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
My thanks to the publishers and authors for the following review copies received, and be sure to click the links to their Goodreads pages for more details and full descriptions!
The new year’s ARCs are starting to come in. Most of these were complete surprises, and with thanks for Orbit for this awesome haul: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher is a journey of survival through a post-apocalyptic landscape, following a beloved family dog that is stolen and her owner who will do anything to get her back. I’m also looking forward to checking out Soulkeeper by David Dalglish, the opener of a new fantasy trilogy about a warrior priest who must answer the call to protect his world from monsters. Up next, The Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson is the sequel to Rosewater, which was one of the strangest books I read this year, but I nonetheless enjoyed it very much. Speaking of sequels, Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds is the follow-up to Revenger, a book I had some really mixed feelings about, so I’m still deciding whether or not to continue the series, and The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso is the finale volume of the Swords and Fire trilogy, but this one I know I’ll definitely be reading!
Also thanks to the kind folks at Saga Press for sending along an ARC of Vultures by Chuck Wendig, the sixth and final installment of the Miriam Black series. I look forward to this ending with bittersweet excitement.
With thanks to Harper Voyager, I also received an ARC of The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless, a dystopian sci-fi mystery about a society trying to unlock the secrets of the past. I hope to get to this one over the holidays, because the more I hear about it, the more curious I get.
From the amazing team at Tachyon Publications comes this ARC of The Unicorn Anthology edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman, a collection containing sixteen magical and powerful tales about unicorns from an incredible line-up of authors including Garth Nix, Patricia A. McKillip, Carrie Vaughn and more.
My thanks also to Ace/Roc/DAW for ARCs of Titanshade by Dan Stout, a noir fantasy thriller which, judging by the cover and description, promises a lot of fun; as well as Wild Country by Anne Bishop which is the follow-up to Lake Silence, the book that began a new chapter in the author’s world of The Others earlier this year.
Also thank you to Tor Books for the following finished copies: Blood of Ten Kings by Edward Lazellari is the concluding volume of the Guardians of Aandor trilogy, and I just realized I’ve only read the first book so it looks like I’ll have a bit of catching up to do before I can dive into this one; and King of the Road by R.S. Belcher is the sequel to Brotherhood of the Wheel, continuing this amazing series a secret society of guardians who protect travelers from all kinds of supernatural threats that seek their prey along the US Interstate highway system. I’m currently reading this now and I’m loving the hell out of it – be sure to keep an eye out for my review and a very special giveaway, coming soon!
And can you all feel the holiday cheer in the air? I got a few extra goodies in the mail this month, with a huge thanks to Harper Voyager for sending along a festive holiday package containing The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty as well as an ARC of its sequel, The Kingdom of Copper. Included with the books were also a couple of yummy looking Arabic sweets, which I’m looking forward to eat! Also a shout-out and a big thank you to Peter Tieryas, who sent me a Mecha Samurai Empire holiday card, which is so unbelievably cool!
My digital haul is lighter this week, with thanks to Tor.com for kicking us off with Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett, described as a haunting story that re-imagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Also thanks to Serial Box for providing me with an advance reading copy of The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon, and SL Huang. Described as a space opera combining adventurous action with political intrigue, this serial has been compared to sci-fi franchises like The Expanse and Battlestar Galactica, but all I had to do was take one look at the writing team involved and I was sold. And finally, I was thrilled to snag an advance listening copy of The Wicked King by Holly Black earlier this week, and this one is already queued up to be my next audio listen. With thanks to Hachette Audio for the opportunity.
A summary of reviews posted since the last update:
Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman (4 of 5 stars)
Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (4 of 5 stars)
Abandoned by W. Michael Gear (4 of 5 stars)
The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone (3.5 of 5 stars)
Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (2 of 5 stars)
Interviews & Guest Posts
Here’s to the authors who stopped by The BiblioSanctum this week!
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!