Monday, January 30, 2012

Mondays: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her Books. Alyce  is hosting it on her at home with books

I received four novels, thanks to the authors/publicists.

Arctic Fire by Paul Byers:

A brutal storm damages a man-made iceberg destined for New York and the Chief Engineer, Gabriel Pike has serious doubts about the true intentions of the project. A grisly double homicide puts the inspection on hold as he’s accused of being the murderer in a lover’s triangle. But Pike soon discovers that there is far more at stake than just his own life.

ugly to start with by John Michael Cummings:
 Jason Stevens is growing up in picturesque, historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the 1970s. Back when the roads are smaller, the cars slower, the people more colorful, and Washington, D.C. is way across the mountains—a winding sixty-five miles away.

Jason dreams of going to art school in the city, but he must first survive his teenage years. He witnesses a street artist from Italy charm his mother from the backseat of the family car. He stands up to an abusive husband—and then feels sorry for the jerk. He puts up with his father’s hard-skulled backwoods ways, his grandfather’s showy younger wife, and the fist-throwing schoolmates and eccentric mountain characters that make up Harpers Ferry—all topped off by a basement art project with a girl from the poor side of town.

Ugly to Start With punctuates the exuberant highs, bewildering midpoints, and painful lows of growing up, and affirms that adolescent dreams and desires are often fulfilled in surprising ways.

Songs for the New Depression:
Gabriel Travers knows he's dying; he just can't prove it. Despite his doctor's proclamations to the contrary and rumors of a promising new HIV drug cocktail, all it takes is one glance into the mirror to tell Gabe everything he needs to know. His ass, once the talk of West Hollywood, now looks suspiciously like a Shar-Pei, prompting even more talk around town.

The only happiness he could remember was in high school, where he'd met Keith, his first love. Only Keith had recognized the goodness within, and knew of the brutal attack Gabe had faced, the effects of which still rule his life today.

Now almost 40, and with the clock ticking, Gabe begins to finally peel back the layers and tackle his demons - with a little help from the music of the Divine Miss M and his mom's new wife, a country music-loving priest.

Gods and Fathers by James LePore

Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey

I read a few e-novels
I am in the midst of reading:
Many books!

How far along are you in your current read before you start thinking about what you’ll read next?

I don't plan my next read at all...!!



Gigi Ann said...

It depends on what will be my schedule that week.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

I usually already know though with review books it can switch around I now have to look into Arctic Fire. Man made iceberg sounds like a different sort of story.

Kaye said...

Arctic Fire sounds pretty intriguing. Have a great week and happy reading!

CMash said...

I usually pick my next reads ahead of time.

MoniqueReads said...

Both Arctic Fire amd Ugly To Start Withv sound like good reads. Can't wait to see what you think of them.

Boriquaz said...

I'm always thinking of what to read next.

Here's my Musing
Happy reading!
Cathy @ Addicted to Books

Tribute Books Mama said...

Enjoy your reading week.

Vicki said...

I'm currently reading gods and fathers. I't s really good so far!
Here's Mine

pussreboots said...

I finished a nice mix of things. Please come see what I'm reading now.

JC Jones said...

I plan but that does not mean it will work out.

caite said...

finally, someone else with a plan!
I say Love The Book You Are With and not think about the next one.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy each book!

Alyce said...

I always read a few books at once, so really it's just whatever strikes me. I could be ten pages in or halfway through, and then I'll just start right in and alternate between the books. Right now I'm in the middle of three audiobooks, two nonfiction and two fiction titles.

Teddy Rose said...

ugly to start with sounds intruiging to me. I hope you enjoy all your books!

Cozy in Texas said...

Arctic fire looks like a good story.