Monday 8 September 2014

Monday Posts

Mailbox Monday & It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

It was created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books but now has a permanent home here


This week I got two books for my Kindle. The End Is Nigh is a collection of apocalyptic short stories and I also downloaded Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. I managed to get Annihilation when it was free, it's been on my wishlist ever since I saw a tweet by Stephen King praising the series.


The End is NighFamine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm.

But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

THE END IS NIGH features all-new, never-before-published works by Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jamie Ford, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, and many others.

AnnihilationIf J.J. Abrams and Margaret Atwood collaborated on a novel, it might look something like ‘Annihilation’, the first in an extraordinary trilogy.

For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.

‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.

But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.


Its Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme run by Book Journey and you can mention books you've just finished, are currently reading and any you plan to read this week. You can leave a link to your blog and read other bloggers posts.


This week I finished The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell and you can read my review here. I've also read half of The End Is Nigh (see Mailbox Monday above) and will go back to finish it after my current read, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.


The Paying GuestsThe Girl Next Door






  1. The combination of authors in that trilogy looks great

  2. Hope you enjoy Annihilation. I read it a couple months back. I just bought the follow ups this week and they appear in my MM.

  3. I only occasionally read dystopian or apocalyptic novels...they are depressing! LOL

    But I do love the look of The Paying Guests, a nice twist on boarders! Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

  4. I hope you enjoy your new books. Not my "cup of tea." :)

    Have a great week.

    Giveaway going on at my blog until Thursday for Accidents of Marriage if anyone wants to stop by.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  5. I've seen the End is Nigh around I think goodreads, I really want to read it, hope it's awesome for you
    Here is my Monday


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