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.

Just two new review titles this week, but both look like great ones:

Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Solaris

Jani and the Greater Game is the first book in a rip-roaring, spice-laden, steampunk action adventure series set in India and featuring a heroine who subverts all the norms...

It’s 1910 and the British rule the subcontinent with an iron fist – and with strange technology fuelled by a power source known as Annapurnite – discovered in the foothills of Mount Annapurna. But they rule but at the constant cost of their enemies, mainly the Russians and the Chinese, attempting to learn the secret of this technology... This political confrontation is known as The Greater Game.

Into this conflict is pitched eighteen year old Janisha Chaterjee who discovers a strange device which leads her into the foothills of the Himalayas. When Russians spies and the evil priest Durja Das find out about the device, the chase is on to apprehend Janisha before she can reach the Himalayas. There she will learn the secret behind Annapurnite, and what she learns will change the destiny of the world for ever...

Published May 26th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

In July of 2012, Celtic coins over two thousand years old and valued at sixteen million dollars were found on an island off the coast of France. Learning of the discovery, amateur treasure hunters, Mick and Joelle Scott, begin their research. Believing that they might find additional Celtic treasures in the same area, they decide to travel to western France. 

At the same time, Marcus Demetrius, a wealthy shipping mogul who believes he is related to Julius Caesar, becomes obsessed with acquiring the same antiquities. He will stop at nothing, including murder to obtain the treasure he desires. 

Demetrius’s associates begin sending death threats and the Scott family soon realize that they are all in danger. After a kidnapping takes place, Interpol, an International Criminal Police Organization, gets involved. A complex double-cross is planned that will lure Demetrius into the open, but not without placing the Scott family more deeply into danger. 

Will they find more Celtic treasure that has been hidden for over two thousand years? What ancient secrets will be revealed? In this fast-paced novel by DC Johnston, the Mick Scott Adventure begins.


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:

• City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett 
An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city - sounds good to me!

• Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell  
A swashbuckling adventure to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats. Can't wait to dig into this one.

• The Wurms of Blearmouth by Steven Erikson  
The side-tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are always great reads, a bit lighter and less dense than the main novels, so I'm looking forward to it.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Jani and the Greater Game looks fantastic! Steampunk NOT based on Victorian England? Such a rare thing. Now I must find it.

  2. Finishing up Scott Lynch's latest at the moment. Got sidetracked writing my own manuscript and editing, but should finish soon.

    1. Lynch and I have some serious catching up to do.

  3. love the setting of JANI AND THE GREATER GAME!

  4. Oh my, I want Jani and the Greater Game. IS THAT A CLOCKWORK ELEPHANT?!


  5. Not a lot of books for you either this week, we're nice this month lol. I hope you'll like them, they're new to me. Happy reading!

  6. Hadn't heard of these before, thank you for sharing :)

    My few additions ;)

  7. I like Eric Brown's other books. Might need to try this new series.

  8. Have a wonderful reading week!

    Here is my MAILBOX post.


    Here is my What Are You Reading? post.

  9. Celtic Treasure looks amazing.... ok, ok.... it was the cover ;)

  10. Your two new books do both sound amazing. I am a fan of steampunk. And, who doesn't love a treasure hunt? Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. Jani and the Greater Game sounds fun. Enjoy the books!


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