I’m definitely taking advantage today and posting my In My Mailbox (hosted by The Story Siren) as part of The Sunday Salon (view more entries here). Not to mention, I’ll probably update it tomorrow so it can be included for Mailbox Monday (hosted by The Printed Page). I am excited for the books I received last week!
I already mentioned The Chimera Seed by Matthew Tully in my last Friday Finds post, so I’ll just post a brief description here.
Richard Tiernan’s sudden death sparks a chain of events that threatens the survival of the human species. The visionary scientist’s son and only heir, Dr. Michael Tiernan, inherits Oisín Pharmaceuticals and learns of his father’s astonishing secret. Hidden away in the little Sardinian town of Boroneddu, Michael discovers his father’s greatest legacy: the fountain of youth.
In possession of Dionysinol, the most dynamic anti-aging drug ever engineered, Michael Tiernan aspires to turn Oisín Pharmaceuticals into an empire. His plans rapidly unravel when he becomes ensnared in a cutthroat game of pharmaceutical espionage and learns just how far some people will go to acquire immortality and how far others will go to destroy it.
I also received The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin by Patrick Doud from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Elwood Pitch is only thirteen years old when he is carried away to the land of Winnitok, in the otherworld of Ehm. Desperate to find a way back home to his family, Elwood’s one hope is Granashon, the land’s immortal protector. But Granashon is missing, and her power that protects Winnitok is fading fast. When Elwood dreams of the Eye of Ogin, a legendary object with the power to see Granashon wherever she might be, he vows to find it. With his dog Slukee and two newfound companions, Drallah Wehr of Winnitok and her talking raven Booj, Elwood sets out on an epic quest.
And, thanks to good ol’ Dad, I received Altar of Eden by James Rollins, as well as a copy of The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know how excited I am for BOTH of these.
I’ve posted a synopsis of Altar of Eden before, so instead of re-posting the same thing, I’ll post an excerpt of a hysterical interview Steve Berry (another of my favorite authors) gave about James Rollins, his competitor and close friend.
“Which brings us to Altar of Eden, Rollins’ latest concoction. Here he goes again, not satisfied with a thriller out in the summer, he has to publish another in the winter. Which, by the way, directly competes with me (of course, Rollins doesn’t care). This new book has it all. A savvy veterinarian (like that was a stretch), genetic engineering on long extinct animals (which was fascinating, I have to admit), fractal science (whatever that is), biological warfare (in ways you’ve never seen before), and mach-speed mayhem. The thing is drum-tight in its execution. Does this guy have herbs that stimulate his imagination in some amazing way? I read Altar of Eden in two sittings (yeah, it’s that good) and, when finished, I promptly hurled the book across the room. It landed on the shelf where all of Rollins’ other tomes stand, each sheathed in plastic, first editions, and, of course, signed (for which he charged me $5.00 a piece, cash. He wouldn’t take my check).”
The whole interview is sarcastic and hysterical. You can read it on the Altar of Eden Amazon.com page here.
And last but not least, The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the first in a trilogy (oh, how I adore a good series!):
They have always been here. Vampires. In secret and in darkness. Waiting. Now their time has come.
In one week, Manhattan will be gone. In one month, the country.
In two months–the world.
All in all, I had a fabulous week of mail, and lots of lovely additions to the bookcase. Let me know if you got anything good!