem to get new books in groups, so I present them to you by source. Last week, I presented you with some books I got for review as well as some books I got from the library. This week, it’s books I won in a giveaway, and books I bought at a second-hand bookfair.

Books I won in a giveaway

Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

I won this book from the author herself in a Twitter contest. I’ve read two other books by her, Awakening and Sacrifice which I enjoyed a lot. So I was very pleased to have won this newest book (published last month).

From the author’s website: “Despite her life-long fascination with Jack the Ripper, young detective constable Lacey Flint has never worked a murder case or seen a corpse up close. Until now … As she arrives at her car one evening, Lacey is horrified to find a woman slumped over the door. She has been brutally stabbed, and dies in Lacey’s arms. […]

When Lacey receives a familiar letter, written in blood, pre-fixed Dear Boss, and hand delivered, it is clear that a Ripper copycat is at large. And one who is fixated on Lacey herself. Can this inexperienced detective outwit a killer whose infamous role model has never been found?”

The Human Race by O. C. Heaton

The Human Race by O. C. Heaton

I also won this book from its author in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Blog Hop. Mention Iceland and I sit up straight! The cover looks a bit… odd, but the book sounds really good.

From the author’s website: “Ever had a secret so big that it consumed you? Uma has one. A huge one. And if it falls into the wrong hands it could obliterate mankind. Unfortunately two men have gotten their hands on it.

From the leafy suburbs of London to the frozen wastelands of Iceland, in the shadow of Ground Zero and under the barren dryness of the Mojave Desert, a bloody battle between the forces of greed unfolds. There can only be one winner and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.”

From a bookfair

I got a number of second-hand from a recent bookfair. We were on a cycle ride (as a family) and when I checked the route in advance, it seemed to take us past the book fair location.  So when we got there, we stopped off and I got 20 minutes (no more!) to have a look.

After I got my books and we were ready to continue our ride, I discovered that  I had made a mistake: the route did not actually go past the bookfair, we had to backtrack 10 minutes. Oops!

Noorderzon by Renate DorresteinEen nacht om te vliegeren by Renate DorresteinHet perpetuum mobile van de liefde by Renate Dorrestein

Noorderzon [Northern Sun], Een nacht om te vliegeren [A Night to Fly Kites] by Renate Dorrestein and  Het perpetuum mobile van de liefde [The Perpetual Motion of Love] by Renate Dorrestein.

Two of these books have been out of print for a while so it’s nice to be able to read them after all. Renate Dorrestein is one of my favorite Dutch authors. I don’t know these books, but often there is an element of magical realism in her books, just hidden around the corner. You think it all makes sense, until…

I also got a book by another Dutch writer, Olaf J. de Landell, who was popular in the 1970s/80s. I used to love his books but you can’t buy them new now.

Iron Council by China Miéville

Iron Council by China Mieville

I have wanted to read a book by this author for a while now (preferably his new book, Embassytown, though). Seeing this for almost nothing at the book fair I was quite pleased. And when I found out it was steampunk, even better. I still need a book to finish my steampunk challenge.

From the publisher’s website: “It is a time of wars and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming city to the brink. A mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places.

In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope. In the blood and violence of New Crobuzon’s most dangerous hour, there are whispers. It is the time of the iron council. . . .”

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle

My Legendary Girlfriend by Mike Gayle

I’ve read a few books by this writer, who mainly writes lad-lit but it’s so hilarious, I don’t care. My favorite book by him is The To-Do List (not lad-lit), in which he spends a year working down a to-do list of over 1,000 items.

“A weekend in the life of struggling teacher Will Kelly, still in love with The One and desperately searching for An-Other One, and his discovery that with a phone call friends can lift you from the depths of depression or muck up your entire weekend.”

Did you get any exciting new books recently?

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19 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Cindy says:

    I’m editing a most boring user manual at the moment, so I can’t read.
    BTW: did you see the comment I left you on irisonbooks? I see it doesn’t show there yet.

  2. I read My Legendary Girlfriend about 10 years ago I think – and unsurprisingly, I can’t remember anything about it at all! Although it is still sitting in my bookcase. I absolutely loved The To-Do List though – being a keen to-do list writer myself, especially!

    My OH is also reading our first China Mieville book – I might pick it up after him…but I currently have a HUGE pile of books to get through!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Normal in London, I don’t remember the other Gayle books I read either, they are not “deep”, but I do remember that they were fun, so that’s why I got this one. Yes, the To-Do List was really good. I loved that book!

      I know all about the huge pile of books! 🙂

  3. Oh yes – and I LOVE the look of The Human Race!

  4. What great finds! I haven’t seen them before, but The Human Race and Now You See Me sound particularly thrilling. Enjoy!

  5. Judith…. some dark books this week! I just grabbed my new arrivals this morning and put them on my desk so I remember to write a post. I’m SO far behind with all the books I put on my Nook for my trip last week. I planned to read 3-4 books with all the travel… might not seem like a lot but I read 2-3 books a month (not including audio).

    The Human Race cover freaks me out!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Mari, it’s a interesting selection this week. Not the standard books that do the rounds of the blogs.

      Looking forward to your new post, you’re a bit quiet at the moment.

  6. liannouwen says:

    Your book stack seems to keep getting bigger in stead of smaller.. Have fun with reading all this!

  7. sakura says:

    Interesting selection Judith:) I think The Iron Council is the third in Mieville’s Bas Lag series but apparently the one he is most proud of. I’ve got Embassytown to read and then I want to start Perdido Street Station! Enjoy the books.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Oh, Sakura, do you think it’ll be OK to read just The Iron Council? I don’t really want to try and chase down the earlier two books.

      I’m a bit jealous that you have Embassytown! Have fun!

  8. Nadine Nys says:

    I think I would start to panick if I got as many new books as you, Judith. Although that thought didn’t keep me from ordering 4 books at The Book Depository, this week. But, like you say, the more the merrier… 🙂

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ha, Nadine, I’m a changed woman. I would definitely start to panic at all these books, but now I think, ah, it’s holidays soon, I need a few books. And I need something to choose from. Those four books you bought don’t read themselves either, you know!

  9. O.C. Heaton says:

    Judith, thank you so much for your mention of The Human Race.

    I’m glad you won a copy – you clearly have a passion for reading and new literature.

    I would love to know your thoughts on The Human Race once you have read it. I would also love to hear more about your thoughts on the cover as my publisher is considering changing it for the Kindle edition.

    I hope you enjoy the book.

    All the best,
    O.C. Heaton

    • Leeswammes says:

      O. C. Heaton, thank you for your comment. I love hearing from authors!

      I hope to get around to the book soon, but I have quite a pile at the moment, a good meter high, all books wanting to be read, and me wanting to read them.

      I’ll definitely do a review of the book when I’ve read it and send you the link. I think the cover is a bit in-your-face. To me, the man is not attractive, and that makes the cover a little less attractive! He looks like he may choke. But it is certainly an intriguing picture. I think I would pick up the book in the shop to see what it was about. For Kindle, I’m not sure I’d investigate the book, it depends what other books and covers would be shown on my screen at the same time.

  10. O.C. Heaton says:

    Thank you so much for the feedback, it is very valuable indeed.

    Once again, I really hope that you enjoy the book.

    Happy reading!

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