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!
Thank you to 47North and the amazing folks at Wunderkind PR for Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg, a novel of magical steampunk, romance, and adventure. Right now I’m tentatively scheduling this one for a February read, and I hope it works out because the book sounds neat.
My thanks also to Crown Publishishing for this surprise ARC of Recursion by Blake Crouch. I loved Crouch’s Dark Matter so much, that any new book of his goes immediately on my to-read list! I hope this one will be just as fun and addictive.
A big thanks also goes to DAW Books as they have been spoiling me silly by surprising me with a bunch of awesome looking ARCs over the last few weeks. I didn’t know too much about Finder by Suzanne Palmer, but some research told me it is a sci-fi caper starring a protagonist who is a thief, con artist and repo man. Well, you have my attention.
Next up, Fire Season by Stephen Blackmoore is the fourth volume of the urban fantasy series starring the necromancer Eric Carter. I haven’t gotten around to trying this series yet, but it’s on the TBR. Looks like I’ll have some catching up to do. The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick is the start of a new fantasy trilogy offering an adventure through space and time. Despite Resnick being quite a big name in SFF, I think I’ve only read like one book by him. This looks a little different from his usual stuff though, and I’m curious to check it out. And finally, A Parliament of Bodies by Marshall Ryan Maresca is the third book of the Maradaine Constabulary series. To be honest, the author has so many series set in this world that I can’t really be sure if this is one I’m caught up with. I think I am, so I’ll probably read this at some point closer to its late March release. My thanks again to DAW Books.
Courtesy of the awesome team at William Morrow, I received a finished copy of The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk. This one’s a new discovery for me, though I’m aware it’s a thriller and its description looks promising in that it sounds like something that I would have trouble putting down and keep me reading into the night. I’ll probably find myself in the mood to read this at some point.
And thank you to Tor Books for this arrival that I should have featured a while ago, because it actually came before the holidays but it somehow fell through the cracks (quite literally). Willful Child: The Search for Spark by Steven Erikson is the third novel in his highly humorous and tremendously silly Star Trek spoof series. It is completely off the wall, but I’ve been enjoying it. I’ll be sure to be reading this when I need some laughs.
Last but not least, I’d like to give a special shout out to author Edward Lazellari for sending me a copy of his book The Lost Prince, volume two of The Guardians of Aandor trilogy. Tor had sent me a review copy of the third book, but I wasn’t caught up with the series yet, and when Ed found out, he offered to remedy that immediately. I’m currently reading this one now, so a review shouldn’t be long in coming!
And a, uh, bit of an explosion happened in my digital haul this week, on account of a bunch of audio review copies becoming available all at once. Courtesy of Macmillan Audio, I received The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, which I just finished listening to, and, well, I guess there’s some truth to the early reports calling it a watered-down Six of Crows. But if you like heist stories, it’s all good. From Penguin Audio, I grabbed Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, the first book of a new trilogy steeped in fantasy, mythology and history about a mercenary hired to find a missing child. From their YA imprint, Listening Library, I was thrilled when I saw they’d put up an advance listening copy of The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston, the final book in her Valiant series about female gladiators – which was downloaded straight away, of course. From Hachette Audio, I also picked up Golden State by Ben H. Winters. Anything he writes goes straight onto my to-read list, and this police drama set in a dystopian state has a unique and special twist that I think I’ll enjoy. And from Audible Studios, I couldn’t resist requesting Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish when I found out there was an audio version. I’ve finished this one already, so a review should be up in a day or two.
On to the NetGalley pile, The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller was a “Read Now” that I grabbed as soon as I saw it was available from Simon & Schuster. I’ve made it no secret how much I loved the first book, and I was ecstatic at the prospect of continuing the series. Murder Theory by Andrew Mayne is another highly anticipated sequel and was also an instant download with thanks to Thomas & Mercer. I don’t think I’ve ever smashed that request button as fast or as hard as I did when I learned that the eARC had gone out into the world. And already, that auto-approval from Random House Children’s is proving to be a double-edged sword, but I somehow managed to limit myself to one book that was actually on my anticipated YA list. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao is described as a dark Anastasia retelling, about a fugitive princess with the power to control blood. And finally, with thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, my request for Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé was approved earlier this week. I know expectations are never too high for YA Horror, but I really think there’s a lot of potential with this one.
A quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:
The Winter Road by Adrian Selby (4.5 of 5 stars)
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan (4 of 5 stars)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (4 of 5 stars)
Darksoul by Anna Stephens (4 of 5 stars)
The Lost Puzzler by Eyal Kless (3.5 of 5 stars)
Cold Iron by Miles Cameron (3.5 of 5 stars)
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale (3 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. I think I’ve only reviewed one of these so far, so more on the way 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!