Books That Caught Our Eye

DragonLegendsAt Mailbox Monday we encourage participants to not only share the books they received, but to check out the books others have received.

Every Wednesday we will each share two books that caught our eye from that week’s Mailbox Monday.

We encourage you to share the books that caught your eye in the comments.


Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell at Stacy’s Books.

EpitaphThis richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Epitaph tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

“I rarely read westerns, but after reading the author’s previous book, Doc, a fictionalized account of one year in the life of Doc Holliday, I enjoyed it so much that I am looking forward to her newest book, a continuation of the story but focusing on Wyatt Earp. ”

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray at The Reading Date.

TenThousandSkiesEver since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

“I occasionally enjoy reading a YA book, and when I do it’s usually science fiction. I enjoyed the first book in this series and am looking forward to finding out what happens next.”


The Apex Book of World SF 4 by Mahvesh Murad & Lavie Tidhar @ Beauty In Ruins.

the apex book of world sfNow firmly established as the benchmark anthology series of international speculative fiction, volume 4 of The Apex Book of World SF sees debut editor Mahvesh Murad bring fresh new eyes to her selection of stories.

From Spanish steampunk and Italian horror to Nigerian science fiction and subverted Japanese folktales, from love in the time of drones to teenagers at the end of the world, the stories in this volume showcase the best of contemporary speculative fiction, wherever it’s written.

“I went back and forth over and over trying to decide between this book and Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick, another one of Bob’s books. In the end I went with this book, but am adding both to my tbr list, along with the first 3 books in The Apex Book of World SF series.”

final frontiersmanThe Final Frontiersman by James Campbell @ Griperang’s Bookmarks.

Hundreds of hardy people have tried to carve a living in the Alaskan bush, but few have succeeded as consistently as Heimo Korth. Originally from Wisconsin, Heimo traveled to the Arctic wilderness in his feverous twenties. Now, more than three decades later, Heimo lives with his wife and two daughters approximately 200 miles from civilization—a sustainable, nomadic life bounded by the migrating caribou, the dangers of swollen rivers, and by the very exigencies of daily existence.

“I love books that are full of adventure”


Hiroshima and Nagasaki: An Illustrated History, Anthology, and Guide by Magnus Bartlett and Robert O’Connor, published by Odyssey Books & Maps at Rose City Reader.

HiroshimaAs the 70th anniversary of their destruction approaches, Odyssey tells the story of these uniquely twinned cities using literary extracts from Socrates, Murasaki Shikibu, St Francis Xavier, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Commodore Perry, Vincent Van Gogh, Giacomo Puccini, Jack London, Sun Yat Sen, D. T. Suzuki, Eleanor Roosevelt, Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill, Dame Edith Sitwell, Keiji Nakazawa, Shusaku Endo, Kenzaburo Oe, Eugene Smith, John Hersey, Muddy Waters, Akira Kurosawa, Jonathan Schell and many more.

Odyssey also uses rarely seen photographs and documents to tell the full story of what led up to the bombings, in the hope it will spark discussion and debate about nuclear weapons and their place in the modern world. Odyssey will also show the cities as they are today, showing the resilience of their citizens by rebuilding after total destruction. 150 color and black & white illustrations.

“I like books that combine not only text but also maps, images, and illustrations to talk about history, and WWII is one of the most intriguing. I couldn’t pass this one up this week.”

6 thoughts on “Books That Caught Our Eye

    • Definitely different choices than usual for me. I rarely read westerns but I’m hooked on Doc and Wyatt, and it’s unusual that I am anxiously waiting for a YA book, but the first book in this series was really good.

  1. So glad that you loved Doc, Leslie! I’m not a western fan, but Mary convinced me I needed to read both Doc & Epitaph. She has such a love for Doc, calls him her favorite character ever 🙂

    • I’m not a western fan either, but she made the subject so interesting I was wanting more at the end of the book. And yes, her love for the character came through. I wish she would visit the Chicago area again – such an interesting speaker.

  2. I’m glad the Hiroshima & Nagasaki book caught your eye. It caught mine too! I’ve never seen a “travel guide” quite like it — part history, part art book, part guide for the modern visitor. It is fascinating.

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