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.

One last serious indulgence of the review pile for while, since I really want to strike a better balance between upcoming titles and my personal TBR shelves, but each of these struck a nerve or hit a particular niche.

Fearsome Magics edited by Jonathan Strahan
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Solaris

A cabinet of magic! A cavalcade of wonder! A collection of stories both strange and wondrous, of tales filled with wild adventure and strange imaginings. Fearsome Magics, the second New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is all these things and more. It is, we think, one of the best books you will read all year.

Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has invited some of the best and most exciting writers working in fantasy today to let their imaginations run wild and to deliver stories that will thrill and awe, delight and amuse. And above all, stories that are filled with fearsome magic! Authors set to take part in Fearsome Magics include Christopher Priest, Garth Nix, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Klages, Isobelle Carmody, Nalo Hopkinson, Frances Hardinge, Scott Lynch, Robert Shearman, Justina Robson, Christopher Rowe, Karin Tidbeck, K J Parker, and Justina Robson.

BANZAI GIRL Volume 1 by Jinky Coronado
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What's it all about?  BANZAI GIRL's Jinky Coronado (yes, I named the main character after myself) is a girl of three worlds; she just doesn't know it yet. Her nightmares of being both a Princess and a Future Freedom Fighter collide with her real-life as an Asian schoolgirl. Where her biggest obstacles should be homework, boys, and her Dad's new girlfriend, she is thrust into a world of monsters and madness. An alien invasion possessing her town's parents! Strange creatures known as the Duwende, the Kapre`, the Tikbalang, and the Manananggal! A schoolgirl-eating snake creature hidden beneath a shopping mall! Jinky becoming a model and recording star! And much more!

Tunnel Visions by Kurt Kamm
Published May 2nd 2014 by MCM Publishing

Working 5 miles inside a Los Angeles water tunnel in 1971, Willie Carter was one of 17 men killed in a methane explosion in what became known as the Sylmar Tunnel disaster. Tunnel Visions, a work of faction, blends fact and fiction, weaving together the historical facts of the Sylmar disaster, the current struggle for control over California's diminishing water supply, and a fictional plot to attack Los Angeles' water system. Nick Carter, Willie Carter's son, is a firefighter trained in tunnel rescue operations. His fiance, Cindi, is an ATF Special Agent. On a Sunday in 2014, they are swept up in a massive Homeland Security response to a terror alert in Los Angeles. At the end of Tunnel Visions, when Nick makes a desperate entry into a gas-filled Sylmar Tunnel access shaft in an attempt to save Cindi and prevent an explosion, his past and present are brought together in an unexpected way.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge
Published December 10th 2013 by DarkFuse

For Damien, growing up was all about being an outsider in his own home. His mother and brother shared an unfathomable bond that left him excluded from their lives. Yet his earliest, fragmentary memory of them was so nightmarish, their lives were something he ran from as soon as he could.

Now an astronomy graduate student in Seattle, Damien is happy with his place as a speck in a cosmos vast beyond comprehension. Until his brother turns up after 13 years, to make amends and seek his expertise on a discovery that may not be of this Earth. The more the world expands to admit the possibilities of a universe stranger than even Damien has imagined, the greater is his urgency to resist being reclaimed by a past that never seemed to want him…until now.

Like a collision of galaxies between H.P. Lovecraft and Carl Sagan, Whom the Gods Would Destroy looks to the night skies as the source of our greatest wonder, and finds them swarming with our worst fears.


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:

• Plague by C.C. Humphreys  
Historical fiction about a serial killer, a plague, and a culture of excess - written by a fellow Canadian.

• Jani and the Greater Game by Eric Brown 
A rip-roaring, spice-laden, steampunk action adventure series featuring a heroine who subverts all the norms. Sounds great.

• Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb  
Fitz and Fool are back! I've been sitting on this forever, waiting for closer to the release date to post a review, but I'm done waiting - time to get reading!.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Oh they're all new to me! I hope you'll enjoy them, happy reading!

  2. Looks like you got some great books this week! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

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

    Tsuki’s STS

  4. Love me that cover for Fearsome Magics!


    My STS

  5. Fool's Assassin is on my list too.

  6. Banzai Girl looks fun! Enjoy :)

  7. Whom the Gods Would Destroy looks awesome.

  8. Nice looking books! I'd have trouble resisting them too. I am also trying to strike a balance in my reading life. But some months are still all review books. This summer I'm trying to compensate by reading more of my own books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. 'Fearsome Magics' looks amazing, I'm going to have to see whether I can get my claws into it! The cover alone is enough to make me drool... Did you get it sent for review? Whom The Gods Would Destroy also sounds really good! Thanks for sharing :)
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  10. I see interesting books here. Enjoy!!

    Here is my post.

  11. Whom The Gods Would Destroy got my attention. Will have to grab that one sometime soon :)

    My new pretties :)

  12. Tunnel Vision looks interesting! It's going to be one of my Mailbox Monday picks for Books That Caught Our Eye on Wednesday!


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