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
Normally my Bookshelf Roundup is a feature I do every other week, but today I wanted to slip in a special update to give a shout-out to the kind folks at Subterranean Press. A wonderful surprise came from them last week in a form of a care package containing a veritable bounty of ARCs. A big thank you to the awesome team at Subterranean Press for all these goodies! For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to check out their Goodreads pages, linked below!
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi ♦ The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred by Greg Egan ♦ Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold ♦ Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold ♦ Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon ♦ Resume Speed by Lawrence Block ♦ A Long December by Richard Chizmar ♦ The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne ♦ Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones by Mike Resnick ♦ Coco Butternut by Joe R. Lansdale ♦ Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale
Almost all of these are novellas and collections of short stories, bite-sized portions perfect for some afternoon reading. The quandary is trying to decide what to pick up first.
Any time I see Lois McMaster Bujold’s name though, my interest is always piqued, especially since the Penric novellas are set in the same universe as her World of the Five Gods that includes her Chalion series (which are absolutely wonderful, wonderful books). I’m also eyeing The Purloined Poodle because I’ve heard it’s adorable and funny, which shouldn’t be surprising since it’s set in the same world as Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. I’ll also happily check out anything by Scalzi, even his super short stories. Most of the rest are completely new to me, but given my penchant for fantasty westerns and weird pulpy books, Last Train from Perdition and Dead on the Bones is calling out to me too!
What looks good to you?
A small list since it’s only been a week, but what a week! Here are the books I reviewed since the last update, and among them are some amazing gems. Feature spot goes to The Reader, for being my favorite YA novel of the year so far.
Interviews & Guest Posts
Big thanks to Seth Skorkowsky who stopped by The BiblioSanctum this week with a guest post. His new book Ibenus is out now, so go check it out!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Young Adult, Magic, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Horror, Adventure…seems I had a taste of a bit of everything this week. Stay tuned, here’s some of what will be reviewed at the BiblioSanctum very soon.
Have you heard of or read any of the books featured this week? What caught your eye? Any new discoveries? I hope you found something interesting for a future read! Let me know what you plan on checking out. Until next time, see you next Roundup!