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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In My Shopping Bag (56)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.
Through her guidelines, your post does not actually have to be named the same and thus my post shall be..."In My Shopping Bag".  (just fits with the "foodie" theme a bit better in my humble opinion)
Normally seen on a Monday, but we had a few posts that simply couldn't wait, so this one gets shifted over a day or two....but no worries, you still get a peek.
Let's see what's inside this week...

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Review
Wereling, Book 2:  Dark Moon by Steve Feasey
(ARC courtesy of Ksenia at Feiwel and Friends)
SQUEEE!  YAY!  Oh, um..sorry...well, not really...as soon as I saw the opportunity to read and review this upcoming release come my way, I jumped on it in a hurry.  The first book....so GOOD! (My review...in case you need a refresher...)  This one is scheduled for release February 2011...and I just might be hosting a giveaway for the first TWO books in this series, so stay tuned..... ^_^



Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
(courtesy of Jennifer at Over the River Publications)
Perfectly timed for reading now don't you think?  The funny part of this one is that it was going to be (and still will be) featured in an upcoming Roving Reader post that has yet to publish!  How's THAT for irony?  Can't wait to delve into this little beauty...





This next one needs a few pictures to string you along as the pitch and packaging were a well played part of the overall appeal.  I opened a seemingly innocent package to uncover two books tied together with string and a hand written note enclosed....

...the contents of said package...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
(courtesy of Eric at Quirk Books)
As I said though, the pitch for this one certainly played into my decision to take a chance on this mashup...it was quite creative!  You may see two copies there...your eyes are not deceiving you so stay tuned for a chance to win very soon.  Now back to that packaging, let's have a look at that letter that was enclosed...

It reads and I quote....

Dearest Neighborly Acquaintance:


Please excuse the impropriety of dropping you this note unannounced. Hoever, I thought it my duty to warn you of the dange that is overrunning dear England. A horde of reanimated corpses -- known as unmentionables, dreadfuls, or zombies, depending on your district -- is spreading a terrible plague against which you must defend yourself.

As you may already know, I, Elizabeth Bennet, lived a life of peace and propriety in the English countryside until a pestulent plague of unmentionables rose from the earth and begon to wreak havoc on dear Hartfordshire. Thankfully, my sisters and I were trained in the most vicious defense techniques: swordplay, hand-to-hand combat, musketry, and sharp wit. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is a tale inspired by my family's struggle to defeat the unmentionables and includes descriptions of our various tactical techinques -- and occasional social foibles.

I hope we can remain in contact as the number of zombies rises. I have purchases a Macintosh computer and am attempting to spread the word of my quest through the internet. You may find my digital correspondence, as well as those of my friends and family, at quirkclassics.com/zombies. Please help my cause by spreading the word -- and above all else, take care.

Sincerely yours,

Elizabeth Bennet


Longbourn estate
Hartfordshire, England
quirkclassics.com/zombies


How's THAT for FUN?!  Can't wait to see how this one turns out...





(1) Penn State logo Classic Fleece throw
(courtesy of CSN Stores)
One of a few items recently selected from there fabulous site.  There'll be an upcoming post once everything has arrived to highlight just how the whole experience was...stay tuned...




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That's all for this week!
What did YOU get?
Do tell!


Until next time....happy reading!






4 comments:

....Petty Witter said...

Nothing (sobs) so far this week. Several things sent for, mostly book offers that I just had to pay P&P for but they are unable to get here thanks to all the snow we have.

I could well do with that throw of yours I can tell you, lovely to snuggle up in with a good book.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oooooooooooooooooooooo I want the Christmas at the Mysterious Shop. Looks awesome. Enjoy! I can't wait for your review :)

Shy said...

I think I'll be jumping up and down with excitement if I receive anything in the mail! The handwritten letter looks rather cool, how I wish I can write as neat as that *lol*

Anyways, I hope that you enjoy the books you got! And I am really looking forward for your review on Dark Moon. I almost bought Wereling last week but sadly, the only copy available torn a little bit at the edge :( Hoping to secure myself a copy very soon!!

Have a great week and yeah, if it's snowing over there, make a snowman for me ;)

The1stdaughter said...

Okay, yeah, saw the Wereling book and before reading your blurb got really excited for you because I remember how much you loved the first book. Can't wait to her what you think of this one!

And oh! Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop looks like it has great potential!

Great haul!

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