Mystery Photo #164

Last Friday was like Christmas all over again.  It always feels like Christmas when new books arrive in the mail.  Yayyyy!!!!  I pre-ordered four books at the end of December and chose the “wait to ship until the last one is released so you get free shipping” option, which meant that they all arrived on the same day.  The funny thing is that the last one was supposed to come out on February 10th and it arrived over a week early.  Score!  I thought I would share my book haul with you (along with the synopses from Goodreads) because some of you may enjoy these authors as much as I do:

1)  The Damned by Andrew Pyper – Danny Orchard wrote a bestselling memoir about his near-death experience in a fire that claimed the life of his twin sister, Ashleigh, but despite the resulting fame and fortune he’s never been able to enjoy his second chance at life. Ash won’t let him.  In life, Danny’s charming and magnetic twin had been a budding psychopath who privately terrorized her family—and death hasn’t changed her wicked ways. Ash has haunted Danny for twenty years and now, just when he’s met the love of his life and has a chance at real happiness, she wants more than ever to punish him for being alive—so she sets her sights on Danny’s new wife and stepson.  Danny knows what Ash really wants is him, and he’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order to save the ones he loves. The question is: will he make it back this time?

2)  The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon  (Book 2 of the Bone Season series) -Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London.  As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

3)  The Deep by Nick Cutter – A strange plague called the ’Gets is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget—small things at first, like where they left their keys…then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily…and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as “ambrosia” has been discovered—a universal healer, from initial reports. It may just be the key to a universal cure. In order to study this phenomenon, a special research lab, the Trieste, has been built eight miles under the sea’s surface. But now the station is incommunicado, and it’s up to a brave few to descend through the lightless fathoms in hopes of unraveling the mysteries lurking at those crushing depths…and perhaps to encounter an evil blacker than anything one could possibly imagine.

4)  Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Book 2 of The Red Rising Trilogy) – Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.  A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart.

I dove into The Damned right away and finished it in just a few sittings, and it was totally creepy and awesome like I knew it would be.  Andrew Pyper is an incredibly talented author, and I’m also proud to say he’s Canadian!  Then I immediately lost myself in The Mime Order, and I am even more impressed with this new young author than I was when I read her first book.  This is a series that I can easily lose myself in.  The world building is incredible.

My wonderful books are calling, so let’s get on with the matter at hand.  It’s mystery photo day.  Show me what you’ve got, oh smart ones.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #164

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23 Responses to Mystery Photo #164

  1. first one here–that means I will have to come back and copy someone else’s answer later–but could it be the end of a clip of some sort?
    love your book synopsis–am particularly intrigued by Pyper’s offering and fact that he is Cdn is icing on the cake–I collect Cdn authors (their books — not them personally)

    • Andrew Pyper is really, really nice. I met him at the Word on the Street book fair in Toronto last summer. He has written quite a few books, but my first exposure to him was his book The Demonologist, which was amazing but very mind warping. He is an excellent writer.

  2. Jeff Sinon says:

    Looks like a bag clip. At least that’s what we use them for, chip bags, etc.

  3. Sounds like a good weekend to curl up with a book since we’re getting more snow. I shouldn’t have looked at Jeff’s answer because now I think the same.

    • I am supposed to be going to a baby shower in Orillia tomorrow, so I am really hoping that the snow will hold off. The combination of snow and driving on the 400 doesn’t appeal to me at all!! So glad you had fun at your photography convention :).

  4. Hmmmm for some reason I’ve not had an email notification of today’s mystery photo and noticed it on Facebook. I’ve gone back and checked my emails and everything. Hope hum. This looks to me like it’s probably a fancy clothes peg.

  5. TBM says:

    A potty training device for mice. You have the patience of a saint.

    Great book haul. I’m still catching up on books you’ve already suggested, so it will take me some time to get to these. And don’t start screaming about Bird Box! It’s at the top of the list.

    Happy Friday all!

  6. GrahamInHats says:

    Its a toe nail sharpener for ninjas, a dongle with attitude, a mouse nose polisher, a worm gripper for squeamish fisherman or that hing in the back of the drawer that I stare at from time to time.

  7. benzeknees says:

    This looks like an updated clothes peg to me! We got quite a bit of snow yesterday – when I had to do so much running around! Hubby had to have another emergency eye surgery on Tuesday since his retina was detaching again, so it was off to the doctor early Wed. morning to check the results of the surgery, then I had to have my eyes checked (for a new prescription for my glasses), off to the pulmonologist to get the results of my sleep study (I do promise there will be a post coming soon). Today it’s cold & windy still, with a few snowflakes still falling & with hubby home for the next couple weeks, we are tired out from our running around yesterday we’re taking turns having naps.

  8. You can’t see me but I’m currently doing the ecstatic book haul dance on your behalf! LOL. Wow that is an awesome set of books, I hope managed to get some time next week to start reading them. 🙂

    As for the mystery photo hmm… I’m going for a clip as well. TBM’s answer was priceless!

  9. Good morning everyone :). Although I suppose this could easily be used as a clothes peg, it is actually a chip clip as most people guessed. Great job everyone!

  10. Hmmm…here’s what I would said: the black part looks like it’s a potty training thingy:)

  11. I understand you excitement about getting books delivered, I feel the same way myself. Enjoyed the reading! As for the mystery, it must be some sort of a clip – like others have suggested.

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