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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.
First up this week we have a trio of review titles that I'm excited about. Jim Butcher is an author I've been meaning to read for years now, so it's nice to have the chance to get in on the ground floor of a new series that sounds very cool. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child are old favorites, and I have to admit to being absolutely stoked to get another early look at a new Pendergast novel (complete with secret chambers, shipwrecks, and murder).
Kristi Charish is an author I got to know very well early this year (check out her guest post), and I've been curious to see how she'd follow up her imaginative urban fantasy debut. Finally, Alistair Cross is another author I've gotten the chance to know over the course of this year (check out his interview and guest post), and I've been patiently waiting to get my hands on his modern gothic vampire thriller.
At the same time, I added a pair of titles to the WTF Friday queue of bizarro goodness. Technically, The Future of Sex is a review title as well (nabbed off NetGalley), but it sounds like a smart sci-fi thriller with an erotic edge. The Shoggoth Secret, on the other hand, is an Amazon freebie that caught my eye - an erotic Lovecraftian deal with a shape-shifting devil.
I also received a trio of titles in the mail this week from the good folks at Skyhorse Publishing. The Song of Synth and The Pilots of Borealis are both new to me, but I always look forward to the latest Best Horror of the Year collections from Ellen Datlow.
Finally, landing late Friday afternoon, I got the new hardcover release of The Lightning Stones by Clive Cussler's Oregon Files collaborator Jack Du Brul.
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.
After a false start (that, in hindsight, I simply cannot fathom), The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp is quickly shaping up to be a favorite read of the year. At the risk of sounding all pretentious, it is just a marvelous read, with a refreshingly unique protagonist, a new approach to vampires, and just a lot of classy, artistic, well-written fun. I am still thoroughly enjoying Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey as well, but she's taken a bit of a back seat to the adventures of Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang.
What's topping your shelves this week?