Sunday, April 19, 2009


Okay, the Read-a-Thon is officially over, I've had more hits on my blog than ever before, and I've read and blogged my little heart out, but there are a couple of loose, book-related ends that I still need to catch up on.

First of all, I have been negligent when it comes to Mailbox Mondays. For a few weeks I wasn't getting anything, but last week I did get a Mooched book that I didn't mention. I Mooched and received Andre Norton's No Night Without Stars. This is some serious sci-fi right here. I haven't read much sci-fi, but that's something I'm looking to remedy.

Also, last week I received, via LibraryThing (too tired to put in links...Google it, if you don't already have it bookmarked), Richard Currey's Fatal Light, a story about Currey's experiences in the Vietnam War. Not sure if it's more memoir, or just based on his time there, but this is a newly reissued printing on the book's twentieth anniversary. LibraryThing has been sending me a lot of war books lately...wonder why. These things seem to go in cycles, though. For a while it was cookbooks, then books about the Jewish experience during the Holocaust. So, to LibraryThing, I'm a cooking, Jewish war fanatic? HA!

Finally, while reading through my new Bookmarks magazine, I came across a book that I've never heard of and am strangely fascinated by: Amberville by Tim Davys. It's rare that I peruse the pages of Bookmarks without having heard at least some buzz on my friends' blogs about a novel as innovative and, let's face it, downright strange-sounding as this one. Amberville is, and I am not kidding you about this, a teddy bear noir mystery. Yes, you heard me right...TEDDY BEAR NOIR. It is quite possibly the weirdest genre I've ever heard of and I WANT TO READ IT. I think I'm going to have to put everything on hold and go to the library to see if I can find this book.

Have any of you read it yet? Has anyone even HEARD of it? It's getting pretty good reviews. Let me know if you know anything else about it, including who the mysterious Tim Davys might be.

Edited to Add: Damn! My library doesn't have it! Guess I'll just have to keep a weather eye out for it. Oh, and Harper Collins? If you want to send me a copy? I'll drop everything to read and review it.


debnance said...

I can't stop posting either! :-) I went to bed at 7 this morning and I woke back up at 9!

I'll be interested in seeing what you think of the teddy bear mystery. I thought it was interesting, too.

One of the books I read last night was an insect mystery, Joey Fly, Private Eye. Clever.

NerdGirl said...

Teddy bear noir?!?!?! I would be all over that book. I just got "First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria" from LibraryThing which I was dying to read until I read some reviews so now I am bracing for disappointment before I pick it up just in case it disappoints. I recently finished "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" which I really enjoyed.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Amberville - I heard about it when a friend sent me the link to the video about the book, which is awesome:

Iliana said...

I haven't read the latest Bookmarks so I've missed out on this latest Teddy Bear Noir... Ok, just typing that makes me laugh! :)

Someone needs to tell me more about this!

Staci said...

O.K. I can admit it right now...I love the cover and would've looked into this more just because of that!! I didn't see that one in my Bookmark...have to look at it again!!

Eva said...

lol: I couldn't fall asleep for two or three hours after the read-a-thon ended, and I read a whole nother book and half of two others! I think there's a read-a-thon high you have to come off of. ;)

I hope you manage to get a copy of that book: it sounds crazy!

Lexi said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Doesn't this book sound so great?!