Good morning, everybody! How was your week? Mine went well enough. Didn’t have much time for reading, I confess, but that was mostly due to work and trying to get holidays gifts together, one of which is handmade and thus takes up a fair chunk of my time. Hopefully I’ll have more time to read during this coming week.
Well now, let’s take a look and see what wonderful books came my way this past week, shall we?
Ellen Evert Hopman’s Priestess of the Fire Temple, published by Llewellyn Worldwide. It seems a bit of an odd thing to make a fantasy novel with pagan themes, not because pagan themes have no place in fantasy, but because so many fantasy novels already have heavy pagan themes that it just seems a little redundant to write one and specifically advertise it. Nevertheless, if there’s Christian fantasy, then there’s room for pagan fantasy, and I for one am actually quite interested to see what fiction is being written with the pagan teen in mind.
Where There’s Smoke…: The Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man, is the memoir of actor William B Davis, best known to most for playing the notorious Cancer Man on The X-Files. As a X-Phile, I was just thrilled to receive a copy of this book! I enjoy the chance to take a glimpse into the lives of actors I admire from shows that I love, and I’m hoping that this book will be no disappointment. My thanks to ECW press for allowing me the chance to read this one.
Women and Their Gardens, by Catherine Horwood. Appealing to my interest of the lives of women and domestic history, this book examines the contributions that women made to gardening (for food, medicinal herbs, and aesthetics) for the past four centuries. This is the kind of book that will clearly not appeal to all, but I find the subject fascinating, and I was really glad to have been given the chance to read this book. Thrilling the domestic history geek in me, I don’t doubt that I’m really going to enjoy reading this.
A collaboration between Michael Scott and Colette Freedman, The Thirteen Hallows has really been making itself known in the blogosphere lately, and I was pleased as punch to get a hardcover copy of this in my mail from Tor. Since this is part of a book tour, my review of this will be posted toward the end of December. The review seems to be mixed so far, some saying it’s amazing, other’s saying it’s crap. Me, I’m leaning toward the ‘amazing’ side, but time will tell, and I look forward to reading and reviewing it.
Well, more books in than out this week. Not doing so well when it comes to reducing the number of books I have, but it does make for a far more interesting IMM post, don’t you think?
What did you get in your mailbox this week?