Mogsy’s Bookshelf Roundup: Stacking the Shelves & Recent Reads
Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other weekend which fills the role of several blog memes, like Stacking the Shelves where I talk about the new books I’ve added to my library or received for review, as well as It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where I round up what I’ve read since the last update and what I’m planning to read soon. Mostly it also serves as a recap post, so sometimes I’ll throw in stuff like reading challenge progress reports, book lists, and other random bookish thoughts or announcements.
Received for Review
Some really exciting new arrivals this week, my thanks to all the publishers for the review copies received! For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – This wonderful surprise came earlier in the week, courtesy of the kind folks at Del Rey. I had already requested an e-galley, but receiving this beautiful bound book was no less exciting. I can’t wait to visit Michael J. Sullivan’s world again, even though this story will take place thousands of years before his Riyria novels.
Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville – My thanks to Inkshares for sending me an ARC of this book, the winner of Nerdist’s first publishing contest last summer. A coming-of-age, coming out story set in post-zombocalypse Florida, look out because this is not going to be your average zombie story!
The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese – My thanks to the author and Thomas Dunne Books for sending me an ARC of this sci-fi novel described as perfect for fans of perfect of Philip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! and Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. Sounds right up my alley!
The Order of the Eternal Sun by Jessica Leake – Surprise arrival from Night Shade Books, but this historical fantasy debut set in the opulence of Edwardian London society actually caught my eye earlier in the year, so I’m definitely going to try and give this one a read later this summer. With thanks to the publisher.
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal – Speaking of catching my eye, this next book, described as a historical fantasy set in World War I about military intelligence and spiritual mediums, has been blipping all over my radar recently. I was psyched when a copy showed up one day on my doorstep. My thanks to Tor Books.
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016 edited by Mercedes Lackey – My thanks to Pyr Books for this finished copy! I know I’m terrible when it comes to anthologies, but one day soon I’d love to check out these fantastic Nebula Awards Showcase collections.
The Sight by Chloe Neill – Book two of the Devil’s Isle series and sequel to The Veil. I’ll have to make some room for this one in August, since I had fun with the first book last year. My thanks to NAL!
Ornamental Mandalas by Jennifer Lankenau – A slim package arrived from Diversion Books last week, making me puzzle for a bit about what it could contain. It turned out to be this coloring book filled with gorgeous mandala designs! I’m actually really excited, since at the moment I don’t own any mandala themed coloring books and I’ve been poking around the net lately trying to find a good one. Flipping through this, I could tell it was exactly what I was looking for. I’m sure it’ll take me a while to color up some of these gorgeous mandalas, but once I get a few pages done I’ll be sure to review it for my Color Magic adult coloring book feature. Huge thanks to the publisher!
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn and The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan – I spoiled myself a bit on NetGalley this week, since I’ve been doing pretty well keeping up with the feedback. Both these books are on my highly anticipated list for this summer. My thanks to Ace/Roc/DAW!
The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier – I also one-clicked this beauty because I could not resist the following blurb in its description: “gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley.” I’ve wanted to read this author for a long time. Thank you, Saga Press!
The Apartment by S.L. Grey – I’m a huge fan of Sarah Lotz, who writes with Louis Greenberg under the pseudonym of S.L. Grey. As soon as I saw this, I put in a request. Sounds like one creeptastic psychological horror/thriller! My thanks to Anchor Books via Edelweiss.
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North and The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski – This is a fantastic month for audio listening, and I would like to thank Hachette Audio for sending me these two audiobooks for review. After the mind-blowing ride that was Claire North’s Touch, I am hoping her latest novel will be another winner. And The Tower of Swallows is of course the next installment of the hit Witcher series. Feels like I’ve waited forever for this to come out.
Here are all my reviews since the last update, gathered together and listed here for your convenience and viewing pleasure. These last couple of weeks were simply stellar, with everything coming in north of three stars.
Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish (4.5 of 5 stars)
Admiral by Sean Danker (4 of 5 stars)
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard (4 of 5 stars)
Warcraft: Durotan by Christie Golden (4 of 5 stars)
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (4 of 5 stars)
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (4 of 5 stars)
The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood (4 of 5 stars)
The Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (3.5 of 5 stars)
Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (3.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s been another somewhat light roundup, since I’m still in the middle of reading the first five or so chapters of all our SPFBO entries. Right now I’m about a third of the way through our batch of 30 books, so I’m feeling comfortably on track (and I’m chuckling to myself here, since I often find myself using my workout time on the treadmill to review SPFBO books – yes, I can read and run!) However, I’ve managed to chisel down my review pile some more with the following completed books. Those that haven’t been reviewed already will be coming up soon, so stay tuned.
(Also, I swear that I did not color coordinate; all my books this week coincidentally just happened to fall into one of two color schemes. Though fine, I did fudge it a little by using the old cover of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, because you know, the green kinda ruins the effect.)
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? Nothing makes me happier than sharing my love for books, so let me know what you plan on checking out. I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Until next time, see you next Roundup!