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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.
Just one new addition to the review shelves this week, the 4th annual anthology of international speculative fiction from the gang at Apex.
The Apex Book of World SF 4
edited by Mahvesh Murad & Lavie Tidhar
Now firmly established as the benchmark anthology series of international speculative fiction, volume 4 of The Apex Book of World SF sees debut editor Mahvesh Murad bring fresh new eyes to her selection of stories.
From Spanish steampunk and Italian horror to Nigerian science fiction and subverted Japanese folktales, from love in the time of drones to teenagers at the end of the world, the stories in this volume showcase the best of contemporary speculative fiction, wherever it’s written.
"Important to the future of not only international authors, but the entire SF community."
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Apex Book Company
As well, just one new digital editions to the must-read shelves, although I have some catching up to do on the first book.
Chasing the Phoenix
by Michael Swanwick
A science fiction masterpiece from a five-time Hugo Award winner!
In the distant future, Surplus arrives in China dressed as a Mongolian shaman, leading a yak which carries the corpse of his friend, Darger. The old high-tech world has long since collapsed, and the artificial intelligences that ran it are outlawed and destroyed. Or so it seems.
Darger and Surplus, a human and a genetically engineered dog with human intelligence who walks upright, are a pair of con men and the heroes of a series of prior Swanwick stories. They travel to what was was once China and invent a scam to become rich and powerful. Pretending to have limited super-powers, they aid an ambitious local warlord who dreams of conquest and once again reuniting China under one ruler. And, against all odds, it begins to work, but it seems as if there are other forces at work behind the scenes. This is a sharp, slick, witty science fiction adventure that is hugely entertaining from one of the best SF writers alive.
Published August 11th 2015 by Tor Books
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 finished The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic last night, so watch for my review (along with a guest post from Andy himself) next week. In the meantime, Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey continues to be my read of leisure, while The Crimson Corset by Alistair Cross has my full and undivided attention on the digital front.
What's topping your shelves this week?