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

In case you missed any of it, here's what happened in the Ruins this week . . .

Science vs Superstition, Military vs Monsters guest post by John F. Allen

The Fantasy Heroine of Today guest post & giveaway by Stephen Zimmer


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.


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
A generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

For Review:

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
The second spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America where the original heroes are now figures of myth and legend.

Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe 
Detan Honding and his trusted companion Tibs have set their sights on their biggest heist yet - the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia, but when a doppel starts murdering key members of the government, they find themselves in the middle of a revolution and a crusade.

Interior Darkness: Selected Stories by Peter Straub
Celebrated author Peter Straub's mastery of the short form shines in this wide-ranging collection of his most chilling, intense, and compelling tales from the past twenty-five years.

Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure by Mike MacDonald & Jilly Gagnon
A modern-day tale of woe where there are countless "options," but they rarely end well. It's okay, though. A life of adventure would require so many uncomfortable sleeping situations. Besides, you have dental. Keep reminding yourself about the dental.


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 largely caught up on my release date reviews, with not a lot of new fiction on the calendar for Nov/Dec, so I'm diving into the finalists of Mark Lawrence's Great Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off. I'll be posting the reviews as I go, so here's hoping I can celebrate some awesome reads over the coming weeks.

What's topping your shelves this week?


  1. Some big author named books this week.

  2. I'm very curious about Steal the Sky, if I can get my current TBR under control a little, I might go ahead and request that too. And looking forward to your thoughts on the SPFBO finalists, I've already bought a couple of the books after some of the positive things I've heard.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Bookshelf Roundup

  3. I look forward to hearing how the Bazaar of Bad Dreams is. I love the cover for it as well!

  4. I reaaaally need to read more Brandon Sanderson -- mostly I've read his standalones so far. Enjoy!

  5. It's been a while since I read anything new by Stephen King so I didn't know he had more short stories out. Hope you enjoy your books!

  6. I cannot wait to get that new Stephen King.


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