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 . . .

WTF Friday review of Sacrificing Virgins by John Everson

Fantasy Review of Damned Children of Naor by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio

Fantasy Review of The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston

Fantasy Review of The Winter Garden by Kara Jorgensen


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.

For Review:

Road Brothers : Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
10 short stories from the lives of Jorg and his Road Brothers. Contains spoilers for the Broken Empire trilogy. 5 of the stories have previously been published in anthologies, Contains the short story 'Sleeping Beauty' that is also sold separately. A total of 43.000 words or just over half the length of Prince of Thorns.

Miasma (Star Trek: The Original Series) by Greg Cox
The Enterprise-A is transporting a party of diplomats when it picks up a mysterious alien signal emanating from a nearby world. The planet’s dense, impenetrable atmosphere makes it unclear if the beacon is a distress signal, an invitation—or a warning to stay away.

Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard  by Lawrence M. Schoen
An historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds. In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy.

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 edited by Greg Bear
This anthology includes the winners of the Andre Norton, Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master, Rhysling, and Dwarf Stars Awards, as well as the Nebula Award winners, and features Ann Leckie, Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard, and Vylar Kaftan, with additional articles and poems by authors such as Robin Wayne Bailey, Samuel R. Delany, Terry A. Garey, Deborah P Kolodji, and Andrew Robert Sutton

Kindle Freebies:

Ethereal Lust and The Crystal Phallus by Richard Pendragon
Business is lousy, and Charley Wolf, P.I., is about to close up shop. But on his final day in his office, a high voltage beauty named Ethereal Lust walks in the door, seizes his heart and plops a fat wad of cash in his hand. Ethereal’s father is an exiled Tibetan Lama, master illusionist and member of a secret Tantric sect; her mum is a star acrobat, trapeze-artist and mud-wrestler in an erotic circus; and she wants Charley to find an ancient relic that may be older than the earth itself - The Crystal Phallus. 

A BigBoobenstein Family Christmas by Jeff O'Brien
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, a family of undeads were reveling in the holiday spirit, getting wasted, stripping, and watching porn. But when they heard footsteps on the roof, it wasn't Santa.


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 caught up on my release date reviews for 2015, 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. Good luck with the GSPF Blog off! I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on quite a few of them: Bloodrush, Priest, What Remains of Heroes...

    And I just started Barsk - it looks good!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    My Bookshelf Roundup

    1. Well, I'm halfway done, with 5/10 finalists read, so on a pretty good pace.

  2. Good haul! The Nebula Award Showcase one should be interesting. Hope you enjoy!

    1. Yeah, curious to dig into that one a bit. Probably not a cover-to-cover read, but some great authors.

  3. Looks like you'll have fun with the blog-off! Enjoy your books and have a good festive season!

  4. Nice to be caught up on reviews. Relax and enjoy all that Christmas brings.

  5. I am complete on reviews but pushing to finish the last books for challenges.
    The GSPF Blog off sounds interesting and fun. Hope you are enjoying it. I'll peek in on your reviews.
    Have a great week and happy celebrations.

  6. Looks like you had a fabulous mailbox this week. Enjoy the holidays!

  7. Happy reading and happy holidays


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