I wanted to subscribe to a book subscription box for quite some time and after scouring the internets, I found one that worked for me, in terms of both price and content. But the BookCase Club and I got off to a rocky start (through no fault of theirs, I assure you.)
I subscribed in February, so my first box came in March. I was really excited when it arrived. Less so when I opened it and saw that I already owned one of the books in the box. Major bummer, but not entirely unexpected, since I buy a wholly unreasonable number of books. But stiff upper lip, and all that. I soldiered on, by which I mean I just waited for the April box. It came, I opened it, and…sigh. This time, I’d already read one of the books in the box – two years ago.
Well, now I had to make a decision. Each Bookcase Club box contains two books, but for two months straight I had effectively only received one book. Which meant that, for me, the club was no longer cost effective. So, I thought, maybe I need to cancel. But I really didn’t want to give up the unmitigated joy of not only getting books in the mail, but having no idea what those books might be. So I hung in there for one more month and the May box did not let me down. Therein were two books that I not only did not own, but that I had never even heard of. Yahtzee!
I’ve decided to read at least one book from my box the same month I receive the box. That way I won’t have a whole year’s subscription just sitting around unread. So I’m currently reading Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. But I’ll put the synopses for both books below and link to their Amazon pages if you want to check them out. Let me know which you’d want to read straight out the box.
(Note: I don’t make any money if you click the links on my blog. The links are just meant to be informative so feel free to click with wild abandon.)
The Godless by Ben Peek
(from the publisher)
The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world’s ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer’s apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of ‘cursed’ men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, the narrative of Godless reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm.
The first installment in Ben Peek’s exciting new epic fantasy series, The Godless is a fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world.
Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Ben Peek
(from the publisher)
Pittsburgh is John Dominic Blaxton’s home even though the city has been uninhabitable ruin and ash for the past decade. The Pittsburgh Dominic lives in is the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the city’s buildings, parks, and landmarks, as well as the people who once lived there. Including Dominic’s wife and unborn child.
When he’s not reliving every recorded moment with his wife in an endless cycle of desperation and despair, Dominic investigates mysterious deaths preserved in the Archive before Pittsburgh’s destruction. His latest cold case is the apparent murder of a woman whose every appearance is deliberately being deleted from the Archive.
Obsessed with uncovering this woman’s identity and what happened to her, Dominic follows a trail from the virtual world into reality. But finding the truth buried deep within an illusion means risking his sanity and his very existence…