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.

I'm desperately trying to keep the review pile in check, but finishing the 1100 page monster that is Words of Radiance this week has left something of a thick void on my table that I felt tempted to fill.

Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 15th 2013 (first published May 16th 2013)

A new entity is born into the internet. Is it the rebirth of an ancient evil in a new realm? Or something much worse?

A sexy looking avatar grants wishes for people across the web, but nothing is truly free, and for those who accept, what price must be paid?

Sarah Mitchell must discover the truth of this creature and stop it while it can still be stopped, but why is a mysterious lawyer dogging her every step?

Faust 2.0 is the first book in the new Mitchell & Morton series

The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson
Paperback, 208 pages
Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Tor Books

A new novella from New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson, set in the world of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Wurms of Blearmouth.

Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery.

But leave all that behind and plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter’s End, those most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village at the foot of a majestic castle. There they make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep.

Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle’s memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord—Ah, but there lies this tale.

The Valhalla Prophecy by Andy McDermott
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Dell

For fans of James Rollins and Matthew Reilly comes the new heart-stopping, globe-spanning adventure in Andy McDermott’s explosive series featuring American archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase.


In a Stockholm museum, thieves steal an enormous Norse rune stone, but not before killing a security guard. When Nina Wilde, head of the International Heritage Agency (IHA), and her husband and ex-mercenary Eddie Chase arrive to investigate, they are told a chilling story: A scholar has discovered that the stone may be one of two keys to finding the mythological site of Valhalla, where the Vikings predicted the world’s final battle would begin. The second lies at the bottom of a Norwegian lake. But when Nina and Eddie race to the scene, they’re hit with a shocking surprise.

Covert agents from around the world are drawn into a lethal game, including a ruthless mole in the IHA. Then a disturbing secret surfaces from Eddie’s past, involving a mission in Vietnam and a woman he tried to save. Suddenly suspicious of her own husband, Nina cannot afford to stop the perilous search for the artifact. For somewhere in a remote wilderness, two forces are about to converge: one that could save the world. . . . and one that could destroy it.


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:

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six edited by Ellen Datlow
I'm beginning to hit a wall with all these 'best of' anthologies, so I'm picking and choosing through this one, but some great stories.

• A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda
With the second Night's Edge book due for release in November, it's long since past time I get cracking on reaching Julie's first fantasy effort.

The Visitors by Sally Beauman
My first attempt got bogged down in relationships when I wanted archaeology, so taking a second crack at this one to see if we connect.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Ooh very nice, you got the new Erikson novella! I never got into his stuff or the Malazan books beyond Gardens of the Moon, but I know that one's highly coveted :D


  2. Nice haul! Don't know any of them, but I hope you enjoy them! =D

  3. Like the storyline of the second book.

  4. Erikson is a favorite with one of my sons but in spite of his efforts I just never warmed up to his writing. He will be thrilled to see something new.

    Thanks for visiting.

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

    Tsuki’s STS

  6. Oh they're all new to me! I hope you'll like them all. Happy reading!

  7. Haven't heard of these so all new to me, but hope you enjoy them and happy reading! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  8. Faust 2.0 sounds intriguing. And wow I imagine a 1100 page book would keep you very busy! Hope you have a great week.

  9. I should add Czernada's book to my stack. I liked her science fiction stories when I read them. Check out my week here. Happy reading!

  10. ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda sounds intriguing. Happy reading!


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