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.
It has been a busy summer, and for the whole month of August we were barely around with all the visitors and road trips. But now we’re back from the beaches and whale watching in Cape Cod, and getting ready for back-to-school. Never mind my ever-growing TBR, there’s also been an insane amount of stuff piling up on my to-do list, but hopefully it’ll just be another week or so before some semblance of order returns to my life again! In the meantime, I’m also behind on thanking the publishers and authors for new review copies received, so please check out this first batch of books and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions.
Received for Review
A big thank you to Entangled: Teen for the following received: Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is one I’ve been eagerly anticipating. With a tagline of “Beauty and the Beast like you’ve never imagined”, I can’t wait to see to see if this unique and imaginative retelling will live up to that promise. Next up is a finished copy of Seventh Born by Monica Sanz, another book I’m very curious about. The seventh-born daughter of a witch is given a new chance at a future by a handsome young professor who sees something powerful in her that no one else does.
Also my thanks to Subterranean Press for sending me an ARC of The Prisoner of Limnos by Lois McMaster Bujold, the next Penric and Desdemona novella. It’s also the follow-up to Mira’s Last Dance which I just recently reviewed, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Earlier this month the amazing folks at Pyr Books also sent along a finished copy of the anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2018 edited by Jane Yolen. Since 1966, each year has seen a new volume come out, featuring the nominees and winners of the Nebula Awards. So this is a great collection if you want to check them all out.
Huge thanks also to Tachyon Publications for the following new ARC arrivals: The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey by Peter S. Beagle is described as a rediscovered origin story featuring the “might-have-been” journey of the beloved unicorn made famous by the author’s 1968 classic. And How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen is a collection of her stories and poetry offering some unique takes on a number of fairy tale classics.
Courtesy of the awesome team at Ace Books, I also received ARCs of The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman, the fifth book in the amazing Invisible Library series, as well as Priest of Bones by Peter McLean, a delectable fantasy about an army priest crime boss who returns home after the war to find that his criminal empire has been stolen from him while he was away. For readers who like complex story lines and morally grey characters, this one sounds very promising. Finally, the publisher also sent along a finished copy of Irontown Blues by John Varley, a new noir science fiction novel about a detective who hunts for the biohackers responsible for unleashing a dangerous new disease. Plus, his partner is a genetically altered dog named Sherlock.
With thanks to Harper Voyager, I also received a finished copy of Temper by Nicky Drayden. I’ve kicked myself for missing out on the author’s Prey of Gods last year, which is why I decided to check this one out. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as I expected. My review will be up soon in which I will go into more detail, but in a nutshell, it was just too weird for me. I’m sure it’ll find an audience though.
And wrapping up, I received a couple of finished copies from the kind folks at Tor Books: The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal is the second novel in the Lady Astronaut series, sequel to The Calculating Stars (which I still need to read!) You might have also caught our #FearlessWomen coverage last week on this book which includes an exclusive excerpt, so check that out if you haven’t yet. And from the publisher’s YA imprint Tor Teen came this gorgeous finished copy of Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black, which I will be reading very soon.
In the digital haul, from NetGalley I received The Perfect Daughter by Kaira Rouda. I really enjoyed reading Best Day Ever last year and I can’t wait to read more of her work. With thanks to Graydon House for approving my request. Also thanks to Del Rey, I was able to snag an eARC of Thin Air by Richard Morgan. From the author who brought us Altered Carbon comes this mystery described as a tale of corruption and abduction set on Mars. To my great excitement, earlier this week I also received an e-galley of Exit Strategy by Martha Wells from Tor.com. This is the fourth Murderbot Diaries novella, and I can’t wait to dive in. From Edelweiss and Sky Pony Press, I requested A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna after a few early reviews piqued my interest. And after a few months of quiet, I was also pleased to receive a new pitch from Inkshares about their wild and dark fantasy novel, published under their Sword & Laser imprint. The Animal in Man by Joseph Asphahani was the winner of their 2016 manuscript competition, featuring a gritty and violent world where talking animal-human hybrids are split into five different kingdoms locked in war.
In the audiobooks pile, I received an advanced listening copy of Wildcard by Marie Lu, the sequel to Warcross, as well Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis, with thanks to Listening Library. And from Audible Studios via the Ethan Ellenberg agency, I received a review copy of Signal by Tony Peak, a science fiction thriller about an exploration team journeying out to a distant moon in the Alpha Centauri system to investigate an extraterrestrial signal. This one sounds like it’s right up my alley. Described as perfect for fans of Andy Weir and LOST, the story becomes a survival adventure after disaster strikes and the crew must learn to navigate a hostile environment while facing strange occurrences like false readings on sensors and bizarre nightmares.
My reviews posted since the last update:
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri (4.5 of 5 stars)
Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (4.5 of 5 stars)
Scream All Night by Derek Milman (4 of 5 stars)
Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio (4 of 5 stars)
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (4 of 5 stars)
Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky (3.5 of 5 stars)
Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (3.5 of 5 stars)
What I’ve Read Since the Last Update
Here’s what I’ve managed to “unstack” from the TBR since the last update. More reviews 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!