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.

First up this week are a few paperback reads I picked up at the local Book Outlet. On Stranger Tides just caught my eye (knowing Tim Powers inspired Pirates of the Caribbean certainly helped), Shadow Prowler is a series I've been curious about since reading Alexey Pehov's latest, and The Legend of The Crystal Lens had that immediate Romancing the Stone kind of appeal (even though I know nothing about Samantha Graves).

On the review front this week, I received a nice surprise in the mail from the good folks at Pyr - Sword of the Bright Lady by M.C. Planck. Just check out the opening paragraph of the cover blurb: "Christopher Sinclair goes out for a walk on a mild Arizona evening and never comes back. He stumbles into a freezing winter under an impossible night sky, where magic is real -- but bought at a terrible price."

On the digital review front we're definitely keeping it weird, with three new collections from Laird Barron (Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume One), Elizabeth Hyder (All Wrapped Up), and D.K. Jernigan (Tall, Dark, and Wriggly). Big thanks to the gang at Undertow Publications and Storm Moon Press for the reads.


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.

As for what I'm reading, it's quite a bit lately (spending a lot of time in hospitals with family does keep me reading), and while I have relegated several to DNF shelf, these are the ones that I expect to be reviewing soon:

It Waits Below by Eric Red
A sunken 19th century treasure ship, a salvage operation, an alien lifeform, and modern day pirates - sounds like fun!

Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress
The cover blurb had me at "Aliens have landed in New York" and a deadly plague that threatens human extinction sealed the deal.

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon by David Barnett
The first Gideon Smith tale was a Victoriana / steampunk mash-up, an old-fashioned horror story, a penny dreadful romp, and an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. Can't wait for the sequel!

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Very, ah, tentacle-y! Definitely some weird stuff this week.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My STS

    1. Yeah, some definitely some weird ones in there - we'll see how well they work - but Sword of the Bright Lady sounds really interesting.

  2. I haven't heard of any of those. They look good. Have a great weekend.
    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  3. Alexey's and Samantha's books look interesting to me, Bob

  4. Alex books always look cool...
    You'll enjoy On Stranger Tides. It 'loosely' inspired the movie shall we say. But a good book on its own.

    1. I wondered about that, Alex - it seems so odd for a standalone novel to inspire a chapter in a cinematic franchise.

  5. Ooh nice! These are all new to me! They look like exciting read though! Happy Reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. I have Nancy Kress's book on my TBR pile.

  7. WOW nice haul! These are new to me but I hope you enjoy your new books!

    Come and check out OUT's STS

    And dont forget to enter the giveaways!

    Leydy from OUAT

  8. Great variety in this mix. I hate octopus though so te cover art on two of your titles is really creeping me out :)

  9. Some of those books have some fantastic covers! Here's my MM.

  10. Nice variety of books on your horizon. I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading!

  11. I love the looks of those books, the covers look awesome! I might have to try one or two of them

    here's my week!

  12. Wow, some great covers, and that one On Stranger Tides has me thinking Pirates, but that could be because I just finished up the last episode of Crossbones.


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