MM - June 13, 2011

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Mondays can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humungous wish lists. Hosted and invented at The Printed Page.

Due to money/work issues *ugh*, I haven't been buying many books on a regular basis. :( This week was an exception, went on a mini splurge and some other books kind-of fell in my lap.
Was early getting son on Wednesday, so my fiance and I thought to kill some time by stopping by the town used bookstore since we were in the area. Even though I had to keep it under control, I ended up with five good ones. Initially I dropped in to see if they had the Chronicles of Narnia series cheap, but really they didn't. About $4.00 a book, which is too steep for my very meager budget this week. I already have Prince Caspian, but I refuse to read out of order. I ended up settling for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - to my surprise it's the second in the series. Wow, Disney really makes these movies out of order don't they!?
Books nabbed at Book Bizarre Shop-

1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Really, I've been curious about this series over ten years. Been a slacker about getting it. I used to watch the animated movie when I was a teenager and fell in love with the story. I don't mean the cartoonish version, but another animated version, this one:

A few years back I really wanted to re-watch this version, and wanted to show it to my son and share the magic with him. He didn't fall in love with it like I did, must be a generation thing. :-p Found this version off ebay and ordered it. But...enough about the movie. I have Prince Caspian, and now purchased this one. I loathe reading a series out of order but may start with this one as the first book, even though it's the second, and then continue from there. I think my interest in C.S. Lewis was recently resurged since I finally read Mere Christianity by him. Heard about it for a few years on the Christian Forums and really loved it, very practical and down to Earth.

Note -- I got a better cover than the one above but couldn't find it online, yech. Don't like the new movie covers for the book, the old-time ones are much better choices.

2. Dean Koontz The Servants of Twilight - I also saw this movie years ago as a teenager. Found the story interesting. Have wanted to read this one for a few years as well. .I recently read The Eyes of Darkness by Koontz, which reminded me again of yearning for this book, so I purposely hunted for it in the bookstore and nabbed me a copy (finally!) I read it in a day, even though much of it was redundant at first for the first part following the film almost entirely, even some of the dialogue. The middle changed that though and there were differences. Happy to finally have it in the collection.

3. Secrets in Shadows by Jenna Black - I have fallen madly in love, head-over-heels, drooling madness with Jenna Black's Morgan Kingsley series. Sadly the series is now finished. *sniff* I wanted more of the author and stumbled on this one. It's the second of a trilogy and I'm not sure how old it is. The Morgan Kingsley series is Urban Fantasy but this series is Paranormal Romance, which can be much more miss than hit. I generally hate reading out of order but the back of this intrigued me much more than the firsts blurb, and I could only get one of the series this time.

4. Monkey Shines by Michael Stewart - I literally EEEked when seeing this book! I watched this movie a lot when I was younger as well. I had NO IDEA it was a book, though. The movie plot was brilliant. George Romero, of all people, directed it. I know horror fans weren't that pleased; from the king of Zombie splatter they expected more of a violent flick, but this one was extremely psychological and more serious than silly. Plot wise, it's creative and unique. What a diamond fiance was the one who walked by it and spotted it. The trailer for the movie advertised this as a horror movie, and I didn't really find the actual flick to be so. Also the book is not labeled as horror really when I read up on it after buying. I can't wait to read this one, hope I like it as much as the movie:

5. The Shining by Stephen King - Wow, apparently I went on a book buying spree from films. This had nothing to do with the movie though. I always loved Kubrick;'s the Shining, hated King's The Shining *yech*. This book I read in Junior High school of all times. I'm 31, so it's been a reallllly long time. I've wanted to re-read it for years and had no idea what happened to my copy. I remember one scene only from the book. Excited to re-read and re-own it again. As a note, this is the same cover I had back then. Most of the other covers are pretty cheesy, but this one is simplistic in design but all the more powerful for it.

With another brilliant stroke of luck, went to bring some stuff to some friends of mine Tuesday night. Ronnie loaned me a great find - the entire Dark Tower series. I've been wanting to try these for years now but hadn't had a chance. Have already finished the first book and now at the beginning of the second. Thank you, Ronnie!

And, finally, used up my last credit at the Paperback Swap to get this first book of an Urban Series I haven't read. I've been really itching for a new Urban Series lately, but now all my credits there are gone. Tragic?

Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, Book #1)

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay...

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