Saturday, April 25, 2015

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

A nice balance this week, with lots of reading, our usual features, and even a few special guests:

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.

On the review front, a few new digital additions this week, the first two of which are destined to be WTF Friday reads. Car Nex: The Evil One by E.R. Robin Dover promises a NYC mayor who summons a creature of Hell to destroy the underground terrorist group he's been secretly financing, while F.U.B.A.R. by Joe King features a punk rock witch, a werewolf, a medium, a ghost, and a female Japanese ninja facing off against a globe spanning, world devouring evil.

The last addition offers up a chance chance to read an author I've been curious about for some time now. George MacDonald Fraser is best-known for his legendary Flashman series, but we're beginning our literary encounter with Captain in Calico, featuring an illustrious eighteenth-century pirate who marauded the Caribbean seas, lost his love to the governor of the Bahamas, and rediscovered his passion with famous Irish pirate Anne Bonney.

On the just-because front, I also nabbed a handful of Kindle freebies this week featuring ghosts, tentacles, elves, and archaeologists.

And, finally, I picked up my Book Outlet shipment of 'Daves' today - the Star Trek cross-over omnibus from David Mack, my missing Lord of the Isles volume, and a nice box set of first three Safehold novels.


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 took some time away from the new-release review schedule the past two weeks to work through my first five titles in the #SPFBO. Now that I'm back, I've decided to throw caution to the wind, ignoring release dates, and just reading what catches my eye.

• No Return by Zachary Jernigan
This is a book that somehow slipped by me when it was first released, but the blurb for the upcoming sequel caught my attention. It's a different sort of fantasy epic, a violent, sexually-charged, apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy hybrid . . . and I'm enjoying it.

• The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán
Anybody who thought I could sit on this until closer to the release date is crazy! It's a book that gets off to a rollicking, dinosaur-laden start, with some of the most inventive battles I've ever read, interesting characters, intricate conspiracies, and a biting edge to the narrative.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Bring on the dinos! I couldn't persuade my publisher to buy it :(
    FUBAR has such a great picture on the cover and such ugly lettering :(
    CALICO seems fun too

  2. FUBAR sounds quite intriguing...might check out more details on Goodreads. I need to find time to catch up with a few TV series as yet another week goes by without me watching anything except Masterchef...and some of the cricket...

  3. Oh the books are all new to me I confess but I hope you'll enjoy them all. Happy reading!

  4. FUBAR happens to be one of my favorite words of all time. Right along with SNAFU.

  5. Star Trek Destiny by David Mack looks interesting. It got great covers and with Picard calling the shots, lets Engage!!!

  6. Great haul. I snagged some of the freebies and put F.U.B.A.R. on my wishlist. Enjoy your books.

  7. Nice haul! I can't wait to hear what you thought of The Dinosaur Lords (it sounds awesome). Have a great weekend!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

  8. I love those freebies to. The dinosaur Lord looks like one I would also like.

  9. I've got No Return I've meant to read for the longest time as well. And I'm really looking forward to your thoughts on Dinosaur Lords!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  10. Oh, really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Dinosaur Lords!

  11. Oooh, Grave Haunting looks good. That girl on the cover is ripped!

  12. Looks like you had a great week. Enjoy all of your new books!

  13. I think I've said before that I'm jealous you got The Dinosaur Lords, but in case you didn't know...

    Hope you enjoy the new books!