Friday, January 22, 2010

Weekly Finds: 1/22/10

 I'm changing the weekday I post this since I always seem to get sidetracked on the weekends and forget to post.  I'll be trying to post this weekly on Fridays from here on out.

Decoding The Lost Symbol by Simon Cox

Won from a contest on Cheli's Shelves.  Thanks Cheli!!!

From the back of the book:  Dan Brown's new novel once again features Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, this time in the United States, racing to uncover clues and crack codes involving secrets that are perpetuated to this day.  But how much of the novel is true and what is pure fiction?  Simon Cox, bestselling author of Cracking the Da Vinci Code and Illuminating Angels & Demons, offers the first definitive guide to all the mysteries in The Lost Symbol.

Based on extensive research, this A-to-Z guide lists the real people, organizations, and themes featured in Dan Brown's latest novel, explains their histories and their meanings, reproduces and analyzes the symbols themselves, and provides insider knowledge gleaned from years of exhaustive study.  From the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the secrets of Salt Lake City and the hidden enclaves in Langley, Virginia, Cox knows where the facts are hidden about the Freemasons, Albert Pike, the Rosicrucians, the Founding Fathers, and more.

This is the only resource you'll need to understand and enjoy the complex new world of The Lost Symbol.

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter - Book 1 in The Lords of the Underworld

This order came in the mail today.  I have the third in the series and it looked very good so I ordered the first.

From the back of the book:  Searching for her missing brother, Grace Carlyle never dreamed she would discover a secret world populated by mythological monsters - or find herself facing a sword-wielding being whose looks put mortal men to shame.

But there he was, Darius en Kragin, one of a race of shape-shifting warriors bound to guard the gates of Atlantis, and kill all travelers who strayed within its borders.

Now Grace's life was in his hands, and Darius had to choose between his centuries-old vow and the woman who had slipped beneath his defenses and stolen the heart of Atlantis's fiercest dragon.

Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter - Book 2 in The Lords of the Underworld

This is the second book in the series I ordered to read before I read the third that I already had.

From the back of the book:  All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy.  Grayson james, human agent of the ultrasecret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands - or destroy it.  What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone!  But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind...

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, needs Gray's help to win her freedom.  Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis.  But need blossoms into passionate love as they battle demons, dragons and vampires - and fight for a future that seems impossible...

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book showed up at my house, and I'm not sure how it got here.  I don't remember ordering it, but it sounds pretty good.

From the back of the book:  Greed, treachery, mesmerism, and murder are just some of the bricks Hawthorne uses to build The House of Seven Gables.  Generations before the present story begins, wealthy Colonel Pyncheon covets Matthew Maule's land.  When Maule is hanged for witchcraft, he puts a curse on the Colonel - and all his descendants.  Now the menacing Judge Puncheon continues the family tradition of hiding creulty under a dazzling smile, while his scowling niece, Hepzibah, and half-mad nephew, Clifford, are reduced to poverty by his machinations.  But the younger generation, embodied in their distant cousin Phoebe, becomes a ray of hope penetrating the dark house.

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