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:

Starfire by Dale Brown
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: May 6th 2014 by William Morrow & Company 

With the death of his heroic father, bomber and space warfare veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan must now fly solo, leading a team of young engineers designing Starfire, the world's first orbiting solar power plant.

Starfire will not only deliver unlimited and inexpensive electricity anywhere on planet Earth, it can also transmit power to the moon, and even to spacecraft and asteroids. It's a crucial first step in the exploration of the solar system, and Bradley and his team are on the cutting edge.

But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix's plans to militarize and industrialize Earth's orbit sparks an arms race in space that eclipses the darkest and most terrifying days of the Cold War. Before he can prevent it, Bradley and his team are caught at the center of a battle that threatens to become an all-out global conflict for control of space.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight edited by Jonathan Strahan
Paperback, 624 pages
Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Solaris

The best of the year's Science Fiction and Fantasy stories as selected by the multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan. The series moves to its new publishing home, Solaris, with this eighth annual volume of the celebrated and popular series.


The best, most original and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan. This highly popular series now reaches volume eight and will include stories from both the biggest names in the field and the most exciting new talents.


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:

• 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.

• The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The story of a man who repeatedly escapes death by travelling back to his youth.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. I like the look of both of your books. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Ooh, I love the stuff Strahan edits, I should probably get that. Enjoy these! And hee, I should be reading Morningside Fall too...

    1. Strahan is always reliable, isn't he? Great taste in his selections.

  3. THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES sounds rather original and interesting, Bob

    1. It's an odd sort of read - almost geeky in its conversations about time and fate - but a good one. I sat down to try a few chapters and next thing I knew I was 120 pages in.

  4. Don't seem like they're for me, but I hope you enjoy them!

  5. I haven't read any of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  6. Oooh, I always enjoy the Best SF & Fantasy books by Strahan, will have to look out for this one! I have Morningside Falls to read too but think I'm going to re-read Three first and I have got to start First Fifteen Lives soon, especially as it was one I was desperate to read!

    1. Morningside hasn't grabbed me yet (I miss Three) but First Fifteen Lives has been a pleasant surprise.

  7. The first book sounds really interesting! :)
    Happy reading!

  8. I don't think I know these ones but I hope you'll enjoy them. Happy reading!

  9. I haven't heard of those before, but I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  10. These are new to me but I hope you love them!

  11. Great haul! I hope you enjoy your books!

    Check out OUT's STS

    Leydy from OUAT & RCE

  12. I'm thinking I've read Dale Brown before but I'm not sure. Synopsis sounds great. Enjoy your new books!

  13. Starfire sounds pretty cool. I'm trying to work my way through the Baileys Prize long list at the moment.

  14. I havent heard of any of these but happy reading!

    Check out what we are reading this week.

    Also check out our Kindle Giveaway along with OUAT 4 year Giveaway.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

  15. Wonderful mailbox!! Happy Reading!!

    Here is my post

  16. I still need to get around to reading Dan Brown's books. He has been on my list for way too long. Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.

  17. I still need to give Dale Brown a try, my dad's been trying to get be to read them for years. I'm curious to see what you think of Claire North's book. It looks great.
    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday post :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  18. I bet my son would love The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year!

  19. ENJOY your books...again, I don't know any of the titles.

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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