Tuesday, January 20, 2009

better late than never...

Okay, I was waaaaay too happy finally having Rich home yesterday to do any blogging. But I didn't want to skip Mailbox Monday altogether...'cause I got me some good looking books! Plus, I thought I would use this as a chance to start up the Blame Game again. I'd stopped the last game early, because in my heart, it was so closely associated with Dewey. As any of you who would read the comments on those posts already know, Dewey and Nymeth had a hilarious little competition going on. The two of them never failed to make me smile, or laugh right out loud, when I posted the most recent tallies. Anyway, when I stopped the game, Nymeth was the winner. And when I asked her if she used the U.S. version of Amazon, she asked that instead of sending her a gift card, I donate the money to RIF in honor of Dewey. (Nymeth, I so hope it's okay that I shared that...it just was such a perfect thing to do.) And Nymeth's wonderful idea inspired me to start the game again...

Yep, the Blame Game is on again. And Dewey will still earn her points. And should she win, RIF will again get the prize. It just feels right.

So, what arrived in my house during the past week? And who's to blame?

*The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan. Arrived just in time for Carl's mini-challenge over the weekend. But it was Becky's review of the first several stories that made me absolutely need to order it. :)









*A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet by Pamela Constable and Arturo Valenzuela and The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs. These two don't actually earn anyone any points. Though I sort of feel like I should being giving Eva part of the blame. See, I put those books on my wish list long ago, without help from anyone. But...Eva's World Citizen Challenge gave me just the excuse I needed to go ahead and order them. Thanks, Eva! :)

*Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple. The blame for this one is laid solely at Nymeth's feet for her review. I'd put this on my Paperback Swap wish list right after her review, and someone finally added it. :)








*Freak Show by James St. James. This is one of those dual points books. It was the combined "efforts" of Dewey's and Renay's reviews.










(This game will last through June 30th.)

By the way, I'm having a lot of fun watching the blame pile up over at Chris's and DesLily's, too!

10 comments:

Carl V. said...

That cover for Freak Show is...freaky! But very cool as well. I'm glad you picked up Starry Rift. I've read the first 3 stories and enjoyed them all. I look forward to checking out the rest.

Thanks so much for participating this weekend and for having so much fun with it. That is what this was all about. I'm thrilled for you that Rich is home safely and that things can now return to normal for you.

Eva said...

Glad that Rich is back home!!

I really want to read Freak Show-and I'm jealous of Starry Rift (my library doesn't have it, which is shocking, because it has everything). And yay for World Citizen books! ;D I'm in the middle of my second one-China: Fragile Superpower and it's way more readable than I expected. I just finished City of Oranges last night, so now I just have to figur eout how to write a review that isn't ridiculously long. Or accept that I always write ridiculously long reviews, so why should this one be any different? lol

Nymeth said...

You got some great books, Debi! And I'm so happy you'll continue the blame game. I mean, I also totally understood why you wanted to end it, but it makes me smile to see it back. And I love that you'll still be giving Dewey points. I bet I'll also be buying books she recommended for years. And it's what we were talking about before...it's good to be able to talk about her in normal conversation. It still makes me sad and it will for a long time, but I don't want to not do it.

Nymeth said...

Also! Yes, it's totally ok :)

Melody said...

Yes, I blame Nymeth for recommending some of the books in my pile too! But then again, what should we do without her? ;)

I want to read that book by Jane Yolen!

Kailana said...

I requested A Starry Rift from the library. I am looking forward to reading it!

Trish said...

Like Nymeth said, Dewey's reviews will be influencing us for a while. Nymeth just posted her review for An Uncommon Reader and the first thing I thought about was Dewey's review.

I'm so happy for you that Rich is home.

Chris said...

I'm so so happy to see that the blame game is back :D And I'm happy for you that Rich is back! Did you get any goodies? I'm going to go ahead and add Dewey to my Bad Bloggers! too. She needs to be there...she was too much of an influence on my reading habits not to be! And I like your idea of donating to charity if she wins, so I'll do that too :) The books for Eva's challenge sound fantastic!! I may have to get those since I still don't know what to read.

Literary Feline said...

Good news on two fronts! The Blame Game is back and Rich is home. :-)

I am not familiar with any of the books you received but they all sound good. I look forward to reading your thoughts on them.

Ali said...

The blame game sounds like a fun idea, must be from before I discovered your blog. I always forget who's to blame by the time I pick up the book, though--don't tell me I need a spreadsheet for that, too!