Mailbox Monday: Two Books From Cuba and One Puppy from Illinois

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“Out of the modern-day dystopia of Cuba comes an instant classic from the island’s most celebrated science fiction author.

A Planet for Rent draws parallels between ’90s Cuba and a possible Earth of the not-so-distant future. Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate plant is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake the planet as a tourist destination. Ruled over by a brutal interstellar bureaucracy, dispossessed humans seek better lives via the few routes available: working for the colonial police, eking out a living as black marketeers, drug dealers, or artists; prostituting themselves to exploitative extra-terrestrial visitors – or facing the cold void of space in rickety illegal ships.” (back cover)

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“The first book by the father of Cuban science fiction to be translated into English, this mesmerizing novel, reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001, A Space Odyssey, is a science-fiction survival story that captures the intense pressures-economic, ideological and psychological-inside Communist Cuba.

A Legend of the Future takes place inside a spaceship on a groundbreaking mission to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons; back home, a final conflict between warring superpowers threatens the fate of the Earth. When disaster strikes the ship, the crew members are forced into a grand experiment in psychological and emotional conditioning, in which they face not just their innermost fears, but the ultimate sacrifice[their very humanity.” (back cover)

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…and with a story yet to unfold came Humphrey, a nine week old Labrador puppy who called my husband’s name. We could not resist this tired boy, of whom I shall probably write more when I get to know him better. For now, let me say he is a sweet addition to this home of ours.

As for your mailbox, did you find any translated literature? Any wet noses? Any spectacular surprises you wish to share?

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22 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday: Two Books From Cuba and One Puppy from Illinois”

  1. Well, that is a surprising addition to your mailbox…
    I like the Cuban literature you’ve added to your TBR pile. I’m very tempted, I’ve read nothing other than Leonardo Padura from that country!

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  2. An international post, right? 🙂
    Humphrey is adorable. Looking forward to reading his story.
    Nothing in my mailbox but I had a lovely weekend visiting Khao Yai National Park. I’m sure I saw a few wet noses but didn’t touch them!

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  3. Those covers are so summery and welcome Humphrey! I usually get beak bites on my nose, so I hope Humphrey is more polite 🙂
    No translated fiction in my letterbox, but there’s some on the shelves calling my name this week!

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  4. I do believe I’m in love. Humphrey clearly has the “I’m just going to lie here and make myself irresistable” look down pat. I can’t wait to hear more about him!

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    1. Forgot to mention that I picked up to new poetry books from the Library & 2 from a charity shop on Sunday.

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  5. Oh…Meredith…what a precious puppy, his sweet face…enjoy him, time passes by so fast.
    On the cover of my fb I have a young Oliver…perky snout…little tail at alert…just so handsome. These days as we approach our 16 years together, I spend as much time with him as I can, he isn’t or ever was a cuddly dog, Jack Russells are to full of energy to sit still, this hasn’t changed, he runs full speed on his little legs, ignoring his age. Some days are good, some not…oh how much I love him…<3

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  6. I like books related to Cuba. Do not like anything space related. Don’t know why and of course would embrace Humphrey with both arms. Hope to hear a lot more about him. I love books but sadly admit a puppy takes over any chance I get. Haha

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  7. Awww. Nothing sweeter than a new puppy. Wonderful name, too.

    I’ve been absent from the blogging world these past few weeks. Busy prepping for a garage sale, which was a big success. And now I am winging my way to SF to spend Mother’s Day (and her birthday) with my mom. Not feeling inspired to do any blogging these days…

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