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!
Also thanks to the kind folks at Night Shade Books and Talos for the following haul: a copy of the brand new re-issue of The Heirs of Babylon by Glen Cook, his long out-of-print debut novel; Mythic Journeys edited by Paula Guran, a collection of classic myths and legends retold by some of the most popular SFF authors of today including Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, Ann Leckie, Ken Liu and more; a finished copy of Darksoul by Anna Stephens, the sequel to Godblind which I have already read and reviewed here; and The Warship by Neal Asher, book two in the author’s Rise of the Jain series.
My thanks also to Subterranean Press for this pair of lovely ARCs: Small Kingdoms by Charlaine Harris is an anthology featuring a handful of linked stories by the author collected in one volume for the first time, and Before I Wake by David Morrell is the author’s third short story collection containing fourteen tales featuring a wide range of genres and topics.
From Tor, I also received finished copies of The Revenant Express by George Mann which is the fifth book in a steampunk series called Newbury and Hobbes, as well as Endgames by L.E. Modesitt Jr. which is the twelfth novel in his Imager Portfolio series. Considering how both series are new to me, it’s highly unlikely I’ll get to either of these, but my thanks to the publisher regardless!
And a huge thank you to the amazing team at Berkley for this surprise ARC of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry that landed in my mailbox last week. I’ve enjoyed all of Henry’s dark fairy tale retellings so far, which makes me optimistic for this upcoming post-apocalyptic take on Little Red Riding Hood.
Also much love to DAW for this wonderful surprise of Pariah by W. Michael Gear, the ARC of the final book in the Donovan trilogy which I have been enjoying very much. I’m looking to seeing how things will wrap up.
Courtesy of Tachyon Publications, I also received an ARC of The Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, a historical fantasy inspired by the Russian Revolution with dragons!
Thank you also to Orbit/Redhook for these new arrivals: a finished copy of The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan, a historical fantasy about magic, family, love and sacrifice from the author who brought us A Secret History of Witches; an ARC of Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the hugely anticipated follow-up to one of my favorite sci-fi novels, Children of Time; and a finished copy of Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey, the eighth book of the epic space opera series The Expanse. Words cannot describe how excited I am about this next installment.
Also thanks to Simon & Schuster for offering to send a print ARC of The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller, the sequel to one of my favorite books I read in 2018, The Philosopher’s Flight.
And finally, my thanks to Flatiron Books for an ARC of this quirky looking book called FKA USA by Reed King. Described as something of a mashup of The Wizard of Oz, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Road, and Ready Player One, how could I not be curious about this fascinating debut that seems to have a little bit of everything?
In the digital pile, with thanks to Audible Studios for The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, a door-stopper of a tome which I’d hoped to tackle in audio so I was thrilled to receive a listening copy. And from Penguin Random House Audio, I received a listening copy of The Municipalists by Seth Fried, a book featuring the unlikely partnership between a U.S. Municipal Survey worker and a day-drinking know-it-all supercomputer. Color me intrigued.
Feeling hungry for a new thriller, I also requested The Rumor by Lesley Kara, with thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for the eARC. And last but not least, thank you to Tor.com for sending me e-galleys for The Undefeated by Una McCormack and Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan, both of which I’m looking forward to checking out.
A quick summary of my reviews posted since the last update:
A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery by Curtis Craddock (4 of 5 stars)
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte (4 of 5 stars)
Slayer by Kiersten White (4 of 5 stars)
Crucible by James Rollins (3.5 of 5 stars)
Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan (3.5 of 5 stars)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (3 of 5 stars)
The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (2 of 5 stars)
Interviews & Guest Posts
A shout out to the authors who stopped by The BiblioSanctum these last two weeks!
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!