Saturday, December 13, 2014

From the Shelf to the Page: This Week in the Ruins

The first week of December was an incredibly busy one, with more visitors wandering the ruins this week than we usually see in a month!


Coming up this week? A guest post from James Lovegrove, a spotlight on Bryan W. Alaspa, a guest post from Lee French and Erik Kort, more reviews, more tough travels, and the final installment of my Most Anticipated Reads of 2015!

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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.

A pair of interesting titles arrived on my doorstep this week. The first is a series I've been meaning to get into, so with book 2 on the way next year, now's as good a time as any to dig into the Author's Definitive Edition of The Unremembered by Peter Orullian. The second is the first book in a new series from an author I've been curious about for some time now, Master Sergeant (Book One of The Makaum War) by Mel Odom.


On the digital front, the review pile saw the addition of three titles that couldn't possibly be more different than one another. Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948 by Noah Berlatsky sounds like an interesting exploration of both the character and the soft-porn pulp novelist / psychologist behind her; Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher is another new sci-fi series by an author I've always wanted to read; and Orphans of Wonderland by Greg F. Gifune is an upcoming Samhain title that puts a contemporary spin on the Satanic hysteria of the 80s.



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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. I'm working hard to clear out my review queue before the end of the year, looking to a fresh start for 2015, so I'm giving several titles a shot this week:

What's Dead Pussykat by Sam Stone
1865 New York, a plague of gargoyle-like monsters, and a a gaggle of vampire women all add up to a tale of 'faith and farce' from the author of The Darkness Within.

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock
Moorcock's first new trilogy in a decade is an autobiographical fantasy of alternate history and a fresh threat to the multiverse we call home.

A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda
The second Night's Edge tale sees Jenn and Bannan escape the magical confines of Marrowdell through the dangerous realm of the Verge.


What's topping your shelves this week?

16 comments:

  1. Look forward to your final Most Anticipated post. Those have been fun.
    Asher's cover is awesome.

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  2. Both Peter's and Mel's books seem intriguing!

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  3. Curious to see if they really fixed up Unremembered in any way. I didn't read it but most of my friends were highly disappointed. BUT I know they supposedly made some series changes in this version.

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    1. I never read the original, but I've heard this version is actually shorter, which I guess tells you something.

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  4. These are new to me! Look good! Enjoy! Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!

    My Stack

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  5. That Wonder Woman book does sound interesting!
    Check out my STS

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  6. Interesting books! I hope you enjoy them!

    Come and check out OUaT's STS and don't forget to enter our current GIVEAWAYS!

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  7. I've picked up a few Bryan W Alaspa books over the last few months but haven't had a chance to read them yet. Hope they are as good as they sound. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Hope you're enjoying the Whispering Swarm. I probably won't be able to get to it until nearer the end of the month, so I'm looking forward to your updates along the way!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  9. Interesting, they're all new to me I confess. Happy reading!

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  10. I'm curious about the book by Julie Czernada. I have been meaning to give that series a try. Happy reading!

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  11. Happy reading and happy holidays

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  12. Oo, are you planning on reading a Play of Shadow soon? I was a little bored by the first and am curious if the second will have more adventure since they're traveling!

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    1. Just started it tonight - I'll let you know how it goes!

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  13. Hmm, the cover of The Unremembered looks familiar, I think I might've meant to pick that up sometime soon. I'll have to look into it -- hope you enjoy it!

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