Mailbox Monday for June 3

I’m so pleased to be the host for Mailbox Monday during the month of June. After this week, I will be in northern Wisconsin for two weeks, and I’m not quite sure how the wi-fi connection will work from our little cottage. However, I have scheduled the posts to go up, and at least you will have a central gathering place from which to leave your links. So, here’s to a very happy June together!
Into my mailbox have come the books pictured above:
Anarchy by Steward Binns: “Stewart Binns’ Anarchy is a gripping novel in the great tradition of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, and is the third in The Making of England trilogy, following Conquest and Crusade.”
A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson: “The success of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series that began with The Cold Dish continues to grow after A&E’s hit show Longmire introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. As the Crow Flies marked the series’ highest debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet.”
A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen: “The New York Times and # 1 international bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with another shocking cold case in his exhilarating Department Q series. Detective Carl Mørck holds in his hands a bottle that contains old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren’t they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?”
Marsaryk Station by David Downing: “John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell’s position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation—one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last.”
I was also thrilled to receive the Japanese literature from Kurodahan Press pictured above:
Tales of Old Edo selected and introduced by Higashi Masao: “Japan has a long tradition of supernatural storytelling, but until now it has been introduced into English only haphazardly. This three-volume series presents a selection of some of the finest uncanny tales to come from Japanese creativity, covering a broad range from 1776 to 2005, and defines a new genre of Japanese literature to explore. This first volume offers you a delightful glimpse into into the unknown shadows and whispers of Old Edo: what we know as Tokyo today.”
Phantom Lights by Miyamoto Teru: “A new collection of stories exploring the perennial themes of Miyamoto Teru’s fiction. This collection of narrative sketches utilizes memory to reveal a story built of layered frames of time, depicting the world of the Osaka-Kobe region of the author’s childhood with consummate skill. His work examines the mutual proximity – even identity – of life and death, touching on such grim topics with gentle humor. Stories of personal triumph and hope are often set in situations involving death, illness, or loss, but what might be the stuff of tragedy in the hands of some writers turns into stepping stones for his characters to climb upward and onward.”
Blue Bamboo Tales by Dazai Osamu: “Blue Bamboo is a collection of seven short stories by one of Japan’s preeminent postwar writers and prose stylists, Osamu Dazai. Not the typical romantic fantasies so often seen in Japanese writing, filled with water sprites and vengeful ghosts, these stories are a mixture of fantastic allegory, slightly skewed fables, and affecting romantic tales. Revealing the wide range of Dazai’s imaginative powers, they also give a glimpse of his humane and idealistic side.”
Fair Dalliance: Fifteen Stories by Yoshiyuki Junnosuke: “Yoshiyuki Junnosuke was a sensual writer, whose style is reminiscent of that of novelists such as Tanizaki Jun’ichiro and Nagai Kafu. His works deal with the possibility of emotional purity in the relationships between men and women. Often, the relationship is examined through the agency of the protagonist’s association with prostitutes. This collection brings together a selection of many of his finest stories, examining human relationships to reveal new aspects of ourselves.
Speculative Japan Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and Fantasy: “The first book in an ongoing series, Speculative Japan presents a selection of outstanding works of Japanese science fiction and fantasy in English translation… and a glimpse into new worlds of the imagination. It was first released at Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama, Japan, and then made available worldwide.”
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48 comments

  1. Maybe you'll consider joining the Japanese Literature Challenge? It's described in the post after this if you care to investigate. ;)

    It could rain every day in WI, and I would still be happy. I love that state!

  2. Bellezza, I think you will enjoy being the host of Mailbox Monday very much. I was the host during the holidays, and although it was (and always is) a busy time of year, I truly enjoyed hosting this fun and friendly meme.

    Your new books (photographed so beautifully!) are tempting me as well. An abundance of riches here!

  3. bellezza, thanks for hosting Mailbox Monday this month. I've now discovered another wonderful blog. I've joined (I think I did it right) the Japanese lit challenge and am looking forward to it.

    I am having trouble however, getting mr. Linky to recognize my Mailbox Monday link. can you check when you get a chance?

    Happy reading all those great new books.

  4. Hi Tina, I'm going to add the link to your blog (which I landed on my clicking on your name) and I'll see if I can delete the other two links which don't seem to work for me either. Don't you love technology? :)

  5. I think I will enjoy it, too. I only wish I wasn't going to go e for half of June! Hope that doesn't make things too difficult for the Mailbox Monday participants! Glad you like the photographs; it's easy to ate pretty pictures in June.

  6. Hi Bellezza,

    Thank you for taking on the hosting of Mailbox Monday for the next few weeks, it is good to 'meet' you and I do hope that you manage to keep in touch, despite being out of town.

    Jussi Adler-Olsen, is a new name to me among the emerging Nordic writers and this series sounds excellent. I am still trying to work out whether the individual books work as stand alone stories, or whether I need to amass all the previous books in the series, before I start reading.

    I have never read any Japanese literature, however some of your new book selection had me very intrigued. I have marked 'Tales Of Old Edo', as a book which is likely to give me the best overall taste of Japanese writing, as a starting point for my journey.

    I hope that you enjoy all your new finds this week.

    Yvonne

  7. Thank you for hosting! I am drooling over all those Japanese books – will definitely be joining you in this year's challenge. Have heard of Jussi Alder-Olsen, but not read anything yet. There is a bookseller in Melbourne that loves Nordic fiction and I'm still trying to work through all her recommendations!
    Have fun in Wisconsin :)

  8. I haven't read too much Japanese literature, but just looking at your new books makes me want to try it more often. I have too much on my plate right now to join your Japanese Reading Challenge but I'll look out for your reviews.

  9. Thanks for hosting this month! And enjoy your upcoming two weeks in northern Wisconsin. I have a month and then we head to Upper Peninsula Michigan so I totally get the internet question. :-)

  10. Nice mailbox…quite interesting.

    ENJOY all your books.

    I didn't post a Mailbox Monday this week. I am not home yet. Will be heading home tomorrow from the BEA. I am just checking out everyone's mailboxes. :)

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

  11. Very interesting selection! I have the first of Jussi Adler-Olsen's series in French translation, but haven't read it yet. I love how different the English covers have been!
    Enjoy your new books, and thank you for hosting! :)

  12. 2 weeks in a cottage in northern Wisconsin? How lovely, dear Bellezza. I'm sure it's a perfect retreat for your first days of summer. I was in Oregon for a week and next week we head to the Seattle/Kingston area. Looking forward to being near the water again. Enjoy your vacation. And all those lovely books!

  13. Oh, wow, 2 weeks in Wisconsin sounds heavenly! I hope you have as marvelous a time as I'm visualizing. I was going to tell you Simon Van Booy is dropping by Chicago on the 15th of June, but sadly it looks like you won't be able to see him. Enjoy your vacation!

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