Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Books and What I’ve Been Reading

Bookshelf Roundup is where I talk about the new books I’ve bought or received for review, what I plan to read soon, and what I’ve finished reading recently.

Received for Review

Brayan's Gold The Venusian Gambit Faces

The Great Bazaar/Brayan’s Gold by Peter V. Brett – Print ARC, with thanks to Tachyon Publications. I was really surprised (and delighted) when the publisher emailed me after seeing my review of Brett’s latest Demon Cycle book to tell me about this collection of two novellas set in that world, and they very kindly sent this along in the post for me.

The Venusian Gambit by Michael J. Martinez – Paperback, with thanks to Night Shade Books. This is book three of the Daedalus series and it was an unexpected arrival, but I have plans on reading it as soon as I’m caught up. I’ve only read the first book, but it had some of the most mind-blowing ideas I’ve ever read.

Faces by E.C. Blake – Print ARC, with thanks to DAW/Penguin. I think I would have ended up requesting this one even if it hadn’t been unsolicited, because I really enjoyed the first two books and I believe this is the last book of the trilogy, so I really can’t miss that!

Mother of Eden Seriously Wicked Marked

Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett – Digital ARC via NetGalley, with thanks to Crown Publishing. I loved Dark Eden so much, I went to request this follow-up even before I was finished. I an reading it now and will probably be done with it by the time this post goes live, but so far I have to say it’s quite good but nowhere near as subtle as the first book.

Seriously Wicked by Tina Conolly – Hardcover, with thanks to Tor Teen. Unsolicited review copy, but it looks seriously fun and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read by Tina Connolly in the past, so I’m definitely going to give this one a read.

Marked by Sue Tingey – Paperback, with thanks to Jo Fletcher Books. I hadn’t even heard of this one before, but as soon as I arrived I went to look it up. Ghost girls and demon assassins? Yeah, I’m in.

Cash Crash Jubilee The Hanged Man BINARY resized

Cash Crash Jubilee by Eli K.P. William – Hardcover, with thanks to Night Shade Books. Unsolicited review copy, but once again, it sounds like a book that I must check out: “In a near future Tokyo, every action—from blinking to sexual intercourse—is intellectual property owned by corporations that charge licensing fees.” Never stop introducing me to cool stuff, Night Shade.

The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod – Hardcover,  with thanks to Tor Books. Really excited to receive this one, as it’s on my 2015 most anticipated list of SFF books by women!

Binary by Stephanie Saulter – Hardcover, with thanks to Quercus USA. I still can’t get over how incredibly gorgeous the cover is for the US edition of this novel. I can’t wait to read it, I absolutely adored the first book.

Zero World Alive2 The Shadow of Elysium

Zero World by Jason M. Hough – Digital ARC via NetGalley with thanks to Del Rey. Great to see Jason M. Hough follow up his Dire Earth Cycle with this fantastic looking new sci-fi spy thriller.

Alive by Scott Sigler – Digital ARC via NetGalley with thanks to Del Rey. I had featured this one in one of my Waiting on Wednesdays, so I was very happy when I got approved for it!

The Shadow of Elysium by Django Wexler – Digital ARC with thanks to Penguin. A novella that ties into Wexler’s Shadow Campaigns series which should tide me over until the third book, an ARC of which I’ve been told should be coming my way soon, yay!

Back to the Backlist

No new backlist titles on tap for this week because I listed a bunch last month that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet. It’s possible to fall behind on a backlist, who’d have thought?

What I’ve Read Since the Last Update

A lot of books may be coming in, but a lot of books are also getting read and reviewed. Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books in the coming weeks. Ones for Hexed (dual review of the novel and graphic novel with Tiara), The Sword of the North (my guest review at Fantasy Book Critic), and The Gospel of Loki are already up.

Hexed Sisters of Witchdown Sword of the North A Darker Shade final for Irene

The Wrath and the Dawn Defiant Dragons of Dorcastle

Persona Mother of Eden Gospel of Loki

Have you heard of or read any of the books featured in this week? What looks interesting to you?

21 Comments on “Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: New Books and What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Forgot about Hanged Man. At one time I had that on my wish list (perhaps because it sounded like a book about The Taken, which I know it is not).

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  2. There is nothing I enjoy more than contemplating the list of books I’ve lined up for reading – and in some cases I even gloat, Gollum-like, over them! 😀 So it’s delightful to discover a few more titles I would like to add to my own collection. And I’m looking forward to your review on “Defiant”, since I liked the first book in the series quite a bit…

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  3. I’ll also surely have Seriously Wicked by Tina Conolly & The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod. I asked for them and I know they sent the first one. So curious to try them! Happy reading!

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  4. A print ARC of The Great Bazaar/Brayan’s Gold? Nice! The Daedalus series looks very cool, but I haven’t read the first two, so that’s going to have to wait for me. As for Cash Crash Jubilee, I’ve been assured that’s in the mail and on its way!

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    • Yeah, I was surprised when it turned up. A slim little volume that looks like it could be perfect for a nice quiet weekend afternoon to read through both stories.

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  5. You always have the best pile of books on these posts! I get excited just seeing them listed. I also got approved for Zero World this week, and I’m so excited about that. Really excited to read your review of Persona, and I just added Alive to my list because I don’t remember it from your WoW post. And I also have The Hanged Man and Cash Crash Jubilee as well. Have fun!

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  6. So many great books on this list, both that you’ve read and that you’ve gotten for review. There are a couple of titles here I’m a little bit jealous over. :p

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  7. Well, I know I’m already looking forward to reading your thoughts on THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and DEFIANT. I already have my copy of the latter, even though it’s technically not out till this coming Tuesday. It happened with RADIANT, too. Skyhorse / Talos seems to be super-fast with sending out pre-orders for new releases, and that’s not a bad thing. 🙂

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    • What a nice surprise that must have been! Yeah, I was given conflicting publishing dates for Defiant, I thought it was the 5th but then the publisher later told me it was the 12th. Guess they went with the earlier date after all!

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  8. GORGEOUS haul Mogsy^^ LOTS of new ones for me that I will be checking out asap! I also see lots of exciting books in the ones you’ve read recently, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on them all 😀 Happy weekend! x

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  9. So Dark Eden was that awesome, huh? I have had that on my shelf for a long time, and I was planning on reading it before seeing him at a con in Dortmund a while back. But then I ended up not being able to go to the con and I got distracted from the book. Nice reminder to pick it up again soon.

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