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!
The Genius Plague by David Walton – My thanks to Pyr Books for sending me an ARC! I’m really looking forward to this sci-fi epidemic plague novel about a fungus that infects humans and makes them…smarter. It’s anyone’s guess how things will turn out, but I’m sure it’ll be interesting.
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard – I was so excited earlier this week when an ARC of this arrived, with huge thanks to Saga Press! I really enjoyed Howard’s gorgoues debut Roses and Rot last year and I’m looking forward to checking out her next novel.
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I was pretty surprised when a mystery package arrived and it turned out to be this ARC, but seeing as this book’s VERY high on my list of anticipated titles this fall, I’m definitely thrilled. With thanks to Tor Books.
Also thanks to Berkley for these two finished copies. I simply cannot wait to dive into Lost Boy by Christina Henry, from the author who also brought us the dark Chronicles of Alice duology. This time we’re delving into the world of Peter Pan to look at how his once greatest friend ended up becoming his greatest nemesis. Seeing as I’ve been yearning for a good Captain Hook story since forever, I’m really hoping this will finally be the one I’ve been searching for. Next up is a finished copy of Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. The book will conclude her Great Library trilogy, and I’m practically on pins and needles with my eagerness to find out how things will end.
Also a big shout out to St. Martin’s Press, as they’ve been spoiling me big time with surprise books in the mail lately. Some of them have fallen outside my usual genres, it’s true, but when Shark Island by Chris Jameson showed up, I was actually pretty intrigued. A gory thriller about some crazy shark action in Great White infested waters? Sign me the hell up.
The awesomeness of the kind folks at St. Martin’s Press continues with this arrival of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. The first book Nevernight was released to some pretty mixed reviews, but I found it a lot of fun despite its flaws. I could see myself continuing with the sequel, and now I definitely will be reading. I also received an ARC of In the Still of the Night by David L. Golemon, which I found out after some digging around is the sequel to a supernatural horror novel called The Supernaturals. I have not read the first book, but it looks interesting so I’m going to see if I can track it down before the second book’s release date rolls around. Next up is an ARC of What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong, the third volume in the author’s hit series John Dies at the End. Gah, I’m really hoping I can read this as a standalone, because it looks like so much fun. Finally, I received a finished copy of Unit 416 by J. Leon Pridgen II and A. John Vinci, a straight up military thriller described as The Dirty Dozen for the modern era. Not my usual kind of read, but it does sound like a rip-roaring good time. My thanks again to the publisher for all these lovelies!
And last but not least, my thanks to Subterranean Press for the following ARCs. I was beside myself when I received this copy of The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne, the next in the author’s hilarious Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries series starring Atticus O’Sullivan’s faithful Irish wolfhound from the Iron Druid Chronicles. What adventures will that pup be up to next? And finally, The Weight of Words edited by Dave McKean and William Schafer is a collection of McKean’s stunning and evocative artwork, presented along with narratives written by some of SFF most recognizable names.
Moving on to the digital pile, thank you to Tor.com for making my week once again with a trio of new e-galleys: Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey is the sequel to River of Teeth, which I actually just reviewed. It does feel great being caught up for once! That said, I also received A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell and The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo, both of which are also sequels, and unfortunately I’m not so caught up there. Leena Likitalo’s The Five Daughters of the Moon is releasing later this month though, and I’d love to give that a read if I can fit it in, so I can jump right into the second one.
My NetGalley books were also looking a little lonely (according to me) so I also made a couple of requests this week. My thanks to Angry Robot for The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz. I probably should have finished his ‘Mancer series first before jumping into this new one, but it just sounded too cool to pass up. Also thanks to Del Rey for The Core by Peter V. Brett. This series and I have a love-hate relationship, but I’ve always known that I will be seeing it through to the end. And from the wonderful team at Tachyon I was sent a widget of The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen, an anthology inspired by all my favorite fairy tales and fantasy classics.
Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt – My thanks to Hachette Audio for granting my request for the third installment to the Laura Elliston series, which I’m totally pumped up for after what happened in the previous book Blood Oath. I love the narrator too, so I’m super excited about this listen.
The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard – This book caught my eye as I was looking through Penguin Audio’s titles. An alternate history novel about a tattoo machine that inscribes a person’s inner-most thoughts on their forearm, with irreversible consequences…like, whaaaat? It might or might not work, but it just sounded too bizarre to pass up. Crossing my fingers it will be good! With thanks to the publisher.
Roundup time of my reviews posted since the last update. Highlighted spot goes to the uproariously funny A Study in Brimstone.
Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Waking Land by Callie Bates (4 of 5 stars)
A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden (4 of 5 stars)
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (4 of 5 stars)
Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt (4 of 5 stars)
The Witch Who Came in From the Cold created by Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Only Child by Andrew Pyper (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Ship by Antonia Honeywell (3 of 5 stars)
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey (3 of 5 stars)
Vanguard by Jack Campbell (2 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
These are the books I’ve “unstacked” from my shelves recently. Yay! Reviews for a few of these are up already, and the rest will be up 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!