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.
Happy new year and welcome to the first Bookshelf Roundup of 2018! In other news, I am already so behind on my reading. Hopefully it won’t take me too long to get back into the rhythm; January kicks off with a ton of new releases, and it only gets better from here.
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!
With thanks to Hogarth/Crown Publishing for sending me a finished copy of The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith. I’m hoping to start the book this weekend, and the excitement they’ve drummed up for this is really catching. And that’s not it – Crown also sent along the movie tie-in edition to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It’s one of my favorite books ever and words cannot describe how much I’m looking forward to see the movie.
Patently Absurd by Bradley W. Schenck is a collection of six short stories complete with illustrations from the same author as the retro-style sci-fi novel I read last year, Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. So when Bradley contacted me just before the end of the last year offering an opportunity to review this anthology, I very enthusiastically accepted! Thank you to Radio Planet Books for sending me an ARC.
Next up comes a trio of finished copies from Tor Books: Survival by Ben Bova is third book of Star Quest, wrapping up a trilogy (unfortunately, I have not read the first two books); Mad Hatters and March Hares edited by Ellen Datlow is described as a collection of weird tales inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Nemo Rising by C. Courtney Joyner is a sort-of sequel to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, continuing the adventures of Captain Nemo. I’ve been seeing some mixed reviews, but out of these three surprise arrivals I think this last one interests me the most!
On to the digital haul, my thanks to Harper Voyager for the following e-galleys: Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon is an epic dark fantasy novel which looks to have potential, given the big names behind this collaboration, and The Feed by Nick Clark Windo is a post-apocalyptic novel that explores the future of humanity in a technology saturated world.
With thanks to Penguin Random House Audio I also received a couple of audio review copies. First of these is The Defiant by Lesley Livingston. I’ve already listened to this one and I loved it! It might even be better than the first book. Keep an eye out for my review sometime next week. I’ve also resolved to read more in the thriller-mystery genre this year, which is why I also downloaded The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor, a psychological suspense thriller about a group of boys in the 80’s who are led to a dismembered body by a trail of little chalk stick men. Now grown, their past have come back to haunt them when each of them receive a single chalk figure in the mail. Sounds creepy.
And with a new year comes new novellas from Tor.com! Thank you to the publisher for the following eARCs. The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre is a debut science fiction adventure about a man who lives with the personalities of multiple people in his head, each a master of a different set of skills. This does remind me a lot of Brandon Sanderson’s Legion, but we’ll see how this book handles the concept. The Barrow Will Send What It May by Margaret Killjoy is book two of the anarcho-punk fantasy series Danielle Cain, which began last summer with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion. Stone Mad by Elizabeth Bear is a novella set in the the same world as Karen Memory (a great book!) following the eponymous heroine on a new story set in a steampunk/Victorian era-inspired Pacific Northwest. Memory’s Blade by Spencer Ellsworth is the conclusion of the Starfire space opera trilogy. I didn’t even realize the second book had come out! Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do. And finally, , Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson is an interesting looking sci-fi which seeks to blend time travel with climate fiction and historical fantasy.
The flood of end-of-the-year best-of lists and looking-forward-to-in-2018 posts meant the last couple weeks were pretty light on reviews, but here’s a quick summary of what I’ve managed to put up since the last update:
Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold (4 of 5 stars)
Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci (3.5 of 5 stars)
Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire (3.5 of 5 stars)
Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (3.5 of 5 stars)
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman by Meagan Spooner (2.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
It’s taken me some time to ease back into my regular reading and reviewing schedule, but I’m getting there. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve managed to finish the following books. A few of them have been reviewed already, with the rest coming 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!