Monday, December 20, 2010

Mailbox Monday (December 20)

Mailbox Monday buttonMailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books they received during the previous week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists! Mailbox Monday, which was started by Marcia at The Printed Page, is on blog tour—this month, it’s hosted by Lady Q at Let Them Read Books.

I received one book in the mail this week: The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel by Paulo Coelho (adapted by Derek Ruiz, with artwork by Daniel Sampere and others) from Harper Collins for a TLC Book Tour. My review goes up on Thursday, so luckily this was a short read! I also bought myself Ha’penny by Jo Walton, the second book in the Small Change trilogy (read my review of the first book, Farthing). I treated myself to this book using the gift card Linda gave me at our last blogger meet-up. (Thanks again, Linda!)

Here’s the blurb on the back of Ha’penny:

Eight years after “Peace with Honor” was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. The last hopes of democracy seem extinguished. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch King-and-Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder the Prime Minister and his ally, Adolf Hitler. Against a backdrop of domestic espionage and suppression, a band of idealists blackmails an actress who holds the key to the Fuhrers death. From the hapenny seats in the theater to the hapennies that cover dead mens eyes, the conspiracy and investigation swirl inexorably to a stunning conclusion.

What did you find in your mailbox this past week? For other Mailbox Monday posts, head over to Let Them Read Books.


  1. I hope you enjoy The Alchemist more than I did. Perhaps it will be better as a graphic novel.

    I received one book.

  2. My son loved The Alchemist, he keeps pushing me to read it but I've yet to do so... maybe it's time.

    enjoy the reads and Joyeuse Noel. Bonne Annee 2011 :)

  3. I really liked this book. Didn't realize that there was a graphic novel of it!!!

  4. The Alchemist is now a graphic novel? I hope you enjoy it, as well as Ha'Penny.

  5. I liked The Alchemist - we read it as a book club read. I'm curious how the graphic novel is. :) Here's my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  6. I have read Coelho several books now which I liked, but Ha'penny is new to me. Enjoy.

    My Mailbox is also up. Enjoy the reading and Merry Christmas.

  7. You know Ha'Penny sounds good to me. Happy reading!

  8. I have The Alchemist on my wishlist for a read-together book with Bebe Boy James and Ha'Penny sounds wonderful! Enjoy them both!