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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