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
Thank you to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received. For more details and full descriptions of the books, be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages!
Much love to Tor Books for this trio of gorgeous finished copies! I’ve been hearing quite a bit about Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer and while there have been some mixed reviews, the bulk of what I’ve seen has been positive. I’m hoping to read it soon. Next up is the latest Pathfinder Tales novel, Through the Gate in the Sea by Howard Andrew Jones. I’m actually really excited about this one, which features a “deepwater salvager” protagonist, and from the looks of things there will also be lizard-folk and feathered dinosaurs. Finally, The Skill of Our Hands by Steven Brust and Skyler White is the second novel of the Incrementalist series. I’ve actually read book one back when it came out four years ago, so it’s been a while and I’ll probably need a refresher on the story and characters before I jump into the sequel.
Also huge thanks to Orbit for the following finished copies received! I am beyond thrilled for Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky, sequel to the absolutely amazing The Immortals which was one of my favorite books last year. As well I’m pretty pumped about Revenger by Alastair Reynolds which — believe it or not — will be my first time reading anything by the author, so that’s something I’m looking forward to. I also got a nice surprise last week when this print copy of Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames showed up on my doorstep. It’s a book I’ve been curious about for a while though, and I have definite plans to read it.
Thanks to the awesome folks at Wunderkind, I was also offered the opportunity to review these two amazing titles from Saga Press: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley sounds really intriguing, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to check it out later this month. And then there’s Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker which I’m so, so, so psyched to read! I adored the first book Borderline, and I can hardly wait to get back into this world with Millie and the Arcadia Project.
The White Road by Sarah Lotz – When this ARC arrived, it made my day — I’m a huge fan of Sarah Lotz and this book has been on my must-read list from the moment I heard she was writing a new horror-thriller about survival in the most inhospitable environments on planet earth, from the claustrophobic Cwm Pot caves to the merciless Death Zone of Everest. My thanks to Mulholland Books!
The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz – Kudos to Inkshares for always introducing me to the coolest books! This was pitched to me as a “Jim Butcher-esque Chicagoan fantasy horror series ‘with a two pack-a-day habit'” featuring a blend of ancient and contemporary magic. It appears to have flown under a lot of radars, but I’m seeing a lot more of it around now and readers seem to be giving it a lot of praise.
My thanks to the Jo Fletcher Books team for this beautiful proof of Empress of the Fall by David Hair, book one of the Sunsurge Quartet. It’s the start of a sequel series to David Hair’s Moontide Quartet which I have to say is one of the most breathtakingly stunning epic fantasy series I have ever read, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you are missing out. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m actually a book shy from completing it, but I’m hoping that won’t prevent me from jumping into this one and enjoying it right away. I’m still a little floored by the spectacular design of the winged Pegasus; one has to wonder what the finished copy will look like if the ARC is already this gorgeous.
Alone by Scott Sigler – Another surprise arrival, but it was also one I was quite happy to receive. I might have had mixed feelings about the first book, but ever since the second one, the story has been really growing on me and I find myself looking forward to see how The Generations trilogy will end. Thank you to Del Rey Books.
The Only Child by Andrew Pyper – My request for this book actually got approved around the same time I featured it for Waiting on Wednesday earlier this month, so that was some great news! Thank you to Simon and Schuster for the opportunity!
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston – Audiobook, with thanks to Listening Library. As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. Ancient Rome and female gladiators, come on! In fact, I’ve actually finished listening already, and yep, LOVED IT.
Freeks by Amanda Hocking – I also couldn’t help requesting this book in audio, because something me it’ll be a fun one to listen to. With thanks to Audible.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells – Another tasty novella from Tor.com! I’m a fan of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura so this one has me especially excited, and I’m also curious to see how she’ll tackle the sci-fi genre.
Dreamfall by Amy Plum – This is on my list of must-read YA of 2017, so when I saw it pop up on Edelweiss, I simply couldn’t resist. With thanks to HarperTeen.
The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger – I was also happy to receive this e-galley invite to one of my most anticipated fantasy debuts of the year. Thank you to Thomas Dunne Books.
A summary of my reviews posted since the last Roundup:
In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (4 of 5 stars)
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (4 of 5 stars)
Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery (4 of 5 stars)
Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong (3.5 of 5 stars)
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land (3.5 of 5 stars)
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (3.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve read recently, with a few reviews already posted. The rest to come 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!