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.
Hard to believe April is upon us already, but while 2017 is zipping on by, I also can’t really find it in myself to complain too much. The thing is, I am just so beyond ready for spring right now. In fact, this week I’ll be away on a much needed break, traveling south in search of warmer climes, so apologies if I’m slower to reply to comments or visit your blogs in the coming days, but I’ve got a good excuse! 🙂
Anyway, as you can imagine things have been busy with all the preparations, but I’m looking forward to some rest and relaxation. I don’t actually expect I’ll get much reading done, but I’m packing a bunch of books regardless, including some of my new arrivals…
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!
Kicking things off, we have this trio of lovelies: The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer contains a selection of the finest pieces short fiction published between 2005 and 2014 during Subterranean magazine’s run. It features a whopping 30 stories and the author lineup reads like a dream team of modern SFF masters like Alastair Reynolds, Cherie Priest, Joe Hill, Catherynne M. Valente, Caitlín R. Kiernan, George R. R. Martin, John Scalzi, Kelley Armstrong, K.J. Parker and many, many more. Yes, it is a MASSIVE anthology. Next up, The Innkeeper Chronicles Vol. 1 by Ilona Andrews is the omnibus collection the first three books of the authors’ self-pubbed series. I’ve always wanted to check these out! And finally, we have The Process (Is A Process All Its Own) by Peter Straub. Long time readers of the author will probably be familiar with his “latter day Jack the Ripper” serial killer character Tillman Hayward, whom Straub will be bringing back in this upcoming novella. Personally I’ve never read Straub before, but this one has a chilling, disturbing vibe to it that’s really calling to me, so I’ll probably check it out. My thanks to Subterranean Press for the ARCs!
Tremontaine created by Ellen Kushner – After my incredible experience with Bookburners, I told myself I would check out more serials from Serial Box. Thus, my attention immediately fell upon Tremontaine. This one is the complete first season collecting all thirteen episodes of this prequel series to Kushner’s Riverside and I can’t wait to binge read them all! Next up is The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford, a historical re-imagining of world where the atom bomb had been ready in time to stop Hitler from killing millions of people. Alternate history is my kinda thing, so of course I had to take a look. With thanks the amazing team at Wunderkind PR and Saga Press!
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis is coming out in paperback soon! Thank you to Crown for this finished copy, sporting its gorgeously striking redesigned cover. In case you missed my review of the original hardback release, you can check it out here!
Brimstone by Cherie Priest – I’m really excited to read this one! And maybe just a little trepidatious as well. Early reviews appear to be all over the place, and considering how Priest has been hit or miss with me in the past, I really don’t know how I will do with this one! I did however really enjoy her last novel The Family Plot, so I am optimistic that she’ll have another horror hit on her hands. Thank you to Ace Books!
The Last Iota by Robert Kroese – Last year I read The Big Sheep, a most excellent futuristic sci-fi mystery with shades of Sherlock Holmes and Philip K. Dick, mixed with a heavy dose of humor and bizarre twists. Huge thanks to the author and Thomas Dunne Books for this ARC of the sequel! I’m so pumped to read it.
The End of the Day by Claire North – I’ll never say no to a new Claire North novel. I can always rely on her stories to be completely innovative and unique. My thanks to Redhook!
The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo – Thanks Tor.com for sending this one along! I’m loving the sound of this historical fantasy “inspired by the 1917 Russian Revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters.”
The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells – Martha Wells returns with a fifth novel in her Books of the Raksura sequence. The incredible world-building in this series never ceases to amaze me. With thanks to Night Shade Books and Edelweiss.
Last week I also received a couple of exclusive promo samplers for Tyrant’s Throne, the upcoming fourth novel of the Greatcoats series. Inside Secrets of the Greatcoats are some handy recaps of the first three books and an excerpt from book four, as well as a bunch of other cool extras like “secret” letters from the king. The reason I have two versions is because I got one each from both the UK and US publishers. Thanks so much Jo Fletcher Books and Quercus! I can’t wait to read Tyrant’s Throne!
It’s review roundup time! It’s almost a wall of four stars…it was a good couple weeks, I guess!
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (4 of 5 stars)
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (4 of 5 stars)
The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker (4 of 5 stars)
Winter of the Gods by Jordanna Max Brodsky (4 of 5 stars)
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (4 of 5 stars)
The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge (4 of 5 stars)
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (3 of 5 stars)
In blog news, the big announcement this month is of course the return of Tough Traveling! To celebrate, a few of us got together to collaborate on the inaugural post over at Fantasy Faction, where our new host Laura has set up a place for everyone participating in this meme to link up. There you will also find more info on Tough Traveling if you want to join in the fun! The theme is appropriately BEGINNINGS, and you can feel free to post your lists throughout the month. You can also start preparing for the theme for May, which will be ASSASSINS!
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here are the books I finished recently. Last week was pretty much a flurry of review writing as I pushed to schedule as many posts as possible ahead of time, so you should see regular blog activity proceed as normal. My presence online will probably be sporadic though, but I promise I will catch up with everything upon my return! Happy reading, everyone!
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!