MM: 9/30

Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia years ago, and has since jumped to different hosts.  It's a post to showcase books and book-related items gathered through the previous week.

More Free Books

My book buddy from lunch has gifted me even more books, this time two boxes full from of hardbacks. One was filled with almost completely Stephen King novels. Some of these I already owned in Paperback form, but since the hardbacks had nifty covers and are in excellent condition, I have given the paperback versions to my best friend Melissa and kept the hardbacks for myself (even though I usually prefer reading in paperback form.)

The IT cover is the same as the paperback one I owned, my favorite with the boat and the sewer. The Shining is an old fashioned cover as well, and isn't Misery awesome? Pet Semetary is also the favorite cover with the large cat splashed on.

In total, 14 Stephen King hardcovers, all great condition. Makes me want to do a King reading spree. I definitely need to re-read IT sometime.

Malz getting creepy by a stack of books, with Pet Sematary on top

Guy Books

She also gave me tons of "guy books." They are mainly her husbands. I'll give the authors a chance before giving them away, as who knows, maybe I'll like some of them. There's the entire Bourne Supremecy series, lots of Jack Higgins, and I was especially happy to see Beast by Peter Benchley (NOT a guy book) because I had this when I was younger and never got to read it. Not sure whatever happened to it either. I wasn't too impressed by the novel Jaws if I remember right (needs a re-read), but I always have loved the movie. He can come up with good stories so I'm curious.

Free for Review from The Publisher

I've also received these four free for review, all looking great:

Delia's Shadow
Published September 17th 2013 by Tor 

It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.

It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

Hero Worship
Expected publication: 2014 by Flux  

Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime.

Our Final Invention
Published October 1st 2013

Artificial Intelligence helps choose what books you buy, what movies you see, and even who you date. It puts the “smart” in your smartphone and soon it will drive your car. It makes most of the trades on Wall Street, and controls vital energy, water, and transportation infrastructure. But Artificial Intelligence can also threaten our existence.

In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?

The Brim Reaper
Expected publication: December 17th 2013 by Polyester Press 

 When an over the top collection of vintage Hollywood costumes comes to Samantha Kidd’s hometown, it brings a hat box full of hype. Close friend Eddie is in charge of the exhibit, but when hype turns to homicide he turns to Samantha for help. Brimming with good intentions, she loops in the cops, but after one too many cloche calls, she’s soon in over her head. If she can tear the lid off the investigation, it might mean a feather in her fedora. And if she can’t? She might get capped.

Until Next Time - Happy Reading!