Mailboxes, Shelves, and What I'm Reading

Stacking The Shelves and Mailbox Monday are a pair of weekly memes that are about sharing the books that came your way over the past week, and which you've added to your shelves - whether they be physical or virtual, borrowed or bought, or for pleasure or review.

New additions coming in the door this week included:

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie
Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Permuted Press

From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

The Visitors by Sally Beauman 
Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Harper

Based on a true story of discovery, The Visitors is New York Times bestselling author Sally Beauman’s brilliant recreation of the hunt for Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings—a dazzling blend of fact and fiction that brings to life a lost world of exploration, adventure, and danger, and the audacious men willing to sacrifice everything to find a lost treasure.

In 1922, when eleven year-old Lucy is sent to Egypt to recuperate from typhoid, she meets Frances, the daughter of an American archaeologist. The friendship draws the impressionable young girl into the thrilling world of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, who are searching for the tomb of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

A haunting tale of love and loss, The Visitors retells the legendary story of Carter and Carnarvon’s hunt and their historical discovery, witnessed through the eyes of a vulnerable child whose fate becomes entangled in their dramatic quest. As events unfold, Lucy will discover the lengths some people will go to fulfill their deepest desires—and the lies that become the foundation of their lives.

Intensely atmospheric, The Visitors recalls the decadence of Egypt’s aristocratic colonial society, and illuminates the obsessive, daring men willing to risk everything—even their sanity—to claim a piece of the ancient past. As fascinating today as it was nearly a century ago, the search for King Tut’s tomb is made vivid and immediate in Sally Beauman’s skilled hands. A dazzling feat of imagination, The Visitors is a majestic work of historical fiction.

Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Jonathan Maberry
Expected publication: April 25th 2014 by JournalStone

Captain Joe Ledger. Former cop. Former Army Ranger. Currently the top-kick of Echo Team, an elite squad of first-class shooters who roll out to face down the world's most dangerous terrorists. Not fanatics with explosive vests or political hostage takers. Joe and his team square off against terrorists who have the most advanced and exotic weapons of mass destruction. Designer bioweapons. Cutting edge transgenics. Real mad scientist stuff. If they have to call Joe Ledger - it's already hit the fan.

JOE LEDGER: SPECIAL OPS collects several of the Ledger short stories and presents two brand new tales exclusive to this volume. Bonus features include character profiles and a never-before-published glimpse behind the scenes of the Department of Military Sciences. Join the Hunt!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is another weekly meme, this time focused on what books are spending the most time in your hands and in your head, as opposed to what's been added to your shelf.

With an eye towards my scheduled reviews for the next few weeks, I'm currently turning pages with:

Warriors by Ted Bell
A kidnapped American scientist, the threat of all-out nuclear war, and ancient Chinese torture.

• Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters edited by Tim Marquitz & Nickolas Sharps
Giant monsters and tremendous havoc. Like I need another reason to devour this?

• Morningside Fall by Jay Posey
Wren is on his own this time, but it sounds like there's no wanting of terror and adventure.

• Tales from High Hallack, Volume 1 by Andre Norton
High fantasy, fables, science fiction, and more - catching up with the Grand Dame of science fiction.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Oh nice! Haven't heard of these but do hope that you enjoy them!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. That first book deeply appals me and I'm deeply disgusted by authors who use kids in horrors and thrillers.
    THE VISITORS, on other hand sound interesting and nice

    1. I think it's that gut reaction that makes those books so chilling. Rereading Pet Semetary as a father was a completely different experience than as a youth.

  3. Haven't heard of these before but I hope you enjoy them.

  4. Interesting. I have never heard of these books. Enjoy them.

    Books of Love

  5. I'm looking forward to checking out Kaiju Rising. I've been hearing great things, you'll have to let me know what your favorite stories are. I think I'll start sneaking in a story or two every now and then between other books. The beauty of anthologies!


    1. That's precisely my approach to anthologies - slip a few in here and there between novels.

  6. That Suffer the Children cover is so creepy!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  7. Great haul. I hope you enjoy them all. Suffer the Children sounds really good.

    My STS

  8. Both books are new to me. Enjoy your reading. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  9. Nice haul! Suffer the Children sounds like it could be a really creepy read. I hope you enjoy your books :) Mt STS

  10. That first cover is so disturbing, haha. I hope you enjoy them! My STS

  11. THE VISITORS looks good.

    ENJOY your reading week.


    Silver's Reviews

    My Mailbox Mon-day

  12. The Visitors sounds like a book I'd enjoy, having read and liked Elizabeth Peters' series set in Egypt.
    Book Dilettante

  13. All of those look good and are new to me! Happy reading.

  14. The Visitors sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy all your books!

  15. Enjoy your books. I love the cover of The Visitors.

  16. Scary cover on the first one, enjoy! your reads.

  17. Suffer the Children looks like it might be either interesting of highly disturbing. Enjoy and Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions .


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